I want a garden.
But there are two problems.
1. I hate dirt.
2. I hate being outdoors.
Not necessarily a good combination if you want to be a master gardener.
Intrigued with the As Seen On TV commercials for the Topsy Turvy, we decided to try our hand at upside down gardening. It eliminates a lot of the "digging in the dirt" aspect of gardening and minimizes the "being outside" aspect since we can virtually put them right on our deck. I barely have to get my hands dirty or leave the house. Awesome.
We did a little research and decided to make our own version of the Topsy Turvy.
You will need:
Plants - We purchased fairly large tomato and pepper plants since
I am the kiss of death to anything green it seemed like they had a good start on life. (If I were to do it again, I might get slightly smaller plants since the larger plants were harder to feed through the hole in the container.)
Hanging Containers - We purchased containers that were ready to hang, but you can use anything from a 5 gallon bucket to a fancy pants planter from your garden store.
Coffee Filter or Newspaper - To keep the dirt from falling through the hole in the container.
Step 1 - Drill a hole in the bottom of the container for the plant to grow through. (We drilled a hole 2 1/8" in diameter)
Step 2 - Insert plant upside down through hole (this is where a smaller, more flexible plant would be easier)
Step 3 - Put coffee filters/newspaper around the base of the plant and over the hole so that the dirt doesn't fall through
Step 4 - Break up the roots of the plant a little so that they can grow into the shape of the container
Step 5 - Fill with potting soil. I planted herbs in the top of my containers but you could also plant flowers for a colorful touch.
Step 6 - Hope that the birds, dogs, and bugs don't get to them before you do.
I hardly even had to get myself dirty.