Hanging Garden Day 2286

I originally posted about my Hanging Garden way back on May 9, 2013. That is two thousand two hundred and eighty-six days ago. This is a picture of the jalapeño plant I planted in those Topsy Turvy planters about 6 years and 3 months ago; this picture was taken on Saturday August 10, 2019, or 2284 days later.

This little jalapeño is tough. I cannot honestly say that I have taken good care of it. It has dried out on many occasions and I have thought it was dead quite a few times. I always give it some water and watch as it comes back to life. It is the only plant that is still alive from the original hanging garden.

I did not experience any real success with the Topsy Turvy planters, this guy notwithstanding. The tomatoes I planted were poor producers; not enough room for them to grow and fruit. This particular jalapeño had me thinking for a year or two that the Topsy Turvy planters might be better suited to peppers. They were not. This plant is my greatest success with the upside down planter experiment.

The hanging garden itself has gone through a lot of changes. The jalapeño is the only plant still hanging. The rest of the things hanging from the frame are decorative. It was an interesting idea that was not well suited to my style of gardening; again, this particular plant notwithstanding.

Topsy Turvy Hanging Garden

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:

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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.