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Upside-down tomatoes 
11th-Jul-2012 07:16 am

Achaosofkittens and I have talked about trying hanging tomatoes for a few years. This year, we went so far as to buy the plants and the potting soil, only to discover that we didn't have a good place to hang them, nor did we still have the containers anymore. I mentioned this to my sister, who logically pointed out that I had a birthday coming and that figuring out a [really truly nifty] present for me was often a challenge. On Tuesday, a very tall box arrived labeled "four-arm plant hanger." Seeing this, I dashed down the hill to purchase tomato containers. After he got home from work, CK and I put together our latest garden creation.

11th-Jul-2012 11:40 am (UTC)
Why upside down tomatoes? Trying to avoid deer?
11th-Jul-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Trying to avoid digging, I think. This is one of those wierd things that was developed for people who don't have gardens. We're just trying it for the nifty factor.
11th-Jul-2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
my uncle uses old paint buckets. (drill hole in bottom, fill with dirt and put on the lid, put in seedling in hole and leave for a week so the roots will secure plant in bucket, flip over and hang by bucket handle.) He built a hanger out of lumber & hung them 7' up, and apparently they grew so well he's worried they might hit the ground.
11th-Jul-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a great idea!
11th-Jul-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
It looks Great! Glad you and CK were able to get it put together quickly. The one thing my friend's Grandma couldn't answer for me was how long it took to assemble. Hopefully the tomatoes like it too. :-)
11th-Jul-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
It was really simple, but I do recommend having two people because of needing someone to hold the planter while the other person gently eases dirt around the tomato after it is inverted.
11th-Jul-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
My grandmother, who had a reputation for being, er, difficult, was given a set of the upside down tomato planters one year, and tasked my dad with getting the plants to put in them. Trouble was, she had apparently seen somewhere that you had to have upside down tomato plants to put in the upside down tomato planters, and refused to be convinced otherwise. They ended up getting regular plants, obviously, there being no such thing as upside down tomato plants, but I think there was some kind of additional effort with labeling to get around the Granny factor.
11th-Jul-2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
I can just imagine the labels that got created for this! That must have been fun.
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