How to Make Your Own Topsy Turvy Garden Planter


If you're short on garden space or want a better way to guarantee the health of your soil, you might have considered growing your plants in a container. The Topsy Turvy brand planter is a container that suspends plants upside down to avoid the need for trellises and staking works for tomatoes, peppers, squash and eggplant. If you want to avoid the expense of the Topsy Turvy brand, but still want to try the idea, you can make your own Topsy Turvy-style garden planter from materials around your home.

Step 1

Turn your bucket upside down so the bottom is easy to access. Drill a hole 2 inches wide in the center of the bucket bottom.

Step 2

Hang your bucket in the desired location where it will receive full sun at least six hours of the day and you can easily get to it for watering. Use a step ladder if necessary to access both ends of the bucket.

Step 3

Hold one hand over the hole on the bottom as you add 1 or 2 inches of peat to the bucket. Work the peat to clear it away from the hole before taking your hand away.

Step 4

Slip a vegetable seedling of your choice into the hole moving it up from the bottom root ball first. Make adjustments as needed to hold the root ball in place and move the peat around it, adding another 1 or 2 inches of peat once the seedling is secure.

Step 5

Fill the remainder of the bucket with potting soil up to 4 inches from the top of the bucket. Top off the potting soil with a 3-inch layer of mulch to help hold moisture in and keep weeds away.

Step 6

Water the bucket once or twice weekly enough to keep the soil moist but not have water dripping out of the hole from the bottom. As your plants grow larger and as the heat of summer comes you should find you need more water to keep the plants growing well.

Tips and Warnings

  • The hook you hang your bucket on will need to be able to support the full weight of the amount of soil you have when wet as well as the increasing weight of ripe vegetables.

Things You'll Need

  • Three- or five-gallon bucket
  • Drill or jigsaw
  • Step ladder, if needed
  • Peat
  • Vegetable seedling
  • Potting soil
  • Mulch
  • Water


  • "Vegetable Gardening: Your Ultimate Guide"; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
  • Upside down planters
Keywords: garden planter, topsy turvy planter, homemade planter

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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.