• http://www.ecolandscapegroup.com/ Wells Rawls

    I haven’t done any upside down gardening but I would suggest putting a swivel on the wire if it’s located on a porch. It might make it easier to turn. You’ll need to keep rotating it so the fruit grows on both sides. Your right about the weight. It could get heavy.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      Oooh what a great idea, Wells!

  • http://www.solwayrecycling.co.uk Solway Recycling

    Nice and simple concept. What’s the lifespan on the planter anyone know if they last a second season?

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    Thank you is post.

  • Pierpaolo Tagliola

    Anyone of you know something about agronomy?
    Did you harvest something?
    The tomato roots’ like the other plants roots’ and you feels the gravity. Would you growing well upside down? I don’t think so.
    I like this site, your green and pallets ideas but please don’t play with the plants and don’t promote the “impossible green”.

    • science nerd

       People have been doing this for a LONG time. The plants like it, as the fruit has been cultivated to be impossibly large on them. It eases the strain on main stalk.

      Also, roots don’t go by gravity. They grow where soil and nutrients are present. The way an upside down planter works, gravity brings the very thing the plants seek straight to their roots. There’s nothing terrible about giving a plant exactly what it seeks. Far better than genetic engineering to make something grow without those nutrients.

      Not only is it a green project and good, but it makes sense in a physics and biological manner.

      You know what happens when you plant a tomato plant the old fashioned way, then water it well? The nutrients are carried down, away from the plant. So the roots keep going deeper. The plant dedicates all of it’s energy to seeking out nutrients instead of producing fruit. A well fed, cared for plant produces a great deal of fruit.

      This is NOT new. People with limited space have been doing it for ages.

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    Good Job, i love DIY.

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    Thanks for sharing.

  • gen81465

    A good place to find plastic containers with covers is at the bakery section of your local grocery store.  They have buckets in various sizes from 1 lb to 5 lb size. I use the ones that had frosting or donut jelly in them; they are 3 lbs and are perfect, as they are food grade containers.  Just rinse them out and have at it.

  • Bravo331

    I did this with the orange home Depot buckets; the handles broke out of the buckets. Too much weight. Ended up with bucket half full of dirt was ok

  • The Thinker

    does the bucket need to be so big?
    How about a 1gal? or 2gal?

    I may try this with Strawberries, as they are my Wife’s favourite