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Topic: My Version of the "TOMATO TREE" 100% recycled items  (Read 5135 times)
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« on: March 22, 2009 04:13:50 PM »

  Ok so i sat at home and was watching TV and ran into that commercial about the TOMATO tree. it ran for about $40.00. So i figured I could try to make one since I have a bunch of feed bags made from the same plastic. 
  I cut holes out and inserted a old small planter that the bottom has been cut off. then put a round wire base on bottom to keep its shape added dirt and plants and there it was my Version of the TOMATO TREE! for freeeee Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009 05:14:43 PM »

Brilliant!  (And, I was just telling my husband about "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."  He'd never heard of that movement!  Can you deal?)

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2009 05:26:15 PM »

My friend just tried this by cutting holes in a Trader Joes reusable shopping bag.  I'm going to show her this...great idea!

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2009 08:06:05 PM »

Super fantastic!  Now I know what to do with all those heavy duty plastic dog food bags that I just won't throw away.  Genius!  Thanks for the inspiration!

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2009 08:25:21 PM »

Verrrry nice.  Good job on the recycling.  I hope you have tons of good tomatoes.

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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2009 02:05:02 PM »

I was just looking at those at the store and wishing I could afford them-this is terrific!!

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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2009 12:41:42 PM »

Do you think that a person could make one with a cat litter bucket?  Then the bucket would be stiff, I could cut holes to fit old plastic pots from previously purchased plants and do the same thing.

What a good idea!!  I was thinking it'd be nice to do something like that.

How many plants could a bucket support?  2? 4?

I wonder if it'd work for roma tomatoes too.

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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2009 12:59:17 PM »

I did this sort of thing with some freebie 5 gallon buckets from the Wal-mart bakery-deli.  Planted "upside down" tomatoes.  Sort of like that exopensive thing on tv.  Worked great actually!! Good luck with the maters!!!!!
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2009 08:53:45 AM »

I'm so glad you posted this.  I've been thinking about how to do the tomato tree with stuff lying around here instead of buying one, and here's the answer!
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2009 06:24:21 PM »

Last summer, my dad made recycled a (tall'ish) round bucket as an upside down tomato planter.  It worked like a charm.  All he did was cut a 2-3 inch hole in the bottom, insert the tomato seedling and filled it with soil.  He used the handle to hang it from the fence.  He got a pretty good harvest! You could probably cut holes in the sides in increase the number of seedlings planted.  I'm planning on making one this summer with the buckets they use to sell compost in at Whole Foods. 
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