How to Grow Vegetables Upside Down
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How to Grow Vegetables Upside Down. Turn your plants on their heads to thwart
pests and eliminate the need for stakes, cages — even a garden. You will need Large plastic container Drill,
hacksaw, or knife Strong hanging material Steel hook Seedling Starter soil Small herb
or flowering plant Water Repurposed container (optional) Compost (optional) Newspaper strips
(optional) and covering (optional). Step 1. Find a large plastic container for your upside
down plant. Ready-made planters are sold at gardening
stores, but you can make your own out of almost any kind of large plastic cylinder. Reduce, reuse, and recycle by using a 2-liter
soda bottle, milk jug, plastic bucket, hanging plant basket, or even a heavy duty trash bag
for your planter. Step 2. Use a drill, hacksaw, or sharp knife to cut
a half-inch hole in the bottom of your container. A soda bottle or milk jug already has a hole,
but you need to saw off the bottom of it to create an opening at the other end. Step 3. Cut small holes just under the lip of the
large open end where you can attach your hanging line. If your container is a bucket, it already
comes with a convenient hanging handle. Step 4. Thread hanging line made of a strong material
such as twine, bendable steel, or leather through the container. Step 5. Find a beam or line in a sunny location where
you can grow your plant and attach a sturdy metal hook on the underside of it. Now you’ve done the setup and are ready to
plant. Step 6. Lower your plant into the bottle upside down
and gently pull the green stem and leaves through the hole. Choose a plant variety that yields small vegetables
at intervals, since larger varieties and plants that ripen all at once can put too much strain
on the stem. Tomato, cucumber, and pepper plants are popular
choices. Step 7. Spread out the roots in the upper part of
the container so they have room to grow. Add soil to the container until it covers
the root system. Mix some compost into the soil to help the
plant grow. You can also place strips of newspaper around
the root ball to keep it upright and prevent soil from washing out through the hole. Step 8. Plant a small herb or flowering plant on top
of the soil above the vegetable roots. Doing so not only helps retain moisture in
the soil, but also maximizes space and adds a pleasing visual effect. If you don’t add a topper plant, cover the
container with cheesecloth, mulch, or another breathable lid to prevent rapid evaporation. Step 9. Hang your upside down plant from its hook
and water it daily through the top opening until it literally bears the fruit of your
efforts. Did you know Asparagus is the United States’
most popular garden perennial.

35 thoughts on “How to Grow Vegetables Upside Down

  1. Not so much the roots tangling as the bottle getting to crowded and the plants dying from lack of O2 to the roots

  2. This method really does not work well at all. The plant grows toward the light no matter how you plant it and when the plant forms the veggies they break the stems. Remember those $19.99 topsyturvie things on TV? They are $1.50 now at walmart because of this problem

  3. Wow… That is so neat… A great way to recycle and grow plants…Thanks … I will have to give that a shot: )… I just started growing plants, first year . My favorite is vertically… Check out my channel sometime?
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  4. Wow… Very cool.. A great way to recycle and grow plants at the same time.. I will have to try that sometime… Thanks: ).. I started a garden, first year… My favorite is vertically. Want to check out my channel sometime?
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  6. Don't put another plant on top. Double the plant means double the watering. Also if the plants grow larger there is only half the space for roots.

  7. Did you know that you can remove labels from containers so they don't look so ugly?

    Did you know you can also paint them to blend in with the environment?
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    The food safety bill passed a few years ago makes it a crime to grow a garden and soon DHS will enforce it. They don't want you growing non-GMO food which they are using to kill us. In the latest farm bill is the Monsanto Protection Act, exempting GMO producers from all liability.

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  9. Extending your ideas on how to grow vegetables upside down is quite resourceful. The information being provided is also an eco-friendly way of customizing your space upon growing this kind of system. I'm sure this will help! Good job!

  10.  
    Wow Growing things upside down . Hanging baskets are notorious for drying out, Its like hanging cloths out  on a washing line in the sun and the wind to dry. You will be forever watering your overhead garden. Unless there's a good reason why you didn't just stand the planters on the ground, standing on the ground is much better.  I have been using  small pots, just standing them on my patio  and got some great results. Want to check them out? Just visit my channel and see some patio leeks, carrots, beans and potatoes being planted, grown and harvested. 

  11. I thought the bottles that are safe for food are 1,2 and 5 those are the recycling numbers safe to use for edible plants?

  12. hello ..thank u for great video…can ALL PLANTS be grown upside down??? obviously the larger the plant, the larger the container has to be…i'm thinking of cucumber and squash/butter nut specifically….

  13. I agree with Alec Rosenthal. in the beginning it would be fun to have a plant just to make it look prettier. but plan to move it. they will both be competing for nutrients otherwise.

  14. I know they made the comment about asparagus at the end, but they did not say if it will work in this. Does anybody know?

  15. DO NOT USE A BLEACH BOTTLE! It is not best and can make plant have problems later, as bleach can still leach out of plastic.
    Instead use a plastic bottle that was first used for food or drinks, to be safe

  16. I know this is really late but this is awesome! I love on a second floor apartment and have been trying to grow more of my own food. This will definitely allow me to maximize space as I already have hanging plants.

  17. Garden veggies do not grow as well upside down, as many people who tried to use "Topsy Turvey" planters– AS SEEN ON TV–discovered. Wind and the weight of the branches will eventually damage or break them, and if the plant reaches the ground, it will crawl along it, making it more vulnerable to predation. Hanging baskets, buckets, and bottles up in the air makes them dry out more quickly.

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