Start with a large container that can
be used as a hanging basket. The hole
in the bottom should be about the size
of a ping pong ball.(You may have to
enlarge the hole in some containers).
Then take your small seedling and work
it carefully through the hole from the
inside of the container. Fill the
container with your favorite potting
soil mix and hang your upside down
tomato outdoors in the appropriate
spot. The cherry type tomatoes look
most attractive hanging.
To prevent damaging plants as you put them through the holes in a hanging basket, wrap them in a thick plastic (like a bit of compost sack) or paper and then put it through the hole. No damaged leaves!
a friend sometime ago, suggested to use plastic bag as a planter -- not the regular trash bag but one that is of thicker quality like the trash compactor plastic bag... tied on a strong rope that will hold the weight. she did not use regular soil. intead combination of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. she did manage to have ample harvest on her hanging tomato planter.
windsurfer, I dont think that the pot is turned upside down, you make a hole in the sides/bottom and feed the plant thru that, then you hang the planter the way you would normally, just the plants would be coming out of the sides/bottom. My neighbour did this, she had about 4 or 5 baskets, and they looked pretty neat.
Hey Everybody, This sounds like a great idea! I have already done one and am cleaning more baskets left over from last year and plan on doing more. I think this is a wonderful idea. I had never heard od it, so I am gonna give it a shot! I already have a tomato garden and lots of other veggies in it too! So I am gonna do a few for myself and for some elderly folks in my family!!! Would be so easy for them. I have some Professional potting mix that I am using in them as well as I am mixing it with humus and manure(very small quantity of that) I am looking forward to seing this !! Thanks so much for the wonderful creative Idea!
I have about 6 or 7 hanging tomatoes in the g-house...I really need to get them out and on the deck or somewhere. They are drying out quickly in there and needs lots of watering. I put some in standard 10 inch hanging baskets and a couple in bigger buckets. The bigger the pot the better folks. I also put marigolds growing in the tops of some of them and they look rather nice.
Most of the baskets have Sungold or Isis tomatoes but I went ahead and put in a medium-sized tomato in a couple just to see how they'd do. (Ultra-Sweet is the one I chose.)
Elaine, no sign of whiteflys perhaps because of the repellent properties of some marigolds (I used a dwarf Harlequin type called Mr. Majestic, my absolute favorite marigold.)
Oh pshaww! Just make the hole bigger tiG..you can fill in around it with newspaper or something to keep the dirt in...c'mon, give it a try! (it's still early in the year ya know.) (shhhs...besides, maybe you could enter it into the container gardening contest...who knows what one can plant something upside down in, eh? eh?)
Shad's mother told me about this thread when she picked him up Wednesday afternoon. We talked about it and I do believe I'll give it a whorl. We have some 5-7 gallon pails that have cracked bottoms so I won't be losing anything by making the hole in the bottom. I'll have to buy a plant. I think I'll go for a cherry tomato one. Come to think of it, Kris said she has some volunteers from last year so I may be able to get one from her.
DH got tired of me trying to find places to hang these baskets (we dont have eaves on our house, and not too many tree branches can support the weight of these baskets...soooo...for my bday this year, he bought me an upside down tomato garden!!!http://www.hammacher.com/publish/67403.asp?promo=search
I cant tell you how amazing this thing is...it was expensive, but it worked out well for both of us...Now I have 3 tomato plants in there, and one pepper plant.basil on top...there is room for 4 more mater (or pepper, or whatever you can think up) plants if I cut out the additional holes. Of course I also have about 50 mater plants in the ground with stakes...but the hanging ones are my pride and joy...
This is a great topic
But did you know there is a tumbler tomatoe available now
I saw it on Vancouver Island at Coombs- west coast of
I havent seen it since then( few years ago) - it was
doing well planted on the top and tumbling over the sides
- it was a cherry tomatoe
Sun, you most likely mean 'Tumbler F1'.
Actually have this one currently growing in a hanging basket. Kinda ugly looking plant and rather large for a hanging basket (~6 feet/2 meters trailing down) but plenty of tomatos which are tasty.
Here is an updated pic. Planting them upside down and watching them grow is so facinating and fun.
Hoseshoe...your plants look awesome. I hink I might have to many plants in the top part. I feed this baby a lot though...everyone around here is having fun with this guy.
I can't wait until some fruit set..woo hoo. I only did one this first time..green grape tomatoes..gonna do many more next season. Since we need to really have hoop tents over them to produce and ripen well... it may be easier to cover the hanging ones.
The friend that told us about this, said that any size tomatoes will work...for reasons unknown to me...they don't fall off the vines.. hee hee.
I want to try to growing some other veggies this way next year. Might even do some of my peppers upside down this year.
