Growing tomatoes by hanging them is becoming increasingly popular among gardeners. Expensive tomato hangers can be purchased at local gardening stores, but you can easily save money by making your own at home. A bucket, potting soil and tomato plant is all you need to start growing juicy, fresh tomatoes at home.
Turn a 5-gallon plastic bucket with a metal handle upside down and drill a 2-to-3 inch hole in the center bottom.
Place the top 2 inches of the tomato plant stem through the hole so the roots are on the inside of the bucket. Holding the roots, fill the bottom of the bucket with peat moss, pushing it underneath the root ball to hold the tomato plant up. Pack down firmly along the bottom of the bucket and continue adding until it completely covers the root ball.
Fill the rest of the bucket with potting soil to within 1 inch of the rim. Water until it comes out of the bottom hole to help settle the soil around the roots and in the bucket. If the soil settles below 1 inch of the rim of the bucket, fill it up with more soil.
Hang the tomato hanger in a location that receives full sun daily, and is strong enough to hold up the growing tomato plant. If necessary, cut off the top of the tomato if it grows to long.