Just had a “cognitive workout” in the container garden today, and thought I’d share some of my adventures and problem-solving with you. While surfing the web, I came upon a gardening practice which I had never heard…growing tomatoes upside! There are supposedly many benefits of this: 1) better air circulation which equals less diseases, 2) tomatoes aren’t on the ground as long, therefore rot less, and 3) pesky animals who also like to eat tomatoes have a harder time reaching them.Last weekend I purchased a Grape Sweet Olive Tomato plant and prepared a container to be used for my upside down tomato pot. Using a 5-gallon paint bucket, I cut out a 3″ hole in the bottom of the bucket, and did the same thing to an item I found to use as a lid.My first cognitive challenge was: How do I put the dirt in the bucket without it falling out the other end when I turn it upside down?Answer: Put a coffee filter over the hole.Next step: Fill bucket with dirt.Next cognitive challenge: My lid is not a snap-on lid and I didn’t have enough dirt to completely fill the bucket. How do I keep the dirt from falling out this end when I turn it over to plant the tomato plant?Answer: Stuff plastic bags over the dirt along with a lid about the size of the bucket and turn on its side.Next challenge: How do I plant the tomato plant?Okay, the coffee filter pulls away easily, but now the dirt is falling out both ends. How do I keep it from falling out the bottom hole once I hang the plant upside down?Solution: Cut a slit in a paper plate with a hole in the center to put around the tomato plant. But the plate is so big, I can’t fit it into the 3″ hole, even when I crumble it up to make it more pliable.Solution: Cut the plate down so that it is slightly larger than the hole that was cut.
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