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Make your own upside-down vegetable planter

  • Step 1: Gather your supplies

    Upside-down tomato planters are all the rage this season, but there's no need to spend a lot of money to buy them. Here's how to make them yourself!

    To make your own upside-down vegetable planter, you will need empty milk jugs, a hole punch, newspaper, potting soil, fertilizer, hanging planter hooks or wire, and plants.

    You can use this type of planter for tomatoes, peppers, or just about any other kind of vegetable.

  • Step 2: Prepare the planter

    Cut the bottom off of a clean one-gallon milk or water jug. Using a hole punch, punch four holes -- one on each side of the jug. Make the holes as far from the edge as possible. You can place a strip of duct tape on each side and punch the hole through it for added support if you'd like.

    Take a piece of newspaper and form it into a cone. Place the cone inside the milk jug.

  • Step 3: Add your plant

    With the jug upside down, push the roots of your plant through the end of the newspaper cone and the milk jug spout. Let the cone come through the spout a bit, and adjust it to fit around the plant stem. The newspaper will help hold the plant in place and keep it from falling out of the jug.

    For this step, it's helpful if you have another person hold the jug. This is a great project to do with kids. They can hold while you get the plant situated.

  • Step 4: Add dirt and fertilizer

    Now it's time to add the dirt and any fertilizer you'd like to use. Any potting soil appropriate for container gardening will work great for this project. While adding the soil, adjust the newspaper so you can fill as much of the jug as possible.

    Here, Jake Prater holds a tomato jug while his brother, Luke, adds soil a scoop at a time.

  • Step 5: Add hooks

    Add hooks to the punched holes. You can use pre-made container hangers, wire, or garden string. Here, a few old wire hangers were untwisted and placed through the holes. If you're using string, make a loop for hanging. For wire hangers, gather the strands and form into a hook.

    If you are doing this project alone, you can add the hooks earlier in the process and hang the planter. Then you can add the newspaper, plant, and dirt while it's hanging.

  • Step 6: Hang and water

    Your upside-down vegetable planter is ready to hang! Find a sunny spot and hang from a hook. Keep in mind that your plants will need watered more often than those planted in the ground.

    Enjoy your fresh vegetables!

Upside-down tomato planters are all the rage this season, but there's no need to spend a lot of money to buy them. Here's how to make them yourself!

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