For those of you with less than ideal soil conditions, the upside down tomato planter is a great solution. Tomatoes love sunlight; just make sure they get plenty of it. If you grow your tomatoes in a pot, they will enjoy all the sunshine they can get! It is important, however, that you place your containers at a location where they get plenty of direct sunlight. For those of you with smaller spaces, this is a great way to grow a variety of tomatoes without any problems at all.
A good idea for those who might not be able to do this is to purchase a tomato plant guide that has an illustration of what a hanging basket looks like. It is helpful because it allows you to picture how the plant will look after it has been planted. This type of planting method is referred to as hanging. No staking needed: Since the plant is hanging upside down, there are no stakes to keep it upright. You simply attach a weight to the bottom of the bucket and it is ready to hang in the breeze.
There are many advantages to this method of planting. One of the most apparent is that it is extremely economical, especially if you are growing a large variety. Another advantage is that your plants will grow upside down, making it much easier to clean up afterwards. It is a much faster method to tend to the garden. You can usually move the tomato plant with ease since it does not take much effort to do.
So how can you make your own DIY upside down tomato planter? For starters, you can use plastic buckets. These buckets are available at most garden centers and hardware stores. The plastic buckets are usually made of sturdy molded plastic.
Before you begin hanging your tomatoes, prepare the soil for your new tomato plant. Fill the bottom of the bucket with potting soil and then lay a piece of cardboard on top of the soil. Place the hanging plant upside down into the bottom of the cardboard. Once the plant has been placed in the appropriate position, fill up the rest of the bucket with direct sunlight and water. This process may need to be repeated during the day if the sun is too strong.
When the tomatoes have grown to about one to two inches tall, it is time to remove them from the topsy turvy. To remove the tomato growing baskets from the cardboard, turn them upside down and move them to a location in your yard where they will be out of the sun. Dig a hole beneath the basket’s soil level and add a little dirt. The dirt will serve as a place for you to position the pots. Place the pots upside down into the hole and tie a rope around them to keep them in place.
After positioning and digging the tomato planters, add a little dirt at the bottom to help it sit comfortably. Drill holes near the bottom of the container for your tomato cages. This will help you know how much room is left over for the tomato plants that you intend to purchase.
Now it is time to start your hanging garden! Add the plants and seeds to the holes you have dug and make sure they are evenly spaced. Water the soil and let it settle. When it is ready, remove the hanging planter and insert it into the hole. Water the soil once more and let it sit until the next day, which is usually a week or so depending on the weather.