While much of our steep lot is shady, we have plenty of sunshine on our driveway. My husband, however, is steadfast in his refusal to rip up the concrete to put in a garden. Not to be dissuaded, I came up with an alternative plan to utilize the space: upside down tomatoes. You’ve seen those Topsy Turvy contraptions, right? I decided to create one of my own with a bucket I had on hand to see how well it works. It took about two hours, including paint drying time. If you’re not painting, you’re looking at 20 minutes or so. Click through for my step-by-step photos if you’d like to give it a try, too.
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If you’ve not yet planted your tomato plants out into the garden, let me share a little tip with you. With most other plants, you want to set the plant in the earth so that the soil level of the potted plant is at the same level as your garden soil. Tomato plants, however, like to be planted deeper than that. Go ahead and dig a hole deep enough to allow the main stem to be buried up to the first set of leaves. My tomatoes have all been planted out, but through the miracle of technology and with the aid of my son, I have a little graphic example for you. See that brown line? (Click through for a larger image.) That’s where the soil level should be when you plant the tomato. The tomato will send out little roots from that stem, making the plant much more stable in the ground and giving it more opportunities to pull up nutrients. If you have a really leggy tomato plant, you can even lay the plant in a horizontal hole, covering most of the stem but allowing the top of the plant to emerge above the level of the...
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