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Mishymishy
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« on: May 18, 2008 09:20:46 PM »

Made from a soda bottle, 2 plastic planter things from Lowes and 3 buckets from the 99 cent store!

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TaDa! Sorry, the pic was taken at night.



Any comments/advice? I've never grown tomatos before.
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2008 09:40:06 PM »

i have a tomato plant, a pepper plant, and a cucumber plant upside down in kids' beach buckets. the only thing that i have noticed with mine is that it needs water nearly every day. so, just keep a close watch on the soil to make sure it isn't too dry. and be sure that none of the roots get exposed to full sun in the clear things. sun can kill the roots.
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008 12:40:32 PM »

I second the watering...they can dry out fast...in really hot weather you might even want to water them twice a day. Make sure that the cord you use to hang them is really strong...as they grow and fill with fruit, they will get very heavy.

I did something similar with old plastic hanging baskets I bought filled at the nursery last year. I just cut the drain hole a little better so that the tomato would fit through. I filled mine with soil all the way to the top and planted basil in some and marigolds in others.

A friend of mine has planted cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and even zucchini using this method.
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silverrowan
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2008 01:56:30 AM »

These look like they'll work well, but one thing i really dont understand is why plant them upside down? Is there some advanage over growing them in pots on the ground?
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2008 08:35:14 AM »

Flippin brilliant that is!  Very creative.  Have you seen what they charge for the upside down planters you buy?  Ridiculous.
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Prickly Venus
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2008 11:10:36 AM »

wow, very clever!
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