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Old 02-23-2008, 09:55 PM   #11
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I've seen print ad's for these for quite awhile. I saw a tv commercial for them tonight and thought I might buy them for my sister. She and her hubby grow as many tomatoes as possible in the little spot they have. They would be able to grow more off of their garage by hanging them.

I'm wondering about other's real-life experience with them as well...
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:06 PM   #12
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Hi... I'm new at DC! I tried a hanging tomato... I made a container out of an empty kitty litter bucket. The tomato died, however I think it died because I started it too early. Our spring has been much cooler than normal, and it just couldn't get going. I'm going to try another though!
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:11 PM   #13
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Michael,
Grow toms any way, which way they grow - they will find the light and be glorious. BUT just make sure that you feed them lots and plenty - as you progress the little plant from one pot to another, place a banana skin on the bottom. Toms love the potassium given by banana skins. I skid you not!

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Old 05-29-2008, 10:07 PM   #14
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Thanks for the tip, archiduc. That's an easy one.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:21 AM   #15
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how to plant hanging upsidedown tomatoes - Instructables - DIY, How To, home, green - Entry
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:39 AM   #16
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I think this would be a fun way to grow tomatoes all year. In the winter you could actually suspend your plants from the ceiling in front of a sunny window it would look great in sunny kitchen. I wonder what else one can grow upside down?
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:28 PM   #17
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any vine will grow "upside down". squash and pumpkins are the first that come to mind.

the only problem that i've heard about growing upside down tomatoes is that the juice runs up your forehead when you bite into one fresh from the vine...
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:45 PM   #18
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I just planted six tomato plants upside down last night. I bought the 5 gallon buckets at the 'helpful hardware place" and they happened to be on sale.

I drilled 2.5 inch holes in the bottoms and put some foam rubber in the bottoms. Cut an "X" where the hole is. Stuff the plant up thru the hole and the foam. The foam keeps the dirt from washing out.

Holding the plant by the roots, put in dirt about two-thirds of the way up. The lady who told me about this system uses small plastic bottles with one small hole punched in the side to trickle water the plants. The bottle is put in the bucket so just the top opening is above the rim of the bucket. Then fill the bucket on up with dirt.

She also bored a hole in the side of the bucket and stuck herbs in it. I did not do that.

I nailed a 2X6 board between two sheds, bored holes in the boards and used nylon rope to suspend the buckets.
Now I just need to watch and see if I got them high enough off the ground.

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Old 05-31-2008, 10:25 AM   #19
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Gee, I ordered one of these ... they must be very popular, it's been on backorder forever. I'll have it on time for Christmas at this rate, when there's a foot of snow on the ground and we don't have enough hours of daylight to grow anything besides low-light house plants!
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