normally, you think of plants as development up from the soil. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. You can turn your garden topsy turvy and grow plants which normally grow upward from the soil by hanging them down from a planter. This is especially handy for the urban gardener wherever piddling gardening space is available.
You’ll be really amazed if you grow tomatoes the topsy turvy way. Rather than hanging downward towards the ground, the vegetable will sometimes turn upward to gather the sun, creating a very beautiful display.
A great plant to grow upside down is the patio tomato or cherry tomato. Peppers such as jalapeño, cayenne, and Tabasco, or any plant which produces small fruit on established limbs and branches will work great. Green bell peppers do not work well because the weight of the large peppers tends to break the branches before the pepper is matured. forever select varieties which are suitable for container gardening for your topsy turvy gardening efforts. Green herbs such as basil, oregano and sage are also great to grow for vertical gardening
Many gardeners who have used the upside down growing method obtain better production yield than produced by the same varieties when planted in the ground. It is possible that the production can be credited to the fact there is much less stress on the plants branches and better air circulation
The conception of topsy turvy gardening is really simple. This growing method works best using seedlings, whether you grew them from seeds or purchased them already growing. Rather than planting seedlings into prepared soil in the ground, the plants are planted in buckets or hanging baskets pointing downward. Common plastic five gallon buckets with plastic handles work really well for this type of gardening. You can also use large plastic pots with suitable sized holes in the bottom. If you elect to use large clay pots, you may find it arduous to prepare the pot bottom and the weight is significantly greater, requiring a much stronger hanger and plant hook to backing the planter.
Ideally, you want to use a planter which already had a handle but you can attach plant hangers if necessary to support the planter from your plant hanger. Five gallon plastic buckets can ofttimes be obtained at no charge from restaurants because these businesses purchase products such as bulk condiments, prepared coleslaw and potato salad in these containers. Frequently, once they are emptied, the food service business discards the buckets, resulting in more and more plastic filling our landfills. Simply as a restaurant you frequent if you can have some empty containers and will be very happy that you will take there waste away
Wash your plastic bucket well to remove any food or debris. If using a large plastic pot, clean it will if it has been used previously. If it is brand-new, you can easily run water through a pot to remove any dust or dirt collected while stored in the garden center or outlet.
Before planting, you will need to properly prepare your planter. Because the plant will be hanging down from the bottom, you will need to drill or cut a hole in the bottom of the bucket of distend the drainage hole in the plastic pot. In most cases, plastic buckets have a circular indentation in the bottom which is about two to two and one-half inches in diameter. Use this as a guide for creating your hole. You want to create a hole between two and three inches in size. This hole will be the Porta from which the plant hangs and grows.
Planting Your Upside Down Planter
Place the bucket or pot right side up with the hole pointing down between two objects such as boards in order to expose the hole but support the planter. If the stem root bundle is smaller than the hole, place a small square of cheese cloth or other porous cloth, sphagnum moss, coffee filters, or newsprint in the bottom and cut an opening through which the plant can extend.
Very gently Pace the seedling leaves and stems down through the opening, or if the root bundle is small, run it up through the space and wrap the cloth, moss, coffee filter, or newspaper near it for support. Hold the seedling so that two inches of the stem extends from the bottom of the planter.
While continuing to support the seedling in place, pack potting soil around the stem in order to anchor the plant and ensure it will not slide out of the opening. While continuing to hold the seedling in position, carry on to add soil to the bucket, packing it firmly. Once you have added enough soil to support the seedling properly, you can release the plant. Continue to add soil until the planter or bucket is about an inch or two above the root bundle. On top of this soil, add a layer of compost, about one inch deep. Then fill the hanging planter the rest of the way with soil, stopping about one inch from the top of the planter.
Hanging the Planter
Install a sturdy hook from which to hang your planter. Because a five gallon bucket of soil can be quite heavy when we t, It is better to use a strong sturdy hook rather than taking a chance and erroring on the weaker side and finish up having your plant hook fall out of the support.
Hang the plastic bucket from the committed handle. If using a pot, place a top-edge hanging placement on the top so that nothing constricts the pot bottom or interferes with the growing plant. thread plant hangers unfortunately are not going to work because they have a huge knot at the bottom that will damage the plant.
Water the plant well. You will know you have enough water when water begins drippage from the bottom hole shortly after watering. After watering, check the level of the soil to ensure it hasn’t settled more than two inches from the top of the planter. Add more soil if necessary.
I f you have the lid for the bucket, you can place it loosely on the top of the planter, but do not seal. This can prevent dampish ure loss and extend periods between watering. If you have no lid or are using a pot, be certain you water frequently enough to keep the soil moist. Check the soil as much as you can to make sure the soil level has not lowered and, if needed, add more soil to the top of the planter.
Using this method of vertical gardening to grow your tomatoes and vegetables is fun for the whole family. You will be sure to delight watching the fruits of you labor as your upside down garden grows with giving you a array of beautiful,healthy vegetables to share with your family and friends.