How to Build an Upside Down Planter


An upside-down planter is a great way to grow vegetables. The nutrients from the soil flow down into the plants' systems. Many gardeners get larger yields when they use an upside-down planter. You can save money and make your own upside-down planter.

Step 1

Turn the 5-gallon plastic bucket upside down. The bucket is going to be your container for the upside-down planter.

Step 2

Attach a large drill bit to an electric drill. Drill a 1- to 3-inch diameter hole in the center of the bottom of the bucket.

Step 3

Pour potting soil into the bucket to completely fill it. Tap the dirt down slightly. Add additional potting soil to finish filling the bucket.

Step 4

Set two coffee filters on top of each other in the center of the dirt. The coffee filters will hold the dirt in the bucket when you turn it upside down.

Step 5

Open a tube or bottle of super glue made for plastics. Place a thin layer of the glue around the rim on the bucket. Quickly place the lid on the bucket. Allow to dry for 15 minutes.

Step 6

Flip the 5-gallon plastic bucket over. You will now see the hole you drilled with the coffee filters holding the dirt in place. Cut a small hole in the coffee filter with a pair of scissors.

Step 7

Select a seedling. Gently squeeze the roots to unbind them. Plant the seedling in the hole. Repeat with one to three seedlings. Water thoroughly.

Step 8

Let the seedling grow to 1 foot tall. Flip the bucket upside down and hang it in a place of your choosing.

Tips and Warnings

  • Bring upside-down planting containers inside when there is a chance of frost or high winds.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon plastic bucket with lid
  • 2 coffee filters
  • Super glue for plastic materials
  • Electric drill
  • Large drill bit
  • Potting soil
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Seedlings


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Keywords: upside-down planting containers, container gardens, growing vegetables

About this Author

Daniel Smith graduated from technical school in 1993 and has been writing since 2005. His has written numerous articles for the instructional website called eHow in areas including gardening, home improvement, celebrating special events and health-related topics.