Drew, who now wants to be called Lil’ Man, has for the longest time wanted a garden. Well with all the woods in our backyard it doesn’t really lend itself to that. I’ve seen how tomatoes grow really well upside down. And instead of spending $20 on the Topsy Tomato planter we decided to make our own and recycle at the same time.

We used an empty ice cream container.
Planting tomato plant seeds

I cut a hole in the bottom.
Planting tomato plant seeds

In order to prevent the dirt from falling out of the bottom of the bucket we used some screen. At first I wasn’t sure what to use, but I found this roll of screen that I used for projects while teaching.
Planting tomato plant seeds

Planting tomato plant seeds

Then we filled the container with potting soil and added some water.
Planting tomato plant seeds

Flip the container upside down and since the screen didn’t have holes that would allow the plant to grow threw, we cut some slits into the screen. Next, we opened the package of seeds, pushed the seeds through the screen making sure the seeds were covered up with soil. (not pictured)
Planting tomato plant seeds

Should see some sprouting within a couple weeks!
Planting tomato plant seeds

Hanging in the sun.
Planting tomato plant seeds