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Cheap Planters for Tomatoes

Updated on May 4, 2015
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Fast Container Garden

I had limited space to plant a garden but love fresh Vegetables. I could not till or dig a garden so the easy solution is this. Takes about 20 minutes per plant. It is an environmental great way to recycle those old 5 Gallon Containers.

Materials Needed

5 Gallon bucket

Topsoil and Miracle Grow Garden Soil.

1/4 Drill Bit



Tomato Plant

Tomato Cage or Stake.

First make sure the container is clean. I used an old Drywall 5 Gallon Mud bucket or you can buy one from any home Improvement store.Then using an 1/4 drill, drill 5 holes in the bottom for drainage. See Photo A and B

Next get some gravel and put about 2 " of gravel into the bottom of the bucket. See Photo C

Fill up bucket with a mixture of 1/2 top soil and 1/2 Miracle Grow garden See Photo D

Plant Tomato plant and put in a stake or a tomato cage See Photo E

Put it in a sunny place. Tomato's require a lot of sunlight. Keep it watered.



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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ask Home Depot or Lowe's or Ace Hardware for some spray paints that will paint these buckets in bright decorative colors and you will have added more to the garden, deck, or balcony than just some great plants. Fine directions and easy to follow.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for the comments Gina. I have done really good using old Plastic buckets for planters. It also keeps them from going into a dump somewhere. I have grown some really big and good producing plants. You can also paint the outside of the buckets to make them more pleasing to look at.

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      4 years ago

      In the coempicatld world we live in, it's good to find simple solutions.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by Dahoglund, it is a good way for controlling weeds to.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Interesting idea. I haven't done any gardening for several yearss but thi might be worth a try.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for you thoughts and comment. But I think you missed the main point. The idea is to re-use five gallons buckets for something good rather then throwing them away into a a land fill.

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      5 years ago from North Carolina

      I like the idea but find it unsightly. I'm endeavoring to grow my own container garden this year, but I'm not sure I can bring myself to use a bunch of old paint cans around my house. Haha. I'll spring for the decorative ones.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for the visit myawn. I found that with the hole you don't have as much water standing in the bottom. good growing.

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      7 years ago from Florida

      I use old contains often being on a budget I didn't think about drainage holes in the bottom.Thanks for that tip I'm sure its best or the plants.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from western pennsylvania

      I like to figure out ways to use things that you can throw away but it can have other uses.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by and your nice remarks

    • CapturedWord profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      Hey! A great idea! I Love tomatoes! Fun hub! I'll have to keep this in mind next time I am discarding an old bucket. Looks Like it worked wonders!

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Or if we get a late frost. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent idea, Bill. That way you can drag your plants inside if there is really bad weather brewing.

    • Gloshei profile image


      7 years ago from France

      Hi Bill,

      you are a man after my own heart, as they would say. I love using old containers for plants. Some of them can make a nice feature in the garden.

      Interesting hub thanks.


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