We all love the taste of a homegrown tomato, they’re always more flavourful and fresher than anything found in a supermarket. But if you don’t have a yard or garden, you know that finding space for plants can be a real problem. This tutorial shows you how make a hanging plastic bottle tomato planter, so you don’t have to worry about having enough space or buying lots of equipment. Making a tomato planter takes 15 minutes and then you’ll have a tomato harvest right on your doorstep!
Are you ready?
- Plastic bottle
- Chopstick or small stick
- Cable or wire (quite strong)
- Tomato plant
- Coffee filter
Let’s get started!
Wash a 2-liter plastic bottle and cut off the bottom section of the bottle.
Place the bottom part inside the rest of the bottle, as shown in the image below. It should not be too loose or too tight, but should fit comfortably. Make two holes in the sides of the bottle (with the bottom placed inside). Keep in mind that you will use these holes to hang the bottle, so make sure they are in the same position.
Make 10 holes in the bottom part of the water bottle. This section will hold water to keep the plant hydrated.
Pick out your tomato plant, choose one that isn’t too large to make the next step easier. Take the coffee filter and make a hole in the centre. Gently push the tomato plant through the hole and wrap the filtre around the base.
Place your plant into the bottle with the leaves coming out through the neck. Turn the bottle over and fill it with soil.
Place the bottom part inside again and pass the stick through the holes in the side. Wrap your wire around each end of the chopstick to create a loop to hang your planter. Finally, fill the top section with water.
Now just wait for your bumper crop of tomatoes!