Room to Grow: DIY Upside Down Tomatoes

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour


Create your own upside down tomato planter to grow the tomatoes you want this summer. Even in a small garden or on a balcony, with proper maintenance you can yield a great harvest. Smaller tomato plants such as cherry or grape tend to do better in upside down planters. They won’t be as heavy and fall off the stems.

Step 1

Drill a 3″ hole in the center-bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. 

Step 2

Cut a piece of weed block fabric to fit the bottom of the bucket. Cut an “X” in the fabric that lines up with, but is smaller than the hole in the bucket.

Step 3

If your bucket does not have a handle, drill two holes across from each other 1” from the top of the bucket. Place S-hooks in each hole. Attach ends of a 1/4” chain that’s 2-3’ long to S-hooks. Clamp hooks shut.

Step 4

Fill bucket 1/3 full with organic potting mix. Carefully remove the tomato plant from its pot and loosen the roots from the soil. Tilt bucket onto its side and stick roots through the 3″ hole and the weed block fabric. Hold the plant in place while turning the bucket upward. Hold the tomato plant and fill the bucket half way with organic potting mix. Slowly let go of the tomato plant. It should stay in place. 

Step 5

Hang your tomato plant from a sturdy wall, ceiling, railing, pole or hanging system. The planter will be heavy, so ensure the location can handle the weight. Unfortunately, most shepherd’s hooks aren’t strong enough to hold the weight of the planter.

Choose a spot where the plant gets at least 6 hours of sun a day. Water and fertilize with an organic tomato fertilizer regularly.

Tip: You can also plant an herb or some flowers on top to make the most of your new planter. 

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