DIY Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter

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Dilly and I love tomatoes or “moties” as she calls them, hehe.  Two years ago I attempted a garden and well let’s just say that I am not the gardening type.  Pulling weeds does not appeal to me and pretty soon my garden was a garden of weeds.  I had seen the advertisements for the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planters and though I thought it was a brilliant idea I was not about to drop $10-$20 on something I could make myself for practically free so that is what Dilly and I did yesterday.  Want to learn how to make your own DIY Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter?  Read on!
You will need:
gallon milk jug(s)
potting soil
tomato plants
scissors, hole punch, and shovel
& a super cute helper, hehe.
First use the scissors to cut the bottom off of the milk jug and then punch a few holes around the bottom.  Next thread the strings through the holes so that the jug can be hung upside down.
 Next take the tomato plant and gently thread it through the opening of the milk jug – from the inside out.  You can wrap the plant in cellophane or wax paper to protect it during this process.  Next put a small amount of soil in and pack firmly with your hands.  
 Next finish filling the jug up with potting soil – Dilly loved this part.  Then hang and water.
 Ta-da!  You have your very own Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter.
The great thing about this is if you know a frost is coming you can simply take your tomato plants inside for the evening and bring them back out the next day – ya definitely can’t do that with a traditional garden.  Not to mention no weeding!!  YAY!  I’ll keep you updated on our tomatoes throughout the spring and summer.  Dilly sure is excited to pick tomatoes off her very own plants. This would be a great project to do to celebrate Earth Day!
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14 Responses to DIY Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter

  1. MamaBear says:

    Great idea! I'm guessing you'll need to 'feed' your tomatoes at some point during the summer??? I tried container gardening for a couple of years but gave up when I couldn't get the proper nutrients into the soil for the plants to thrive.

    Now we grow in straw bales -NO WEEDING! and I can stick to my formula and know that the plants are getting what they need. There's a tab on my blog that links to all the posts I've written on the subject if you wanted to check out a fun and easy way to garden!

    Happy Earth Day!

  2. Danielle @ Happenings of the Harper Household says:

    I used miracle gro soil…. the package says it "feeds plants for up to 6 months" – so I'm hoping they do pretty good with just that. Fingers crossed. 🙂

  3. My4boysand1 says:

    Very creative and your little girl makes my day with her big smile. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Joy N. says:


  5. HallofFameMoms says:

    I might just do this type of gardening for tomatoes too! Thank you for the info 😉

  6. Centsational Saver says:

    We are going to try this! Great project idea for the kids too!

    I’m stopping by from Bloggy Moms. If you get a chance please stop by my blog too. Thank you! Dena

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  8. We are totally going to try these for earth day. I have seen people do strawberries in the topsy turvy too so I think we might do one cherry tomato and one strawberry 🙂

  9. Courtney says:

    Love this idea! Do you think it would work for strawberries? Just curious. 🙂

  10. Donna Martin says:

    i love tomato it with salad

  11. Jennifer (robbins) A. says:

    I have always wanted to do this, but thought I had to purchase a special planter! I will for sure be trying this! It is so neat that plants can grow upside down. : )

  12. Beth Rees says:

    I love how excited she is. Thankfully we have some raised beds which work great especially since I am not sure we have a place to hang those. So cute though

  13. Sandra VanHoey says:

    I have shared this with my sister and we want to give it a try to see how we do. Keeping our fingers crossed

  14. Linda C says:

    Oh what a cute idea! I am going to make one!

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