August 13, 2022

Upside-Down Tomato Planter

Just save your plastic soda bottles, cut the bottoms off, ease in a tomato plant seedling, and pour in some earth. Then hang it up, water it regularly, and watch your tomatoes grow! This also works well for herbs and peppers.)

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Amida who writes at the
wonderful blog, Journey Into Unschooling. Here she shows you a
great way to re-use plastic soda bottles or juice cartons to create
an upside-down tomato planter!

I’ve always been fascinated with growing tomatoes
upside-down, but, $19.99 (which was what my local
garden supply store was selling it for) seemed a bit steep
to pay for what essentially is a bag you fill with dirt!
So I decided to make our own using some very
basic materials we had around the house.

Here’s what you’ll need:
2-liter bottle or juice carton
Garbage bag
Duct tape
Tomato plant
Utility knife
Paper towel
Cotton balls
1. Using the knife, carefully cut off the bottom
of your bottle or carton.

2. Roll up a garbage bag around your arm and
insert into the bottle. Once inside, loosen the bag
and try to spread it evenly within the bottle. The
reason I used the black bag was to keep the roots
covered and hopefully warm in the sun.

3. Fold the top edge of the bag over the
bottle and secure with duct tape.

4. Wrap a tomato plant with paper towel and
carefully insert into the bottle and out through the
spout. The towel will help keep the soil together.

5. Fill the rest of the bottle with soil.

6. Wrap some twine or string at the mouth of
the bottle, stretching along the length of
the body, and tape in place.

7. Stuff some cotton balls through the bottom
opening to help keep water in.

8. Hang in a sunny spot and water thoroughly.

Our plants have been growing strong for at least
three weeks now and appear to be doing well. Within
the first week, the plant flipped around and started
growing upwards.
Another advantage I’ve noticed is that there that
are no bugs on the plants! Perhaps in this way, they
will survive a little longer than our usual crop and
maybe even provide us with some juicy
tomatoes this summer.

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