Planting Tomatoes in a Hanging 5 Gallon Bucket


Tomatoes can be grown in the ground, in a container or hanging upside down. Instead of the Topsy Turvy upside down-hanging tomato plant, you can create your own upside down-hanging 5-gallon bucket and grow healthy tomato plants. If you have a small area that isn't large enough to grow tomatoes, you can save space and grow your tomatoes upside down anywhere you have at least five hours of sun a day.

Step 1

Prepare the soil. Use a mixture of one part perlite, one part compost and two parts peat moss. Mix all the ingredients together and set aside.

Step 2

Drill a pilot hole in the bottom center of the bucket with the 1/2-inch drill bit. Use the saber saw to make the hole 3 inches in diameter by putting the blade in the pilot hole and making a circle cut. Drill four 1/2-inch holes evenly spread out around the side of the bucket 2 inches up from the bottom of the bucket. Drill five to six 1/2-inch holes in the cover for the bucket.

Step 3

Hang the bucket somewhere low so that you can easily insert the plant from the bottom and add soil to the bucket. Place the two coffee filters together, and use the scissors to cut a slit 1 inch long in the center. Place the coffee filters in the bottom of the bucket over the hole.

Step 4

Insert the tomato plant roots through the bottom of the bucket from the outside going in through the slit in the coffee filter. The coffee filter is going to hold the soil in until the plant gets larger. Slowly and gently add the soil mixture to the bucket, packing down around the roots slightly. Add enough soil to reach 1 inch from the top of the bucket.

Step 5

Place the cover on the bucket. Water the plant through the holes on the top of the bucket so that the soil is wet down to the plant roots. Hang the plant on a hook by the metal handle; place it in a spot where it will get at least five hours of sun a day.

Things You'll Need

  • Perlite
  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • 5-gallon bucket with cover and handle
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Saber saw
  • 2 coffee filters (or newspaper cut the same size and thickness)
  • Scissors
  • Tomato plant


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