Like all good container vegetable gardens, this one starts with some potting soil. In this case I was a bit cheap and went with a mix of MiracleGro and SuperSoil. I’d recommend going with all MiracleGro if you can afford it but this should work out well enough. I just mixed it half-and-half, nothing special.
Next up, the planters themselves. Originally I bought a Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter© for only $10 at my local CVS, but I found a couple of Handy Trends© knockoffs for only $5 each so I wound up using them instead. I did photograph the differences between the two of them and you can see more info in my Topsy Turvy Tomato planter review. Here’s a picture of the Handy Trends© planters I used for the upside down tomato garden.
For the hanging tomatos, I used two different types of containers. The first one was the Handy Trends Upside Down Tomato Planter which you can see is the same as the “as seen on tv” versions. It’s basically a bag that hangs the tomato upside down. The second version is a five gallon bucket that costs almost nothing, ($2.50), and holds a lot more soil. Although I have to wonder if it will be quite as effective since it’s thicker. But we’ll see. =)
If you want to know how I did it check out this post – DIY upside down tomato planter – where I show you how to make your own upside down tomato planter.
The planting of the tomatoes themselves was rather simple. The Topsy Turvy type planters have an opening on the bottom with a sponge to block the opening. You simply insert the root ball through the bottom hole and wrap the sponge around the stem. Then add the potting soil and you’re ready to hang it.
The second planter I used was a – homemade upside down tomato planter – basically, I drilled a two inch hole in the bottom of a five gallon bucket and cut a slit in a piece of newspaper, ( I used a local PennySaver),
which I placed in the bottom of the bucket. After putting the tomato plant through the hole in the bottom of the bucket I placed the newspaper around the stem which stopped the dirt from falling out. Then I filled the potting soil in around the plant.
Here’s a couple pictures of the tomatoes after I hung them up. Check back each week for updates!