Topsy Turvy bucket planter
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Topsy Turvy is the trademark name for hanging vegetable planters that are often marketed on TV and in home and garden centers. Many people like hanging planters such as the Topsy Turvy, because there is very little maintenance required on these hanging planters and no back-breaking work on the ground pulling weeds. With a Topsy Turvy hanging planter, simply hang it up and water it. You don't need to call the 800-number to order; make one of your own that works just as well.
Clean out the bucket and drill a 2- to 3-inch hole in the center bottom of the bucket.
Insert the plant of your choice through the hole from the inside, leaving the root ball in the bucket. You may need to remove some of the leaves at the bottom of the plant if they are in the way. This will not harm your plant in any way.
Add a layer of sphagnum moss around the root of the plant. This will help prevent the plant from falling out of the hole.
Gently place the potting soil around the root ball of the plant to hold it into place. Begin adding more soil, up to 2 inches from the top of the bucket. Add some fertilizer pellets about halfway up the bucket and add the remainder of the soil.
Water the plant from the top so that the water comes out of the bottom of the bucket. This will tell you that the water has made it all the way to the root ball of the plant. If the soil level has dropped to 2 inches from the top of the bucket, add more soil.
Hang the bucket up on a sturdy hook where it will receive plenty of sunshine.
Water it every day or when the soil feels dry. If your bucket has a lid, you can put the lid on the bucket to help retain moisture for your plant.