(I could write these titles all freaking day.)
So, following the cool experiment outlined by Cindy Haas of urbangardencasual, I have built my upside down tomato planter. I used a cat litter bucket. And that amuses me. Especially because I left the label on the bucket and I’m expecting conversations like this one:
Person Visiting Me: Are those tomatoes upside down?
Me: Depends upon your perspective.
Person Visiting Me: In a cat litter bucket?
Me: Yes. A cat litter bucket. Would you like some salad?
Can’t wait for that.
In building the thing I did some good stuff and I did some stuff I would do differently. First, I just used 6-foot tomato stakes for the end braces. Two of them angled together and tied up with twine. The cross piece is also a tomato steak, just a little shorter. I got those all tied up together to form the thing that would hold the bucket. Two mistakes here…
1. It’s not high enough. Once hung, the bucket hangs leaving only about 4 feet or so. The tomato is eventually going to reach earth and be very, very confused.
2. I attached the cross bar to the side braces. Before I hung the bucket on it. That’s right. Before. This was fundamentally stupid. I then had to do some clever engineering with the bucket handle to get it on the cross piece. Don’t be dumb like me. Put the bucket on first before securing the cross piece.
I put a Bradley tomato in it. At the same time I planted a Bradley in a container on my deck. The one that is hanging survived the transplanting much better. It’s a bit wilty here from various shocks, but it should perk up. We’ll see how they both do in the long run.
Give it a shot! And make sure you stop by Cindy’s post to tell her what you are up to.