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How To Make Your Own Homemade Topsy Turvy Garden Planter

Updated on May 18, 2016

How to make your own upside down plant container

Topsy Turvy garden planters have taken the world by storm in the last year. With more people looking for ways to save money and grow their own food, the Topsy Turvy gardening planters allow even the worst green thumbs to be able to grow their own vegetables and fruits with a pretty foolproof method. Surprisingly, upside down (or vertical) gardening has been around for awhile - and some people have already been doing their own versions of upside down gardening before the Topsy Turvy came along. Some enterprising gardeners have even come up with more inventive ways to grow their tomatoes, strawberries and herbs in even more unconventional containers such as 2 liter bottles!

Although I have a Topsy Turvy planter hanging in my own yard, I honestly haven't bought any more simply because cost was an issue for me. At $10.00 or more per container, I decided that it would get too costly for me to hang more than just a couple planters, even though the idea of vertical planting was very attractive to me.

Thanks to an awesome video I ran across today by a very craftsy lady, I found a way to make my own upside hanging planters at a mere fraction of the cost. All I need are some 2 liter bottles,some heavy duty twine, a coffee filter, a plant and I'm all set to grow more vertical plants along the eaves of my house!

Perhaps you may want to try this too!

Instructional video on making your own upside down planters

My Topsy Turvey planter

This is my first year doing vertical gardening. This is my Topsy Turvy container in my backyard
This is my first year doing vertical gardening. This is my Topsy Turvy container in my backyard | Source

Growing tomatoes upside down

Along with the instructional video here I have also included some of my own pictures of my own Topsy Turvy planter, which I have Early Girl tomatoes growing in. Although this is only my first attempt at growing vertically, I have no doubt my efforts will be successful as I have been diligent about watering. My tomato plants already have blossoms on them so I'm pretty sure I will have a bountiful crop of luscious tomatoes in a couple of months. I'm also looking forward to making some home-made upside down planters and using them to grow some strawberries and chili peppers in. Although I'm not too sure if the the 2 liter bottle will provide enough room for tomatoes, I am still going to try planting some cherry tomatoes in one and see what happens.

These homemade upside down planters would be great painted also (if you don't like the label showing) - adding a decorative touch. They could be hung from your balcony, eave or any sunny spot that will take a hook. Vertical planting also allows you to hang the plants off your porch or from a potted plant holder from a light post or off your house.

Topsy Turvey planter hanging from eave

Since this is a pretty big Topsy Turvy I had my husband put a strong hook in the eave of our shop to hold the tomato plant when it gets heavy
Since this is a pretty big Topsy Turvy I had my husband put a strong hook in the eave of our shop to hold the tomato plant when it gets heavy | Source

Other suggestions for your home-made upside down planter

More suggestions:

1. Try marigold flowers on top of the plant

2. Other good herbs on top of your planter would be oregano, basil and thyme to complement flavor. These would also add to the edible gardening factor.

3. Nasturtiums are also fully edible flowers. They are colorful and would grow nicely too.

4. Try planting upside down using some plastic milk cartons. 5 gallon buckets work well too - there are some great pictures below of wonderful tomato plants doing exceptionally well in 5 gallon buckets.

Benefits to your own upside down container planters:

1. This is a great way to add acreage. You don't have to weed and it's actually a kinda 'green' thing cause you're not wasting water. You are also recycling the bottles too!

2. This is great for you apartment dwellers or ladies who don't have men to rototill but still want those fresh veggies for your salads. Just go pop off a few tomatoes or peppers out of your deck garden.

3. This is great way to garden if you who have critter problems like rabbits and deer.

4. Fresh veggies are healthy for you and organic!

Below you will find the YouTube video by our craftsy lady showing you how to make your own upside down planters using the 2 liter bottle approach. Enjoy and have fun!

For more of my tips on gardening please check out some of my other hubs: Gardening Tips and How to Start your own Victory Garden. I hope you have enjoyed this article on how to make your own upside down planting container and please let me know how it goes if you decide to make one ( or several!) I have decided that this is such a neat idea that I am going to have a craft day for my friends at church and guess what we are going to make!

( Dorsi Diaz is an avid gardener and a writer/publisher here on the Internet)


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  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Eliza) You are very welcome. Thanks for reading!

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    Lisa McKnight 

    8 years ago from London

    Fantastic idea I hadn't heard of these. Thanks for this hub.

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Patsy) Your welcome and thank-you!

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    8 years ago

    starting a master gardening class tomorrow may just share this with them! Thanks!

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    sofs) YW!! Thanks for stopping by.

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    9 years ago

    This is a great idea, not only is this different, you also get to reuse the plastic bottles that would otherwise be filling up land fills. I am going to try this!! Thanx!

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    10 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Nancy and Sweetie Pie) Thanks for stopping by and yes I thought this was very clever too!!

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    Nancy's Niche 

    10 years ago

    Now this is thinking outside the box!!! :o) Thanks for the tip, I love it!!!

  • SweetiePie profile image


    10 years ago from Southern California, USA

    This is a good idea Dorsi.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    10 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Lorette) Thanks for the tip!

    DiasyJae) Let me know if you do make one

    Rismayanti) TY!

    Susan) Yes try it and let me know

    EthelSmith) Yes great for small space gardening

    Billy) Yes this would be a great project for kids

    Bob) Look forward to reading about it!

    Sally's Trove) Yes these would be great for that

    Vibhavari) Yes I really like that 2 plant idea too

    hello.hello) Yes vertical gardening has become a new planting revolution

    THANKS everyone for stopping by, reading and commenting!

  • daisyjae profile image


    10 years ago from Canada

    I might try this. I will bookmark it.

  • Rismayanti profile image


    10 years ago from Tropical Island

    owww... so creative.. thank you for great hub.

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    Susan Keeping 

    10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Perfect solution for my balcony since the sun gets blocked by the balcony railing. I may just try it.

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    Ethel Smith 

    10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    What great ideas and will not matter if space is at a premium

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    10 years ago

    Totally new to me - thanks for a great hub - very creative and original. Looks great for the kids to enjoy gardening also.

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    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    Starting a new balcony garden soon, thanks for the inspiration.

  • Sally's Trove profile image


    10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Loved the creative ideas in this Hub. I forwarded this Hub on to my daughter, who is always looking for ways to encourage her students to enjoy plants. That's a real challenge, because the outdoor areas they use are home to a large population of hungry white tail deer. The plastic bottles would be perfect hung from tall poles along the sensory trail where students ride their horses. Super Hub!

  • Vibhavari profile image


    10 years ago from India

    Hi, Dorsi

    I loved this hub, It is so full of creative ideas! This is the first time I've heard of an upside down plant. And the pictures tell that the plants do thrive and also the idea of planting flowers on top so you actually have two plants growing in opposite directions.

    Thanks for this hub.

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    Hello, hello, 

    10 years ago from London, UK

    Wow, that is a bit of a revolution. Thankyou for your information.


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