With limited space and limited outside sun, I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to grow my own tomatoes in this apartment. Then I remembered the upside down planters I’d seen, and thought: “Viola! This is a way I can maximize my space and sun!” Alas, it was not to be. None of the nurseries around me carried the planters, and online they were just too expensive (starting at $70 and going rapidly up from there).
So, UC and I made our own.
Easy enough. Cut a small hole in the bottom of the coconut pad lining the pot, and thread the tomato plant through. Fill with dirt, plant stuff on top, and hang. Total cost of planters (not including plants): $15.00 each. I opted for organic plants, dirt, and food; but, you can do it with whatever you like. Water frequently.
The tomatoes are growing rapidly; and, while they’re not in full sun, they do get plenty to give me a nice crop. We have two of these planters, each with a tomato plant and a different selection on top. This basket has basil and parsley, the other has nasturtiums and tarragon.
(cross-posted to CHHLPL)