you’ll have yourself some DIY Tomato Planters in no time!
The secret to making a great homemade tomato planter, (or any other upside down vegetable planter), is in the container. A 5-gal bucket is cheap, (about $2.50), and easy to manipulate. Just don’t expect it to swivel like its more expensive counterparts. Which means only that your plants face the sun in one direction. That’s not a real problem as most people aren’t going to rotate their plants each day anyway. (I know I don’t!).
So, you’re wondering where to go from here. Very simple. Grab a drill and a 2″ bit of any kind, (I prefer a 2″ hole saw), and using a cordless drill, you’re going to put a single hole in the bottom of the bucket which will create your Homemade Upside Down Tomato Planter. You’re going to want to follow these steps:
- Get all your tools together – there’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve started a project and you don’t have what you need. In the case of a DIY Upside Down Tomato Planter make sure you have a drill, a 2″ hole saw, a 5-gal bucket, potting soil, some newspaper, a hanger (a strong one), and of course a plant to put in it.
- Drill the hole – for tomatoes and other plants like squash you want to drill a single 2″ hole in the bottom of the 5-gal bucket. This is where your drill and 2″ hole saw come into play. See picture below.
- After you drill the hole DO NOT FORGET to remove the sharp plastic edges that are around the hole. If you do forget you will cut the stems as they grow with that sharp plastic and things will not work out well for you.
- Check the soil – just like any other container check the soil for moisture content. Because the roots are enclosed in a hanging container they get more sun, which means more heat, which means YOU need to pay more attention and not let them dry out.
- Enjoy your produce – evidence suggests that harvests come sooner and plants produce more. I’ll let you know the truth of the matter as this experiment continues, but make sure that no matter what you get – you eat, and you enjoy it. =)
I also made a different type of planter, it’s setup for green beans but would be perfect for Strawberries or some other type of vegetable like peppers. For the same price, ($2.50), I created a planter using a drill and a 1 1/2 inch bit. I also added holes in the bottom of the planter to prevent root rot.
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