There's always someone pissing against the wind. ;O)
No! Seriously. Why change from the good old standard method?
I always have more tomatoes, then I can eat, every year using pots placed on
my greenhouse border.
Yeah - I did this last year and it worked great. I got more tomatos
off the upside down plants than those in my greenhouse, which had a
mildew problem. As to why, I could water them from the deck (easy)
and pick them from the deck and ground. It gave me much more
functional space to garden (I also did red, orange and yellow bell
pepers and they did well too). The plants grew a lot faster. I
started from seed early and had large transplants. The stems of the
plants went all the way up in the bucket, so they were much deeper
than in my garden, giving them more roots early on. The tomatos set
faster and better. I think the dogs thundering back and forth on the
deck kept the plants well shook and thus well polinated -LOL. There
was no need to stake or cage the plants- they just hang down and keep
going. The downside was keeping the soil at the right moisture
content. The water tends to pour right through. I used black plastic
garbage bags tied with twine to cover the tops and this worked fine.
It was easy to remove the covers to water. This year I am modifying
the buckets by placing a ring of material (haven't decided what yet-
but something water proof and glued to the bucket- perhaps styrofoam
glued with silicon cement?) around the hole in the bottom and
extending up about an inch or two. This should create a reservoir of
water in the bottom of the bucket that will wick up through the soil.
Watch out in the beginning that the plants do not turn up and go back
into the bucket. After they have grown a bit they are two heavy to
turn up and this is no longer a problem.
ok, I've never heard of this method. I'm "assuming" that you are
talking about hanging the bucket upside-down with the plant growing
toward the ground? If that's the case why not just cut a hole in the
bottom of the bucket put the root end of the transplant through the
whole, put dirt in the bucket and secure the seedling and then fill the
bucket and hang as you normally would hang it (right side up)? That way
the plant would have one heck of a time getting through the plastic to
get back into the bucket. ;-)
If I had a place that was conducive to trying this, it'd give it shot.
Unfortunately, that's not the case.
I've grown tomatoes in hanging baskets for a few years now. They'r
great. There's one type called 'Tumbler' which, as the name suggests
is ideal for this and produces a heavy crop of Cherry Tomatoes fo
practically the whole summer.
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