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I’ve had my first positive insect experience this summer.

Anyone in Sydney can tell you, it’s been a very wet summer, which has had it’s downfall for the veggies – most of our zucchini got mildew.
I attempted to fix this by making a milk spray, but it obviously wasn’t strong enough as it didn’t work.

However instead it attracted a whole heap of mildew eating ladybeetles!

We also had a lot of other insects. The snails went nuts with our cabbages, and in an even more strange twist they were also all over the tansy! I thought tansy was supposed to ward off insects!!!

The veggie beds have been going strong, lots of zucchinis and tomatoes.

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Over the northern hemisphere summer I saw a lot of posts about growing tomatoes upside down. Now we are coming into spring I thought I’d give it a go…

Upside down tomato (via Carissa Marie)

Upside down tomato (via Carissa Marie)
Upside-down Tomato May 31st (via LeahPellegrini)

Upside-down Tomato May 31st (via LeahPellegrini)
Upside-down Tomato Planter System (via NineInchNachos)

Upside-down Tomato Planter System (via NineInchNachos)
Tosy Tury upside down tomato plant (via saintpo2007)

Tosy Tury upside down tomato plant (via saintpo2007)

My tomato seedlings are about 2cm high at the moment, and I have replanted them out of the seed germinating trays into little tubs to help them grow better. So I guess I can try this in a month or two. I have two planters I can use, since my rocket is bolting. I was also thinking of using milk / PET bottles.

SOURCES:
http://www.minifarmhomestead.com/gardening/tomato.htm
The Upsides and Downsides of Upside Down Tomatoes

AND There are HEAPS of tutorials on instructables.com:
how to plant hanging upsidedown tomatoes
Go Green Hanging upsideown planters
Matt’s Original Inverted Planter a.k.a IPlanter.
Upside-Down Hanging Earth Box!
How to build an attractive, space saving upside down planter.
Slow soaking hanging soda bottle planter