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Homemade Topsy Turvy Tomato PlanterI've been wanting to try growing Tomatoes in Upside Down Planters for the last couple years, but time just didn't permit it.  We lucked out while looking for new fishing pools and stumbled upon some 5 gallon buckets.  These were food grade buckets and looked liked they must have blown off a truck or something.

We brought them home, washed them out and decided to make 3 Upside Down or Topsy Turvy type planters.  I didn't take any pictures of the process, but it's not hard.  I used a 2" hole drill bit and my cordless drill to drill the hole in the bottom center of the bucket.  Originally, as you can see from the pictures, I used the plastic handles to hang them up.  One broke in the wind and killed one of the tomato plants when it fell ;o(  I replaced the plastic handle with some synthetic rope I had which works great.  I think the only other thing I'll add is a cross brace of wood to keep the bucket from squeezing in at the hanging points.

I planted a left over tomato seedling in the bottom of each bucket and on top, some left over pole beans and snow peas.  I think it's working out pretty good and can't wait to see how they'll make out over the summer.  I also planted tomatoes in some SIP (Self Irrigating Planters) we built with the rest of the 5 gallon buckets.  Curious to see how each will do: Garden Tomatoes, SIP Planted Tomatoes or Upside Down Planter Tomatoes... either way they'll be just as good ;o)


I'll update with pictures as they move along... ;o)

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