Patio and Hanging gardens

Patio and Hanging Gardens are a great way for a Family to have fun in the garden together.

Patio and Hanging Gardens are pretty for decoration around your house too. For centuries families have grown their own food, and gardeners have always looked for ways to realize a bigger and better harvest.  Gardening makes people happy.  Maybe you have no yard and way to do a garden.  Maybe you have no time to care for or desire to weed a garden.  We have a solution to all of the pests, weeds, and space problems of gardening.

We are going to introduce you to a new concept to American gardening, but not to worldly gardening. This system is based on The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, also known as Hanging Gardens of Semiramis. They are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and supposedly built by Nebuchadnezzar II in or near 600 BC. to make his wife, Amyitis of Media, happy.



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Now why do we tell you about this? Because it did make someone happy-a very important someone. And once she was happy, every one else reaped the rewards too. Of course hers went throughout an entire kingdom, while yours may only be the Patio and Hanging Gardens in your own balcony or yard. Patio and Hanging Gardens please people; and you can easily make your family happier too. You will also have lush greenery and flowers, and grow your own healthy food (even if it's one plant at a time), and it's all in one project.

Lets have some family fun! We will show you how to make your Patio and Hanging garden, starting with an Upside Down Tomato Garden. At this point you are probably wondering about the "upside down" part. It is an unusual way to grow tomatoes, but I am here to tell you how to do it, and why you should.

Since you are hanging these plants, first understand that your plants will receive better circulation both to the soil and plant.

This will solve lots of problems, as well as increase your harvest. The top problems with tomato gardening is disease, hungry critters, and fruit rotting on the ground when a heavy branch topples over. This will solve all the above.

I had heard about it, researched it a great deal, and tried a few different methods. I have one hanging system in my sunroom. This ingenious planter took all the reaching and bending out of growing tomatoes by elevating the planting bed and allowing my vines to grow downward from holes in the bottom. It also looks great in my sunroom. I plant other things in it in the winter. It's called the Upside Down Tomato Plant, and some call it the topsy turvy. However, commercial types never last as long, and always cost more.

I had eight of these Patio and Hanging Gardens last year, and will be buying more this year.  We are trying more vege's in them. When I first heard about this innovation, it seemed too good to be true. Can there be a smarter, better, easier way to grow tomatoes when you have no space at all?

By growing the plant upside down, watering was a cinch (just pour it in the funnel on top), weeding was not an issue, staking and tying weren't necessary, and I could do all the work at eye level!  The plants grow up, towards the sun, adjusting to the weight of their fruit.

Tomatos Innovative English gardeners have had patio and hanging gardens with home grown tomatoes in plastic bags for years, but this is finally a better mouse trap that's great for the beginner.

Senior Gardeners benefit from it too, as it takes all the bending out of gardening. This model can also be used for flowers or other vegetables.  They are great for your porch, fire escape, balcony, or even inside a sunny window. Its a great space-safer!  What's better than growing your own fresh Tomatoes?

What about a single tree that grows up to 50 pounds of delicious tomatoes per season? Here is our favorite and it really does produce! It's a great "hybrid" lesson for homeschooler"s too. After all, you do the math. Grow up to 50lbs of Tomatoes-for only $6.98 or Less! Grow Red, Meaty and Large Italian Tomato Trees in your own yard. The free version of the Patio and Hanging Garden is not as pretty, so they are out in the garden trellis area.  This is the one we will teach you to make if you need a more affordable system.

To make the upside-down containers, I take a 5-gallon bucket with a tight-fitting lid.  You can buy these cheaply at any hardware or paint store.  You can also recycle them from Restaurants who use in large supply buckets.  Make sure your bucket has a secure handle for hanging with a large amount of weight of the moist soil and plant.

Clean your bucket well with soapy water and rinse it thoroughly.  Cut an approximate 2 inch in diameter hole in the center of the lid and one in the bottom of the bucket. To make the holes, you can use a drill with a hole saw bit like the attachment for cutting a door to install the doorknob.

With the bucket standing upright and the lid off, you should cover the holes with a coffee filter, some cheesecloth, or even sphagnum moss will work if packed tight enough.  Just make sure the soil won't fall out of either hole when you turn the bucket over.  Then fill the bucket almost full with a lightweight potting mix.  Tap it down to remove any air pockets.  Cover the bucket with the lid.

Turn the bucket over and gently make a hole to insert your tomato plant.  Pack in more cloth if you feel it will be needed, although that is not usually the case.  Water your plant and let it establish itself and its roots for about 2 weeks or more. 

Find a great sunny place to hang your tomato plant.  Remember, dried tomato plants produce rippled and hard fruit, so make sure you water them every day.

Cabbage

COLE CROPS - Cole crops enjoy cool seasons and are somewhat cold tolerant. They work great in both Patio and Hanging Gardens. Cabbage for instance can withstand frost down to 20 degrees or even 15 degrees F. Cauliflower and chard are more sensitive to cold than broccoli, collards, kale, kohlrabi, or mustard. The conditioning of the plants as influenced by weather conditions prior to exposure to cold temperatures determine plant survival. Maturity of the plant also has much to do with the amount of cold which cole crops can survive. When broccoli plants have produced buds, even a light frost may cause considerable damage since clusters freeze, turn brown and ultimately rot.

The cole crops grow best at a monthly mean temperature of 60 to 70 degrees F. This occurs when temperatures are 80 degrees F. or less during the day and 60 degrees F. or less during the night. In order to produce the best quality of the slower maturing cole crops, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli should be planted in gardens in August or early September. These crops can be directly seeded or transplanted into the garden area. Faster maturing cole crops such as collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, and turnips can be directly seeded into the garden as late as September. Of course, when you plant depends on where you live.

When you plant cole crops in the Patio and Hanging Gardens, you are investing in a healthful life. Gardeners are in the business of producing health foods even though they may not know it. Vegetables contain essential elements for health and the enjoyment of eating fresh garden vegetables makes health fun.

Exactly how necessary are vegetables to the healthy body? Some animals can synthesize vitamin C, but man, apes, birds, and a few other animal species lack this ability. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, making a daily supply essential to good health.

Please check your own area for exact time frames.  You can also learn more here about Cole Crops and Patio, Hanging, and Winter Gardens here. 

Copyright © 2007 Jill Manzoni All rights reserved.

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