Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Experiment #2

And hopefully this one will turn out better than the excruciatingly painful straw bales....

Last week our local evil-that-is-walmart had these upside gardens in the clearance section, marked down from $40 to $15. For $40 I wouldn't try one, but for $15 - hell, I'll try two.

I have plans to grow cherry tomatoes, sage and basil over the fall and winter, in my office, right over there next to the HP All-in-One. The first idea was potted plants set on a gravel base inside one of our 20 gallon aquariums.

Then I saw these.

How perfect!

Easy assembly. Or at least not too bad. Here's the base and the top piece.

And the various leg pieces and connectors. (They're sitting on top of two rolling plant caddies I'm adding to the idea, so I can move them when necessary.)

The legs -if you end up doing this, use a rubber mallet or a block of wood to connect the pieces tightly.


All I need to do is add 30 lbs of sand to each base once they are in place in the office, add potting soil to the top, then in a month or so, plant two tomato seedlings in each one (hanging down of course) and seed the top of one with basil, and the other with sage.

I'll be back in September with the update.


  1. I got one of those from my work when a customer brought it back defective. I guess I will have to get it out of the box and see what's wrong with it and plant along with you...we could have a cherry tomato race!

  2. Great idea to look for topsy-turvies on clearance and plan for winter!

  3. We tried the topsy-turvy tomato plants when my grandad gave me one of those. It worked, but it required a LOT more water and more nutrients. Make sure the plants are in the BEST location possible.
    Good luck, I'm sure it'll work out great for you!! :)

  4. good luck with your upside-down gardening! i can barely manage right-side-up growing these days, so...more power to ya, sister :-)

    meanwhile, i left you a little blogging award over on my blog...



  5. That's cool! Looking forward to the updates!