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DIY Upside-Down Planter

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Easily build your own upside-down tomato planter in minutes from a 5-gallon bucket.

Upside-down planters for tomatoes are a common trend in patio gardening and container gardening.


Upside-down planters for tomatoes are a common trend in patio gardening and container gardening. Enthusiasts claim that growing vegetables upside down allows more nutrients to go into the plant, creating larger, healthier yields. It also lessens the burden of tasks like watering and weeding.


Many manufacturers sell some variety of upside down planter, and aside from different marketing nuances, they're all more or less a hanging planter with a hole in the bottom.

You can save a few bucks and make your own upside-down planter from a clean 5-gallon bucket. You'll need a utility knife or saw to cut a hole in the bottom of the bucket, and a coffee filter can cover the hole so soil doesn't fall out.

Watch the video below for instructions on how to make one!



In the video, TiredGarden turns the planter over and inserts the tomato transplant, but you may hang the planter and insert the tomato from the bottom before filling your upside-down planter with soil. Be sure to use a strong hook drilled into a secure location, as a bucket full of soil is pretty heavy.
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