Alright, we are trying broccoli and brussels sprouts. Don't laugh I think it might work. But Boy do they ever need alot of water.Shoe maybe you are on to something with corn - at least the deer can't get them. Tomato plants are looking good. Anxious to hear how they will fare during the summer. D.
Yep! Can't wait to see what happens. It sure makes it easy to weed and water. We'll see said he picked up the hammer and saw. Glad to hear others are experimenting. We also have potatoes in tires. We are on our fourth tire already so maybe we'll have our own leaning tower of Pisa here in Ontario. Scared to death we aren't doing these potatoes right - open to all suggestions. D
bitty...my pics were from last yr. I decided not to do any this yr, altho I wish I had! Mine did okay (last yr)...had to really water them a lot cuz I grew them in small pots. Next time I do them I'll use five gallon buckets.
Sure is a fun way to grow maters tho! If you grew that many I bet it was a sight to see!
Hi ...new here...I plant tomatoes like this to...and also scalloped and yellow squash...works out great !...I use 5 gal buckets and I buy old wooden ladders (the A framed kind)..lay a board between them on top and hook plants to it...the steps I use for other containers of flowers etc etc, what ever you want..we placed 4 ladders spaced apart and have tomatoes everywhere...under those we put chicken wire ringed loops and planted potatoes...everything grew great ...containers rule ! and upside down works...even for okra !
Happy Dirt Digging...Dee
Welcome,meBeLADY2!!! But we goin' haf ta call u Dee or something easier to type!
Welcome aboard!!! You will just love it here! This is just a big family of 'Dirt-diggin', big-hearted, sharin'& carin' folks!!! Right, Shoe?
Can't wait to see your pixs!!!
it's funny how those tomatos want to grow upwards, I just planted some this week, and their already growing towards the sun, I posted a pic on the tomato forum the thread is would you look at these silly things. guess they'll stay like that, till they get bigger.
Could I grow Brandywine??? I am trying these for the first time this year. I thought I'd try a couple upside down in pots and the rest in the ground. It seems to be a great method. Wonder who came up with this or how long it's been done. Must have been someone who didn't have a lot of space. What's that old saying...necessity being the mother of invention. I can't wait to try this!!
Oh thanks so much Bittysgarden, thought I wasn't gonna get an answer. This sure sounds like a fun project.
I was looking at my new Gardeners Supply Co. catalog and they sell a bag for growing upside down plants. They sell for $19.95. Anyone ever used it?
Horseshoe, now how would you know what mickey d's throws in their garbage? Are you one of them there dumpster divers? LOL- I am only kidding. I was really hoping you would post again on this thread.
But seriously Shoe, at the risk of sounding dumber than I actually am , how do you keep the dirt from falling thru the small holes? I think someone earlier had asked but maybe I overlooked the answer.
Frogsrus, I have 2 cats but never buy in the buckets b/c with my bad back, it's hard to get them home. I need to buy some in the next few days so I will get my big, strong DH to go with me and buy some in a bucket.
You guys are the best!!!
Hehehe...yep, berrygirl, I"m a certified dumpster diver! (However, most of them buckets they leave on the ground NEXT to the dumpsters.) (If you ask, they'll even save them for ya!)
As for the dirt falling out the bottom, no prob! I made a hole in the bottom about 3 inches wide, stuck the plant thru it and packed dirt inside the bucket around the root system. You can easily tamp it down to hold the plant in place. Fill it up w/soil and water gently...the roots (as they grow) will hold the soil in place. Ta-dah!
Moms are getting these for mothers day. I'll take a picture tomorrow. I had planned on putting petunias in the top, but when I went after some annuals yesterday, I picked up some nice pepper plants and decided to put those in the top instead.
I also made one for Hubby's 96 year old Grandpa who just had hip surgery about a month ago... he was complaining then about not being able to put out his tomato plants... he's going to love it.
So... tomato in the bottom, Green Pepper in the top.. I'm keeping one here for myself! I think I'm even going to do one with grape tomatoes... thinking if they're in easy reach maybe the kids will munch on those this summer...
My chicken coop has an end that is open. I water the poop out that side every day. Over in the corner some must have gotten lodged and because i feed them tomatoes one sprouted and started growing a plant that now dangles out the back.
We stopped planting tomatoes. We just rake everything out the chicken wire to the outside sides and tons of tomatoes growing all around the cage. You should how green these plants are. I want to invent a way to put a garden next to a few chicken runs and have the clean up run off water all my plants.
Sounds like ya'll don't suffer from a shortage of maters at your house!
I put a couple tomato plants in some upside down buckets this past weekend. Also a couple weeks ago I put a couple Tumblers (thanks to Eweed) in some hanging baskets (they have lots of flowers and small maters on them! Looking forward to harvest time!
frogs...that pot is 14 inches across, nine inches deep, and has a water reservoir. And yes, I'm taking a chance here to see just what it does.
