Living in a small home requires innovation.  I have discovered this method of gardening on my covered patio. I am going to keep this post updated as my tomato plant progresses.  This is it after day one.day1_edited1.jpg



  1. Deborah said,

    May 29, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    Cool! I’ve never seen anything like this. Do you keep it growing like this for the life of the plant? I assume you water it from the top. How much weight can it hold? At least you won’t have to put up with ground pests unless squirrels like tomatoes, and what about birds?

  2. setty said,

    May 30, 2006 at 1:18 am

    Yes it grows down for the rest of its life. And, right, pest are not much of a threat. I water it from the top. As it grows I suppose the plant will come close to touching the ground, but there is a bush under it and I will somehow have to cultivate it so it lays on the bush. When it is watered it weighs over 30 lbs.

  3. Deborah said,

    May 30, 2006 at 3:47 am

    30 lbs. is pretty heavy. It can only get heavier as the plant grows so aren’t you worried about it putting stress on whatever it is hanging from? I think it is pretty cool. Where did you get it?

  4. setty said,

    May 30, 2006 at 7:20 pm

    I think my support system can handle the load as it grows. If I notice any evidence of stress on the patio roof structure I will make changes.
    I saw it advertized in a catalog that was mailed to me. I ordered it and had to wait nearly a month before it came. I have literature on care of the plant as it grows, but have lost the name of the company I bought it from. Go to where you can probably find the company name.

  5. setty said,

    May 30, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    change that to

  6. RubeRad said,

    May 30, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    What’s the point? What do you gain by upside-down-ness vs. a hanging pot (other than a picture for your blog)?


    Not a gardener

  7. setty said,

    May 30, 2006 at 9:16 pm

    Go to the link I sent Deb and read for yourself. The only one drawback is you have to eat the tomatoes standing on your head.

  8. Bruce S. said,

    May 30, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    Don’t try this with a blocked carotid artery.

  9. Barbara said,

    May 31, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    We saw the whole engineering process on Monday — quite fascinating. The best part was gerryrigging it so that it can be outside the overhand so as to get maximum sun (on the minimum sun side of the house). Dad is working on a comparison test, only the variables are so many, I don’t know how he will be able to tell what causes what, but anyhow, he has another identical plant on the sunny but sandy-soil side of his condo, planted the “ordinary” way. August will tell. But who said Settergrens were ordinary anyhow :):)

  10. RubeRad said,

    May 31, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    Interesting. But I’m still not a gardener.

  11. Barbara said,

    May 31, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Just so long as the world has some gardeners (so the rest of us can eat :)). Besides he’s frustrating his nosey neighbor and that’s fun too.

  12. 5najeras said,

    June 2, 2006 at 5:51 am

    I hope you really like tomatoes grandpa. That’s a lot of work to put into them if you don’t love them. šŸ™‚ Love ya!

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