How To Make A Homemade Upside Down Tomato Planter
Most of you have seen these either on television or in the store. You grow tomato plants upside down from hanging devices. Whether you live in the country with plenty of land or in the big city with a small terrace you can have homegrown tomatoes. They grow really well and the ones you grow yourself will taste so much better than those at the grocery store and save you money.
Recently I saw one that looked like a bucket and I thought to myself, “I can make that,” so I did.
You will need:
A clean ice cream bucket: some craft stores carry buckets about this size if you don’t eat ice cream. I used what I had on hand making it even less expensive and recycling is always a good thing. They are about 4 quarts, if it’s a little bigger or smaller it will still work.
Potting soil or dirt from your yard.
Landscape fabric or used dryer sheets
Tomato plants or seeds
Cut holes like in the picture using a vitamin or spice bottle, about an inch and a half across in the bottom of your bucket and also in the lid. They don't have to be perfect, just be careful and don't cut yourself.
Put a piece of landscape fabric or a used dryer sheet in the bottom of the bucket. Fill halfway with potting soil or dirt from your yard.
Fill the rest of the bucket with peat moss. Put another piece of landscape fabric or used dryer sheet and put the lid on. Turn upside down. The fabric will keep the dirt from falling out of the holes.
Cut slits or holes in the fabric to put in your tomato plants or seeds. If you use plants you can turn it over right away. If using seeds wait until you have plants growing before hanging otherwise your seeds will just wash away when you water and you won’t have any plants.
Hang in a sunny location. Hanging plants require more water than those in the ground so check often. I have to water everyday during the warm summer months here in Oklahoma.