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As you can see, I have started my
adventures into alternatives to the
traditional ways of gardening for this year. I
have four upside-down
topsy turvy tomato planters hanging on my old rusty
Each one contains a healthy organic tomato plant,
Heinz variety 2653
Seed Company. I bought the planters for $11.25 each
on Ebay, as well as a pattern to make my own.
Haven't made them yet,
we'll see how that goes. Hanging the tomato
plants upside down is
supposed to prevent the need for staking them up,
weeding and dealing
with pests. It also means you don't have to bend
down to do your work.
There's a hole in the top so you just get the garden
hose and put in the
water, and the excess drips out little holes in the
bottom. It's really quite
an ingenious design. This is what they look
like as of April 12, 2006.
If they appear to thrive, I'll be buying or making more of these and
hanging them from posts which my son will drive into the ground.
I also have hanging grow bags where the plants grow out holes in the
sides. I'm sprouting some green bean seeds to put in those, and
some asparagus. Will show pictures of those when available.
The whole idea is more food with less work, and it's all organic and
healthy. Growing vertically will at least double the amount of
plants you can grow with. Will show you pictures as they become
We had quite a bit of wind this week, and while the tomato plants I had
sitting on the table outside were whipped around until they were no
longer viable, the plants in these planters look no worse for the wear.
In the bags I put 2/3 potting soil and 1/3 compost. The soil here
is clay, which is not conducive to growing, so even if I was going to
do traditional gardening, I'd have to turn the soil and mix something
else in. That would be a lot of work, this is much easier.
Why grow your own food? Because it makes you more
self-sufficient. At times when you might not have money to buy
food, you can always step out your back door and pick something that
God and nature have provided. And, it's always nice NOT to help
fund the huge food-producing industry. It's nice to keep things
small and personal.
Try a gardening coop with your friends and neighbors so you can grow
and share a wider variety of food types.
often to see how my little garden is growing.
Sorry I haven't updated this page in a while. This is the
kind of tomatoes we are getting now. The date is July 2009. These
were grown pretty effortlessly, and we've been getting more of them
than we can eat before they go bad. Have decided to juice the
rest, and use the juice to make tomato sauce and freeze it, or make
tomato soup. These were easy, and four plants has given us more
than we can use. Anyone with little growing space or even an
apartment balcony can do this!
I highly recommend Steve Solomon's book "Gardening
When It Counts" as it tells how to garden under difficult
circumstances. Try It!
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