Homemade Topsy Turvy Planters

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July 12, 2010

An upside down tomato planter.I made a planter out of an old butter container and I am very happy with it. I used Morning Glories I picked from the yard, they are everywhere, but you could do this with anything, even tomatoes?


Clean out a butter container and cut a small silver dollar sized hole in the bottom of it, you can adjust it later. Put several Morning Glory leaves through the hole, roots facing the open side of the butter container. Hold them in place this way, and put dirt over them. Hold the roots in about two inches and pour the dirt over that. Make sure the plant is pretty much anchored into the dirt by very SOFTLY pulling on it and seeing that it is secure. Put Moonflower seeds in the top of the container and they will grow out of the top of the planter. The Moonflowers will bloom at night and the Morning Glories will bloom in the morning.

I hung these with the long twisty ties, but I could have hung them with anything else I had around. I always use recycled materials. I made my planter hole too big so I criss-crossed masking tape up and down and then taped over it along the sides of the butter container. I like the bright colors. I use this tape on my walking sticks that I make out of pruned branches from our trees and I make the kids use them when they walk to help let traffic see them.


Anyway, I wish I had used thinner more porous dirt, since the dirt I used is very thick and clay like. Everything is coming up alright in the top though! I chose to hang it on an already hanging decoration on the patio, so it is doing double duty as a planter and a decoration. Have fun!

By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN

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April 16, 2010

I have seen an ad for upside down planter for tomatoes. Does anyone have a way to make your own? I think they would be easy to make, but am not sure what material to use. If anyone has a pattern and type of material please let me know. Thank you.

By marie


April 16, 20100 found this helpful

I just saw this post featured yesterday on

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

I had the same experience recently so went on a search too and came up with these links:

Some notes I've made on the subject when using a bucket:
Add water retention crystals to the growing media
Use a strong metal handled bucket
Make sure to clean bucket well if it is not new
Use worm cast/compost brewed/aerated tea for feeding

This is a YouTube Clip

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April 23, 20100 found this helpful

There are instructions for making your own topsy-turvy tomato planters from 5-gallon plastic buckets on the website for Mother Earth News.

Seems these folks were doing this for many different vegetable plants before it became a popular thing. Guess somebody took this bucket idea, and designed the now popular topsy-turvy planters.


The idea of using 5-gallon buckets is a good way to recycle buckets. They can be given free to you from the deli, or bakery in the grocery store. Some places now charge a small fee for the buckets and lids.

Some people save those plastic buckets from kitty-litter to be used for tomatoes. They are fairly easy to come by. Friends with cats will be so glad to save them for you! ha! Just be sure to ask for the lid to the bucket.

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