Re: Upside Down Tomatoes
I would think a good name might be Upside Down Tomato. I like Topsy, Turvey,
too. Maybe Hang by the Heels tomato would work.
I have seen the directions on how to do this using a 5 gallon bucket. It
said to use a tall tomato plant so that when planted, it reaches within
about four or five inches from the top of the bucket while you only leave
about three inches of the plant sticking out of the bottom of the pail. The
instructions said to use moss around the hole/plant in the bottom to keep
the soil in place. It also said one could grow a cover crop such as lettuce
on the top to act as a mulch or put the bucket lid on to maintain the
moisture level somewhat. I wouldn't think lettuce wouldn't be such a good
crop there when the heat hits. Instructions said when the plant was
developed it would need watering nearly every day along with fertilizing
frequently. Be sure to use potting soil in the bucket.
Me and my co-coordinator are planning to do this very thing and make a
bracket to hang them on each side of our main gate sign in our community
gardens. I haven't decided what variety of tomato would work the best. Good
luck with yours and hoping for success with ours as well. Maybe we can have
a contest with pictures so we can decide who had the most success followed
with a write up of their method used.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Call" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2006 8:12 PM
Subject: [cg] Upside Down Tomatoes
> To All,
> While wasting my life away the other night watching the TV, I came across
> the QVC channel promoting a couple of Topsy Turvy Tomato Hanging Planters
> grow tomatoes upside down. They were about 29 bucks for two. Boy oh boy!
> I thought about using old 5 gallon plastic buckets instead at little or no
> cost.. then drilling holes in the bottom, inserting the tomato, adding a
> good soil/compost mixture and lastly hanging it upside down from our
> Because these tomato planters are like hanging baskets and receive alot of
> heat and sun exposure, they will be irrigated by a drip system on a timer
> (maybe twice a day).
> One more thing, I may have to create a heavy cardboard collar around the
> planting hole to keep the soil/plant in and to protect the tomato.
> Any thoughts on my simple design or tomato recommendation?
> Oh yeah, since they are grown upside down, should I call them the
> From Down Under" or the "Outback Tomato Crop"? :) Whoever comes up with
> unique title for these unusually grown tomatoes will be acknowledged on my
> website... www.casagarden.com.
> Since space is a valuable commodity in the CG world, others may want to
> this method.
> Thanks in advance for your recommendations/ideas.
> Jim Call, Huntsville, Al
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