Thanks to everyone who came out to help us launch our seed library at our Central branch. We had a great time with some wonderful demonstrations, some new experiences, and the result is a beautiful apartment garden for the summer.
If you missed it, no worries! We’ve got a season full of growing opportunities, so stay tuned to find out about more events. The apartment garden will be there all summer, and currently is looking great! If you want to see how we’re doing, come by the second floor of the Central Library and see for yourself. It’s right next to our seed library.
We’ve also started a miniature greenhouse. We’re trying to see what will grow in a downtown apartment balcony that faces west, and gets a lot of wind. At our launch on Saturday, the crowd decided we should try to grow: pumpkins, lavender, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, cucumbers, and cat grass.
During our seed launch, many people also asked us how to make upside down tomato planters. As promised, here’s the story.
Upside Down Tomato Planters:
Upside down tomato planters are a great way to grow veggies with very little space. While they will dry out so you have to water them more often, they’re also a great way to grow something in an apartment. Even if you have a garden outside, growing hanging plants can help you avoid harmful pests that ruin crops. This was something I first heard about in Guelph Ontario via the New York Times in 2010 (click here for article.) Since then I’ve known many people who swear by growing vegetables upside down. Here’s how you can do it yourself:
First you need a seedling. We used a Roma Cherry Tomato variety from the seed library. You can choose your own variety for this project, but if the plants are too big they will fall off the vine.
Not sure what Tomato variety is right for you? Check out some of our handy guides like The Heirloom Tomato. From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World’s Most Beautiful Fruit by Amy Goldman.