We loaded up an upside down tomato grow container this afternoon. I'm curious to see how well the plants grow in this container. Supposedly, its two-foot square 6 1/2 inch deep bed on top will support four four tomato plants growing from beneath and at least 4 other vegetables or herbs on top.
EXCITING GENTLY USED UPSIDE DOWN TOMATO BED COMING TO THE GARLAND COMMUNITY GARDEN
This bed is 2 feet square; 50 inches tall; and 6 1/2 inches deep on top. The first photo shows it in our truck laid on its side. You can see the underside of the bed. It has four holes about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. You poke the roots of four transplants (one plant through each hole and then add soil to the container and plant herbs or vegetables in the top.
My friend, Jane, who donated this container bought it in 2008. I was able to find a photo of it on the Internet but nowhere could I find it for sale today on the Internet. Perhaps you can get one on E-Bay? Jane said the she grew indeterminate cherry tomatoes in it. First they grew down toward the ground and then they curve back up toward the sun when they almost touched the ground.
In the top bed we will plant basil which is a great companion plant for tomatoes and perhaps parsley as well.
Since the bed really isn't that large 2 foot square and 6 1/2 inches deep) for supporting four tomato plants and four basil plants we will have to watch to ensure that we feed and water the soil well and regularly. If indeed, we can grow four tomatoes upside down, this container will really be an efficient one for urban dwellers as it only takes up two square feet and yields the growing space of four square feet.
The photo below shows what the container looks like with plants growing in it. To set it up, you first fill the base with gravel, sand or water. It has a hole with a cap for filling. You need to do this to stabilize it with some weight. The next step is to poke the roots of four tomato plants up through each one of the four holes (upside down from the bottom of the container). Then add soil that is rich with nutrients. Fill the rest of the container with soil up to the top and plant basil and parsley.