So it’s been about two months since I started the hanging garden. I have got some beautiful tomatoes and jalapeños. I am a little disappointed because the tomatoes are not doing anywhere near as well as those that I have planted in the ground, where I am overloaded with fruit.
So we are a day shy of 5 weeks. The garden is doing well. The tomato and the lemon cucumber plants that were my original hanging plants are both fruiting. I don’t know if that is according to schedule or better, it is just nice to know that my plants are fruiting. The others that I planted are starting to flower, so the fruit won’t be far behind.
As a matter of fact, my jalapeño plant is fruiting very well right now. I will let you know how hot the chilies are when I make my first batch of salsa.
It is interesting to me to note that the plants are all still growing up. I wonder if the weight of the fruit will weigh down the plants? In another couple of weeks we should know.
Two weeks into my little project, the plants seem to be doing well. They have all grown quite a bit. I planted each of them with planting mix, a few scoops of manure, and a little osmocote. I am kind of surprised at how well the Jalapeño chili, the one in the middle, is doing. Happily surprised. Makes me wonder what else might do well.
I am a gardener. I like these Topsy Turvy hanging planters. I have had a couple of them in my backyard. I had them in different parts of the yard, so watering was a bit of a hassle. I kept thinking that there has to be an easier way.
So I got the idea to build this:
My daughter and I built this with some scrap 4x4s we had laying around the yard. We bought a few more of the Topsy Turvy planters at Big Lots ($1.50 each). Then we went to Home Depot to buy plants, brackets, planting mix, and the concrete bases.
Took my daughter and me about half an hour to build. It is a very simple design. I had to add a crossbar that attaches the frame to the fence behind it for added stability.
It was fun to do. I will write about the results in the future. I will also comment on the success or failure of this little project. I think it is neat, hopefully somebody else will agree.