Digging with Doug Upside down tomatoes

Digging with Doug Upside down tomatoes

This week, Doug shows us how to plant tomatoes upside down. It’s a fun project that’s inexpensive and easy to do. This is the 13th installment of Digging wit…
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Question by jerryd: what is the best way to grow tomatoes?
growing tomatoes

Best answer:

Answer by Victor
Hydroponic and greenhouse cultivation

Tomatoes are often grown in greenhouses in cooler climates, and indeed there are varieties such as the British “Moneymaker” and a number of cultivars grown in Siberia that are specifically bred for indoor growing. In more temperate climates it is not uncommon to start seeds for future transplant in greenhouses during the late winter as well.

Hydroponic tomatoes are also available, and the technique is often used in hostile growing environments as well as high-density plantings.

Picking and ripening
Tomato slices
Tomato slices

Tomatoes are often picked unripe, and ripened in storage with ethylene. Ethylene is the plant hormone produced by many fruits and acts as the cue to begin the ripening process. These tend to keep longer, but have poorer flavor and a mealier, starchier texture than tomatoes ripened on the plant. They may be recognized by their color, which is more pink or orange than the ripe tomato’s deep red.

Recently, stores have begun selling “tomatoes on the vine” which are ripened still connected to a piece of vine. These tend to have more flavor (at a price premium) than artificially-ripened tomatoes, but still may not be the equal of local garden produce.

Also relatively recently, slow-ripening cultivars of tomato have been developed by crossing a non-ripening variety with ordinary tomato cultivars. Cultivars were selected whose fruits have a long shelf life and at least reasonable flavor.

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  1. a rotary cutter would work great to cut your hole

  2. @baldrick07526 also, you can balance it with a cup =]

  3. i love the wilting flowers watering indicator!

  4. try a scoop for filling

  5. someone buy that man a ladder

  6. Gostei.

  7. I used a saw drill & my drill to make holes I used two holes one on each
    side of bucket So I grew two plants that really took off bushy

  8. Great video! Question like in the Topsy, would it be beneficial to have
    three holes on the sides with plants? And I was wondering how high to hang
    the bucket, but after reading below I realized that tomatoes can grow 5+
    feet so I’m hanging them about the height on your video. I’m trying to go
    more vertical this year, can I grow other things in them as well?

  9. super no tengo palabra gracias

  10. The bird call at the start scared me to death…lol…. and yes use a hole
    drill bit, but good info, quick and easy.

  11. Loved it! Made me laugh–especially when trying to put the potting mix in
    the bucket! However, his intentions were good and I think he did a good job
    of providing the necessary information.

  12. I also drilled draining holes in bottom with rocks in the bottom of bucket
    before I planted or I added soil

  13. Great guy, bet he’s had a few hospital visits though! A good tip would be
    to assemble the plant on a table then hang it up lol!!! Liability springs
    to mind…………..

  14. looks fun. a) don’t hang the tomato bucket so high. b) fill another bucket
    with soil and then use that bucket to fill your tomato bucket.

  15. Ooo I hope he does’nt make another video.

  16. First let me say: Doug, thank you for the great video and by the way – you
    are a real trooper! I could have easily gotten very frustrated. Two
    observations: 1) for sure be careful to never cut anything with a sharp
    knife towards any part of your body – 2) it’s much easier not to have to
    lift the heavy bag of soil over your head. I use a hole saw (1″+) to make
    easy work of the bucket and load the plant and soil into the bucket before
    raising it to its final position.

  17. Great video.

  18. Why not cut the hole in the bottom with a drill and the piece you use for
    knob holes in a door?

  19. You arent making it look easy at all. especially when you lift a heavy sack
    of dirt over your head. Thats not very smart. You could hurt your back and
    you are wasting your soil.

  20. hey doug,there is an easier way of filling your container with the tomato
    plant in it. without damaging it…get 2 piles of bricks about 5 in each
    stacked on top of one another then place the container on top with the
    plant hanging underneath,the bricks should be placed either side of the
    container,this will suspend the container off the ground and the young
    plant will not get damaged and you won’t get covered in dirt :)

  21. Dude! Drill the holes with a hole cutter and drill, Screw a 2X2 stake a
    little lower on your pole to hang the buckets to start filling these, then
    move to their new home. I would use heavy electrical gray pipe with cross
    ends on each end and hang the pots across it.

  22. The hole is much easier and safer to cut with an appropriately sized hole
    saw in a drill.

  23. Fail the tomato rots must be atleast 1/3 up into the bucket! have you heard
    of gravety 😀

  24. OMG how dangerous, cutting the bottom of that bucket on your legs that way!

  25. You might wanna try putting a hanger lower on the post to fill the pot
    before putting it up on the higher hanger.

  26. you need a spot with at least 8 hours full sun. tomatoes are big eaters and drinkers,, so penty of 5-10-5 fetilizer or compost, of manure. keep wet, for if the plant dries out it will stunt the growth. fetilize when you have many flowers, and again when you have many small tomatoes.. cherry tomatoes are actually easier, less space and more prolific. try a few different varieties. burpee plants are quite good and a greenhouse can recommend varieties that grow well in your area. have fun

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