DIY Maven

DIY Maven

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Although I'm a writer by education and profession, I have a not-so-secret DIY and craft (of almost any kind) addiction. I'm the… read more

Comments - How To Make An Upside Down Tomato Planter

Nancy on Jun 19, 2016:

I love the idea but I'm wondering if that is enough soil for the tomato plant I have tried the brand name planter topsy turvy with mixed results

Ken/S.Wales/uk on Mar 26, 2013:

Regarding water retention rather than using landscape fabric i use a disposable nappy/dyper as it has water absorbency crystals in its makeup and will hold water at te root area.

gabriel on Jan 28, 2013:

Ann, thank you!!! thanks a lot

Ann on Jan 28, 2013:

Garbriel, the name of the iron hanger to hang the plants on is called a Shepherds Hook and can be bought @ places like wal mart, lowes and  Home Depot.  Hope this is helpful.


gabriel on Jan 12, 2013:

This post is verry old but still usefull and inspiring!! Please if you could tell me more about the iron hanger that you used to hang the pot.

it looks really strong, does it has any legs, like a tripod or it is just stuck into the ground?


thank you for your answer

frankysportfolio on May 30, 2012:

this is so much fun! growing tomato upside down...what a neat idea! this could be a great alternative for people who dont have much room in their apartment or small living space and yet still want to grow their own vegetables right! We did a project similar but instead we planted ours vertically ( Let us know how this will work for you!

Rose, Fine Craft Guild on Apr 22, 2012:

on this topic of intercrop: basil is a good plant to plant side by side with tomatoes. they like eachother and help eachother grow. i'm not a botanist, but that's what I understand, at least.

Linda on Apr 04, 2012:

I want to try this with cucumbers this year. Last year we had tomatoes upside down but they did not produce well. I am also going to buy a small bag of manure to mix with the soil this year. We had the farm bought kind last year but still no luck with the tomatoes.

Blaro on Mar 29, 2012:

I am trying to use up the old Giant Icecream buckets my kids get from walmart. Man they eat a lot of icecream. Anyway so far so good

Claudia on Jan 27, 2012:

May need to try this! Looks easy and fun!

Anonymous on Nov 26, 2011:

Mine has been hanging upside down for weeks but has got a candy cane curve as it doesnt like being upside down.  Any way to stop this next time I grow tomatoes the same way?

Teri on Jul 07, 2010:

You may wish to try putting some vermiculite, or perlite, in with the compost. This has been key in terms of improving my crop. It helps with moisture retention, which can be a problem with an upside down planter. More information on this tip at practical growing tomatoes 


Kaz Vorpal on May 20, 2010:

The herbs on the top do not compete significantly for nutrients. In fact, the best way to garden is to intercrop, growing companion plants right up against each other, the way plants grow in the wild.

In fact, the herbs at the top will reduce the likelyhood of pest insects finding and attacking the tomato plant, both by covering up its scent, and reducing the chances of the insects landing on the right plant. 

Insects home in on a crop by scent, but once they're in the vicinity, they chose any random green object nearby to land on. They can't tell the tomato from a basil plant, or even a piece of green paper or plastic, by sight. They will try to land on the tomato plant several times, and if they don't succeed, they give up and look elsewhere.

Jennia on May 07, 2010:

We did this last year. Instead of buying the containers we obtained used frosting bins from local food stores. One store gave them away for free and one store charge $.99. 


The only problem is that only one of the 5 varieties of tomatoes we planted did well (and the label went missing.) We also tried bell peppers and they weren't very happy with the arrangement either.


We are just in the process of planting our garden now. Before heading to the nursery, I think I'll see if I can find some details online about which tomato plants work best. I don't have any photos on my blog but I'll try to add some and then link to them.

JN Boston on Mar 30, 2010:

I wonder if the herbs are taking nutrients out of the soil.  Would you get better tomatoes if the herbs weren't sharing the tight quarters and leeching the nutrients?

chris and his upside down tomato on Mar 22, 2010:

Hi!  Inspiring post.  After reading this (and a couple of other similar posts), I did my first upside down tomato earlier tody.  I'm not sure what landscaping fabric is though so I just used the normal hole of a pot.  This early, I'm afraid I may have too little a hole for my plant to grow.  Check it out too when you can.

Anonymous on Mar 21, 2010:


Saw you were going to use the 3 liter pop bottles.. I used to get them at the $ store but they quit carrying them around here... where are you getting them. I have been looking for them for a long time. Thought they may have quit making them!


DIY Maven on Mar 18, 2010:

HalfBBaked: You've been very busy! You're going to have a veritable ORCHARD of veggie trees!! :)

HalfBBaked on Mar 18, 2010:

oops forgot I have a few stumps in my yard that I welded plates to the bottom of the pipes and am going to use lag bolts  to fasten them

HalfBBaked on Mar 18, 2010:

I am in the process of modifying 5 gal water jugs the ones for water dispensers and have welded up a couple of  "TREES" for them used 2" pipe  6' tall with 3 branches that stick out 2'  have made 2 so far gonna have a pepper tree and a tomato tree think I need to do 1 more for cucumbers 

Shane on Mar 03, 2010:

I am going to try this idea with 3ltr bottles. I will be sure to take pictures and post them later this year.

Hope on Jun 19, 2009:

I did this with banana peppers and they are going crazy.  I used a 1 gallon can, 2 planters that look like windo boxes (I have them hanging out the bottom and on top) and a five gallon bucket!

Brando on Jun 05, 2009:

I built one of these this year myself, they are not going as fast as the ones in the garden but its a fun little project. I have a few pictures on my blog of it.

TereP001 on Jun 04, 2009:

Yes, however the plant doesn't get enough nutrients to the roots and if its upside down then the nutrients go directly to the leaves and rest of the plant.

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