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Upsidedown gardening

Why not? Everything else is. No, but seriously: Anybody have any experience with this?

I've got a couple of extra buckets I could try this out with.

NOTE This is really interesting:

Donald Rutledge, a construction project designer and manager in New Braunfels, Tex., devised a triple-pulley system so he could easily hoist his nine upside-down planters 16 feet above the ground, away from ravenous deer. He made his planters out of five-gallon buckets four years ago, following instructions on the Internet. “The tomatoes and basil worked real well upside down, but the lettuce, peas and carrots weren’t so successful,” he said. “It’s been trial and error.”

We've got a huge deer problem up here; in fact, I had a conversation one of the gardening ladies walking by, who said she'd given up gardening entirely, the deer were so bad. So she might like this technology.

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caseyOR's picture
Submitted by caseyOR on

tomatoes and basil and had a great crop. I've read that cukes also do well with this upside-down method. It seems that vining crops would be the most successful.

Submitted by Lex on

Sure. It works pretty well for tomatoes, though i wouldn't do it with less than a 5-gallon bucket. The topsy turvy things just don't have enough soil volume to support a full grown tomato plant laden with fruit...watering at least twice/day isn't cool.

I'm not sure why it would be necessary for cukes. A real big hanging basket with cukes planted will blow up.

It does save horizontal garden space, but on the other hand you need significant structures capable of holding these things up with a mature plant and wet soil. The shepherd's hooks you buy at the garden center aren't going to cut it.

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Submitted by votermom on

and it worked well -- good airflow. This year I'm trying it with strawberries.
The thing is you are basically container gardening so the same rules about planting medium and feeding etc apply.
You do need a sturdy support. We have an old swing set that can't be used anymore... I hung it from that.