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Turn your plants on their heads to thwart pests and eliminate the need for stakes, cages -- even a garden.
Step 1: Get a container
Find a large plastic container for your upside down plant. Ready-made planters are sold at gardening stores, but you can make your own out of almost any kind of large plastic cylinder.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle by using a 2-liter soda bottle, milk jug, plastic bucket, hanging plant basket, or even a heavy duty trash bag for your planter.
Step 2: Cut a hole
Use a drill, hacksaw, or sharp knife to cut a half-inch hole in the bottom of your container.
A soda bottle or milk jug already has a hole, but you need to saw off the bottom of it to create an opening at the other end.
Step 3: Make holes for hanging line
Cut small holes just under the lip of the large open end where you can attach your hanging line. If your container is a bucket, it already comes with a convenient hanging handle.
Step 4: Attach hanging line
Thread hanging line made of a strong material such as twine, bendable steel, or leather through the container.
Step 5: Attach a hook
Find a beam or line in a sunny location where you can grow your plant and attach a sturdy metal hook on the underside of it. Now you've done the setup and are ready to plant.
Step 6: Insert plant
Lower your plant into the bottle upside down and gently pull the green stem and leaves through the hole.
Choose a plant variety that yields small vegetables at intervals, since larger varieties and plants that ripen all at once can put too much strain on the stem. Tomato, cucumber, and pepper plants are popular choices.
Step 7: Add soil
Spread out the roots in the upper part of the container so they have room to grow. Add soil to the container until it covers the root system.
Mix some compost into the soil to help the plant grow. You can also place strips of newspaper around the root ball to keep it upright and prevent soil from washing out through the hole.
Step 8: Make topper plant
Plant a small herb or flowering plant on top of the soil above the vegetable roots. Doing so not only helps retain moisture in the soil, but also maximizes space and adds a pleasing visual effect.
If you don't add a topper plant, cover the container with cheesecloth, mulch, or another breathable lid to prevent rapid evaporation.
Step 9: Hang and water
Hang your upside down plant from its hook and water it daily through the top opening until it literally bears the fruit of your efforts.
Did You Know?
Asparagus is the United States' most popular garden perennial.
I know this is really late but this is awesome! I love on a second floor apartment and have been trying to grow more of my own food. This will definitely allow me to maximize space as I already have hanging plants.
DO NOT USE A BLEACH BOTTLE! It is not best and can make plant have problems later, as bleach can still leach out of plastic.
Instead use a plastic bottle that was first used for food or drinks, to be safe
hello ..thank u for great video...can ALL PLANTS be grown upside down??? obviously the larger the plant, the larger the container has to be...i'm thinking of cucumber and squash/butter nut specifically....
Wow Growing things upside down . Hanging baskets are notorious for drying out, Its like hanging cloths out on a washing line in the sun and the wind to dry. You will be forever watering your overhead garden. Unless there's a good reason why you didn't just stand the planters on the ground, standing on the ground is much better. I have been using small pots, just standing them on my patio and got some great results. Want to check them out? Just visit my channel and see some patio leeks, carrots, beans and potatoes being planted, grown and harvested.
Snails and slugs and many other bugs don't climb up to get them when they are hanging. The plants stay off the ground easily without stakes or trellises. The air blowing through them keeps them from getting moldy.
Extending your ideas on how to grow vegetables upside down is quite resourceful. The information being provided is also an eco-friendly way of customizing your space upon growing this kind of system. I'm sure this will help! Good job!
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The food safety bill passed a few years ago makes it a crime to grow a garden and soon DHS will enforce it. They don't want you growing non-GMO food which they are using to kill us. In the latest farm bill is the Monsanto Protection Act, exempting GMO producers from all liability.
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Wow... Very cool.. A great way to recycle and grow plants at the same time.. I will have to try that sometime... Thanks: ).. I started a garden, first year... My favorite is vertically. Want to check out my channel sometime?
Wow... That is so neat... A great way to recycle and grow plants...Thanks ... I will have to give that a shot: )... I just started growing plants, first year . My favorite is vertically... Check out my channel sometime?
This method really does not work well at all. The plant grows toward the light no matter how you plant it and when the plant forms the veggies they break the stems. Remember those $19.99 topsyturvie things on TV? They are $1.50 now at walmart because of this problem
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