Apr. 20: Midday Fix - Make Your Own Upside-Down Tomato Planter

There are many ways you can add green space to small, urban areas; an upside-down tomato planter is just one example of an efficient and functional way to grow a variety of edible herbs and veggies.

Basics of Making:
There are different types of upside-down planters you can buy, but it's just as easy – and more functional – to make one yourself, since you can plant herbs on the top of this version, making it a dual-use planter.

Hanging the Planter:
All of the plants shown need direct sun, so you should hang the planter in the brightest place possible. Knowing when to water can be a bit tricky. Start by watering every two to three days but as the plants and their roots get larger under the soil you may need to water more often. The herbs and lettuces can be clipped and used anytime and the tomatoes should start to flower and produce fruit from late summer to fall.

GARDENING CLASSES AT THE NATURE MUSEUM
There are a lot of classes related to gardening at the Nature Museum. One coming up shortly is called Right Plant, Right Place and it's on Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Unearth the secret to selecting plants that will work with your soil, your light conditions, and your garden. Learn how to read plant information, do simple soil tests, and determine the conditions and microclimates in your yard. Walk away with a list of practical steps and informational resources for establishing and maintaining a sustainable, beautiful garden. Cost: $10/member or $12/ non-member.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago
www.naturemuseum.org

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