The Tumbler tomato was bred for hanging baskets. It's a determinate so as long as it gets proper feeding and watering it'll produce fruit its "allotted" amount of fruit. (Actually, I've already taken a couple suckers from this plant and have them rooting so I can have a successive crop.)
I definitely would not use a pot this size for other types of tomatoes.
Shoe my 12 inch basket is only about 7 inches deep I am just trying one that way to see what will happen I expect it to grow ok for a while then stall I expect watering will be twice a day I might hang it on the house under the eves because I have a spray water system that waters thirty some hanging baskets at the same time making the watering pretty painless. The rest will be in a much larger container. Last year I grew five in one of those oblong stock tanks about 20 inches by three feet. They covered the metal sides compleatly and hit the ground with production like there was no tomorrow. Linda planted flowers there this year.
I told you tumblers were awesome what date did you start yours I started mine april 4 and 14 no flowers yet but pretty soon for the first. I think I will do at least two the upside down way in a bucket. By the way if there are any dairy farms near you they get teat solution in small plastic drums that will support three plants but best with two I think. Ernie
I was reading this over the weekend & thinking how terrific this would be for my folks who are not spring chickens & this would make things much easier. There are alot of things like bush beans that my mom just won't grow anymore because she can't get down to pick them. So today when I was there I told her about this & she was thrilled! We went right out & started making them. So far we only have tomato & bell pepper buckets made, but next monday when I am there again, we are going to make more. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea! I even brought 2 home for myself, so I guess I AM having a garden this year. LOL
Just as I get my very first vegetable garden planted, and start digging up any free space left in the yard for flowers, I stumble across this thread... my fiance is gonna shoot me if I try this, too! LOL
There's always next year, though. ;) Thanks to all for sharing their ideas and success with this, along with the pics!
It's the COOLEST, Shoe! I am just so thrilled. I was afraid my pots were too small, but they are fine. I have just thrown a handful of triple 16 in at the first of each month, and water daily & they are so happy. I never thought I could have a garden here in town. Next year I am gonna make another one for strawberries but drill the holes around the sides. My mom says she is gonna try brocolli next. LOL
No, there are no reservoirs, but I know the kind you mean. My mom did the big white buckets like in your picture, but in her mater pots, she put her bell peppers on the top. They are not doing well & she says it must be because they are such heavy feeders that they are competing too much.
I did use the lids from the white buckets to put on top of my pots and I think that is keeping them from drying out. They just lay in the top with a little gap all the way around.
Concerning watering, Gardener's Supply Company is selling a new upside down tomato planter called "The Gardener's Revolution Planter." It has a water saucer on top of the planter (of course the tomato plant comes out the bottom). There is a capillary strip coming out of the saucer over one side of the rim, running down along the outside of the saucer, and then underneath the saucer, wedged between the bottom of the saucer and the soil. That's according to the diagram on the website.
Maybe that system could be adapted to homemade versions?
One thing I did which helped keep the soil moist, was to take the lid from the 5 gallon bucket I used and set set it back in place once the bucket was planted and hanging. Don't snap the lid in place, just set it there so you can easily lift it to water. And you will need to water frequenty. I have done this a couple years now and my only failure was last year when I did not keep it watered and the poor mater kept wilting down and I stressed that thing out so badly, no wonder it could not perform! But when done properly, it is a a lot of fun and really works! Next one I do, I am going to drill some holes on the side of the back and add a few strawberry plants. And then I will WATER! lol
Was fun seeing this thread come to the surface again, good luck to everyone trying this. :~)
I am arriving very late into this topic - but I am definitely going to find use for one or more of my kitty litter buckets. I think I will paint them first - with Fusion paint - and then watch out what happens. This should be fun!!!!
I plan to put 2-3 tomato plants in each (bottom and sides) and flowers in the tops. I am going to try and paint the buckets because they're an awful bright orange with Home Depot logos and they'll be in plain view of the neighbors over the fence, so I should be nice and try to make 'em puuuurty I think :)
Gina...I am doing the upside down mater thing this year. I went upside down with 15 indiginous celebrity hybreds about two weeks ago. They seem to be happy and about ready to find a new home. I am going to donate them to the Retirement Homes in our area and try to provide a distraction for some of the Older Gardners who just don't have the opportunity any more. I am using 2 gal pickle buckets because of the weight of 5 gal. I think it is enough for the root system to mature. I have them on a drip irrigation system and they get 4mins of drip, 4 times a day.
Are we having fun yet?
Here is a photo of my Topsy Turvey. It was planted on April 15th with a yellow pear tomato plant. I am really tickled with it's progress, especially in light of the killer drought/heat we are having here in Texas. :)