Growing vegetables upside-down may just be a fad, but I think it’s a fad that’s here to stay. It’s much easier to grow an organic vegetable garden upside down, because insects don’t have as much access to the plants.
The popular product Topsy Turvy made this method of growing vegetables popular. Television commercials repeatedly advertise the Topsy Turvy and I know those commercials have peaked the interest of many gardeners.
Why would you want to grow tomatoes or other vegetables upside-down? Well, as I mentioned above, many insects cannot access these upside down plants that are hanging from posts or a trellis. Besides that, it can save space in your garden for other plants that can’t be grown upside-down or it’s a means to grow certain types of vegetables for people that live in apartments and townhouses. Also, you won’t have problems with weeds and this method will deliver nutrients and water more efficiently.
The best vegetables to grow upside-down in your organic vegetable garden are:
*Tomatoes – Particularly interdependent tomatoes.
*Cucumbers – Slicing or pickling, although pickling are the easiest.
*Eggplant – Opt for small fruit varieties.
*Beans – Pole and bush beans.
*Peppers – Any variety.
Do these vegetables grow better and yield more if they are grown upside-down? Well, I’ve visited many forums where many gardeners claim they do have better luck with these vegetables grown upside-down, but particularly amongst organic gardeners. Organic gardeners have greater control over the potting soil used in the pots and they don’t have to worry as much about garden pests.
If you would like to try upside-down gardening, you can certainly buy a Topsy Turvy from places like Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Lowes. Or, you can make your own planting system. These systems can be made out of buckets, plastic bottles, heavy-duty plastic trash bags, kitty liter containers, laundry hampers, and even old tires.
Now, watch this video to learn how you too can create an upside-down organic vegetable garden:
Simple, wasn’t it? Many claim that building these systems from a 5-gallon bucket are better than a Topsy Turvy because the latter is too small and the soil dries out so quickly.
After hanging your system, you’ll need to water it every 1-2 days depending on the heat. To help retain moisture, you can put a lid on the top of the bucket, or put peat moss on top, or plant Marigolds and herbs such as Basil (I prefer this one).
That’s it. Try creating an upside-down organic vegetable garden and you’ll have a lot of fun.