Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Planting Tomatoes upside down.

Here's how it works:

You will need a hanging planter with a hole in the bottom about the size of a half dollar, or a little larger. Plants should be about 5 to 6 inches tall.

Start with an empty pot. Put the plant into the pot upside down, being careful to tuck the leaves gently through the hole. Hang up the pot and fill it to the top with soil. You can make sure the plant stays in the pot by using a coffee filter with a cut to the center and it tucked around the roots of the plant and the potting soil put on top of that. Water your plant daily. Making sure not to over water. You should plant some flowers on the top that repel insects and to make the pot look better. Marigold plants are just right for this. Because Bugs hate Marigolds. They are a natural deterrent to bugs. So you won't have to use pesticides on your Tomato Plants.

Another thing you can do to help retain the water and not have to water so often is put the grass clippings on top of the soil. Plus if you water the soil and not the leaves you aren't as apt to get insects that are thirsty and hungry for the plant.

The tomato plant will grow toward the sun until it starts to get tomatoes on it and then the weight will make it hang down. Also if you are going to hang this near your deck or house make sure it is far enough away so you have room for you plants to spread out and not touch your deck or house.

I hope you have fun and enjoy your bumper crop. Tomatoes aren't the only thing you can grow upside down. Try other vegetables to.

1 comment:

sissie said...

Cool Idea!! i have never heard of this:)