Creative garden, or bed upside down
Such a fashionable word as “creativity” today has spread far beyond the borders of needlework and decoration, and has covered even a wave of gardeners and gardeners. What amateur plant breeders do not come up with to not only ease their work, create comfort, but also to decorate their garden plots. And one of such extraordinary approaches to the cultivation of cultivated plants was the “upside down” method.
It is difficult for me, as an agronomist, to justify him, but he exists and, I think, has a right to exist. Therefore, if you do not understand it, do not judge strictly and just skip this article. And if it is interesting to apply it to you personally or not - judge for yourself.
What are you talking about?
It is no secret that our vegetable "pets" are very tenacious and ready to not only grow, but also bear fruit, even in an inverted state. So, if tomatoes, and even better melons, are planted in the bottom of the pot and hang upside down, they will not only not die, but also give a better crop. And all thanks to the experimenters say that their vegetative mass, thus, opens up greater access to sunlight and air than in narrow beds.
In addition, plants turned upside down do not experience internal stress, do not break under their own weight during crop formation and take up significantly less space than those planted in the garden. The latter fact allows us to recommend them for growing on the balcony or placing on the terrace, which is not only convenient, but also decorative.
Decorative varieties of pumpkins, zucchini zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes proved especially good in this method of growing. An experiment with more fragile peppers failed. Eggplants and certain types of beans have proved to be quite good upside down.
How it's done?
For planting plants upside down, containers of rather large sizes are acceptable - plastic buckets, containers made from building materials, or even plastic six-liter bottles. At the bottom of the selected version of the mounted "pot" a hole is cut through a small diameter, which is covered by several layers of paper. A specially prepared soil substrate or a pre-purchased soil mixture mixed with a sufficiently large proportion of peat (to preserve moisture) is laid on top. Everything is tightly closed with a lid and flips over. Then, in a cut hole, seedlings are planted.
A young plant is allowed to grow in a normal state, "upside down", to a height of about 20 cm, and only after that the container is turned over and hung out in a sunny place. Watering and feeding a pet that grows upside down is carried out through pre-prepared holes in the lid.
Disadvantages of the method
This method of growing crops is quite interesting and undeniably original. However, she has not only advantages, but also her significant shortcomings. One of them is that plants in this position will try to rise towards the sun, but if you plant ampel varieties, climbing plants or having a thin trunk upside down, this problem will be invisible.
In addition, the plants, forming a crop, become heavier and here you need to try to additionally fix them so that they do not fall out of the pot under their own weight. And yet, the obvious minus of the method is extremely careful watering. It must be carried out in such a way that excess moisture does not flow down the stem of the cultivated crop, but also so that the plant does not experience a lack of moisture.
That's all! If you liked the idea, you can easily repeat it, thereby surprising not only relatives, neighbors, passers-by, but also friends. And who knows, maybe the technique will suit you so much that you will begin to apply it annually!