If you have a late fall or winter vegetable garden, growing tomatoes upside down could be just the answer to keeping your plants healthy through the harsh winter months. But how would you get started? This article will give you some great ideas for choosing which type of container will work best.
Indeterminate tomatoes are an early bloomer and are typically used for indoors. These plants grow up upside down because the indeterminate vines do not have a bottom support. The vines reach full maturity before falling off one item after another. The idea behind indeterminate tomato planters is that the leaves do not need to be removed during harvest. The stems continue to grow until the plant flowers once more, at which time the flower stems are pulled off and the plant is replanted.
Bushels are another early bloomer with the ability to be grown upside down. Because the larger tubers can be easily uprooted, the soil can be hand tilled in the manner typical of outdoor gardens. The tubers can also be divided and replanted if the container has been well cared for. Some gardeners prefer to place the bushels in a plastic pot with a wire support so that they do not freeze during the winter months.
To start growing tomatoes upside down, you first must prepare the soil. One way to prepare the soil is to make a bristle broom or wire brush out of a branch of your favorite plant. Use the wire to brush away any large rocks or tree limbs on the soil. Once this is done, the soil should be moist but not wet. A simple test to determine moisture content is to drop a handful of water on the plant and see if it drops immediately.
If the soil appears moist but not saturated, it is safe to plant your seeds directly into the soil. However, if the soil is too dry, the plant will experience a cold frame which is similar to frost. This cold frame will not allow the plant to grow properly and can be minimized by raising the growing tomato inside of a 50 pounds bucket. A 50 pounds bucket will be heavy enough to hold a tomato plant and a root ball.
Planting your plants upside down will also allow you to place a hanging basket on the tree for decoration and mulch. To start, remove the plants from their containers and slice the bottom end of a long branch. Attach the branch to the base of a table or a sturdy table stand with rotted wood screws. The upside down planter will hang upside down from the tree with support brackets on each end. Do not attach the bottom bracket yet because it will eventually be needed to attach the soil material.
The reason the tomato planter works so well is that it provides the needed support from which to grow your tomatoes. In addition to growing upside down tomatoes, you can also grow upside down vegetables such as lettuce. This means that you can easily move the plants around the house and even use them as an alternative for the ugly plastic greenhouses. Since the container garden requires less space than a conventional garden, this is a great way to save space in your home.
For those who are interested in growing tomatoes upside down, there is a growing list of things you can do to help the process along. One option is to use a paver to position the container on your patio or deck. You can buy a pretty table tennis table that allows you to practice your tennis skills while growing your vegetables. Another handy tool to use is a small potting soil auger. Finally, you can line the bottom of your container with a shallow dish of peat moss or some other type of drainage system so that all of the excess water drains out.