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Upside-Down Tomatoes Sample Project from Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail


As a microspace gardener I’m always looking for ways to fit in one more plant, either that tomato I couldn’t bear to part with or the ‘Cinnamon’ basil I just had to have. Growing a tomato or hot pepper plant upside down saves space, makes care and maintenance easier, and, some say, even increases the yield – no staking required! I always manage to find room on top for a basil plant too. Crisis averted.


Choosing a Container


Stick to deep buckets with a strong metal handle; plastic handles can’t bear the weight. An old bucket with a mop-wringing contraption does double duty by maintaining the bucket’s shape and adding an extra tier for planting.


Choosing a Tomato Plant GROW GREAT GRUB


Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla Trail


Your patio, balcony, rooftop, front stoop, windowsill, or planter box is a potential fresh food garden waiting to happen. In this book, Gayla Trail, the founder of the leading online gardening community You Grow Girl, shows you how to grow your own delicious, afford- able, organic edibles virtually anywhere.


Details on growing hundreds of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and edible flowers. Canning, storing and preserving instruction to make the most of your garden’s generosity Green-friendly, cost-saving growing and building projects that are smart and stylish And much more!


Whether you’re looking to eat on a budget or simply to experience the pleasure of picking tonight’s meal from right outside your door, this is the must-have book for small-space gardeners – no backyard required.Published by Clarkson Potter/ Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. growgreatgrub.com


10 Organic Shopper Spring 2010


The size of your bucket will determine the type of tomato plant you can grow; however, plants that are small to medium-sized at maturity with cherry-sized fruit are your best bet. Try: ‘Peacevine Cherry’, ‘Gold Rush Currant’, or a wild variety such as ‘Cheeseman’s’ or ‘Matt’s Wild Cherry’.


You Will Need


• A bucket with a metal handle • A drill and a 2” drill bit • Scissors • Coir lining • Tomato seedling • Potting soil • Two or three basil plants


Reprinted from Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail. Copyright © 2010 Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc.


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