Hanging Vegetable Gardens: What Vegetables Can Be Grown Upside Down

By Heather Rhoades
Published: March 1, 2016 | Last updated: December 14, 2021
Key Takeaways

Growing vegetables upside down can be a good solution for those who want to start a garden in a small area, but not all crops are ideal for this method of growing. Here are some top picks.

Caption: Tomato plants growing upside down Source: Forramas/Shutterstock

Home-grown vegetables are a wonderful addition to any table, but adding them to your diet when you live in a place with limited space can be difficult. Not to worry, it can be done. One option is to add a hanging vegetable garden where vegetables are grown upside down. Let’s look at which vegetables to use.


Vegetables That Can Be Grown Upside Down

Tomatoes - Tomatoes are one of the best-known upside down vegetables. There are hundreds of tutorials online on how to grow these plants upside down and you can even buy kits to help you with this. While any size tomatoes can be grown upside down, cherry tomatoes tend to be easier to manage when growing vegetables upside down.

Cucumbers - Any vining vegetable can be grown in a hanging vegetable garden, and cucumbers are often a popular choice. You can grow slicing or pickling cucumbers as upside-down vegetables, but pickling cucumbers will be the easier of the two choices. Avoid using bush cucumbers as they will have a hard time growing using this method.


Eggplants - In your upside-down hanging vegetable garden, you should consider growing eggplants. Opt for smaller fruit varieties such as those from the egg-shaped varieties, miniature varieties and even some of the slender Asian varieties.

Beans - Beans do well in a hanging vegetable garden upside down. Both pole and bush beans can be grown upside down.

Peppers - Peppers and tomatoes are closely related so it is no surprise that, just like tomatoes, peppers are excellent upside down vegetables. Any variety of bell peppers and hot peppers can be grown inverted.


Hanging cucumber plantsHanging cucumber plants. Source: AJCespedes/Shutterstock

Benefits of Growing Plants Upside Down

The tops of your upside down gardening planters can also hold a few vegetables. Some good options for this area include lettuce, radishes, cress and various herbs.


Growing plants upside down has numerous benefits for both the gardener and the plants, including the elimination of grueling gardening tasks such as tilling, weeding or staking plants. Watering is much easier, and the plants are more vigorous.

Since plants hang above the ground, there’s no worries associated with their fruits touching the soil, which significantly lessens the chances of rotting or attacks from pests.

Source: Nikki Phipps, author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

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DIY Gardening Technique - upside down pepper plantDIY gardening technique - upside down pepper plants in Univik, NWT, Canada 2017. Source: Other North/Shutterstock

Tips for Where to Put a Garden

You have bitten the bullet. You are going to do it. The only question is exactly what the location of a vegetable garden will be. Choosing a garden location can seem complicated. How much sun? What kind of soil? How much room? Don’t panic. It is not hard to pick a spot for a vegetable garden as long as you keep a few things in mind.

Convenience - The position of a vegetable garden should first and foremost be chosen for convenience. After all, a vegetable garden is for your enjoyment. If you have to walk 10 minutes to the location of a vegetable garden, chances are greatly reduced that your spot for a vegetable garden will be weeded and watered as much as it should and you might miss out on harvesting regularly.

Sun - Another thing to consider when choosing a garden location is how much sun that spot gets. Be sure to hang your upside-down garden somewhere sunny. Typically, vegetables need at least six hours of sun, though eight hours is better. Don’t fuss so much about if the spot for a vegetable garden gets morning or afternoon sun, just check to make sure it gets six hours total of sun.

Drainage - Plants can’t grow in waterlogged soil. The position of a vegetable garden should be somewhat elevated. If the location of a vegetable garden is at the bottom of a hill or in an indentation in the ground, it will have a hard time drying out and the plants will suffer. This is where upside-down gardening can be beneficial.

Toxic Locations - This should not be a factor for most people when choosing a garden location, but avoid areas where dangerous chemicals, like lead paint or oil, may have leached into the ground. These chemicals will get into your vegetables as they grow. For upside-down gardens, this need not be a factor.

Soil - Soil is not as much a factor in where to put a garden as you might think. If you are down to two spots and you are undecided as to which would be best, certainly choose the location with the loamier soil. Otherwise, all soils can be improved and, if the soil is bad, you can build raised beds or find amendments at a garden center.

Now you know a little bit more about where to put a garden in your yard. If you follow these few tips for choosing the position of a vegetable garden, it will be easy to do. Remember, the location of a vegetable garden is not as important as having fun while tending it.



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Written by Heather Rhoades

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Heather Rhoades is the founder of Gardening Know How, where she continues to write articles and answer questions relating to gardening.

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