Introduction: Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter Stand

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 This is a stand I made to hold a "Topsy Turvy" tomato planter. These planters work great but the problem is they weigh 50+ pounds when full. Since I could not hang it off a shepards hook I came up with this. Its made from 2x3's and is 6 feet tall. The base is 4'x4' and the top piece extends out a foot from the rest of the stand. Everything is held together with two and a half inch decking screws. It held up all year in 30+ mph winds. Currently the tops turvy is home to a birds nest. 


Pizzapie500 (author)2011-05-27

Why are my plants growing upwards instead of downwards?

Mine did at first too, but after a few weeks they dropped back down.

gardenhack (author)2011-05-09

clemsonguy1125 - Thanks for the idea! Built one this weekend with my father-in-law - a proud Clemson alum. Used 2 pressure treated 8 foot 2x4s, 2 1/2" deck screws and a few galvanized decking corner braces for the frame. For the planter, I found a basic 3-gallon planter, 10 ft of galvanized 3/32 " steel wire rope and a few wire rope fasteners. It appears fairly sturdy and I'm hoping it will withstand the elements.

imthatguy1125 (author)gardenhack2011-05-09

Looks good, It should stand up well. The only possible problem I see is that rain can cause chemicals to leech from pressure treated lumber. Theres a debate going about whether or not its ok to use it in gardens. But it looks good.

gardenhack (author)imthatguy11252011-05-10

Thanks, I hadn't even thought about risks from pressure treated lumber. Happy to learn that arsenic treated lumber has been phased out. The wood I purchased was treated using a Micronized Copper Azole (MCA) process. This seems to be the environmentally preferred pressure treatment which appears to be safe for gardening applications. But, I'm by no means an expert and will need to do some more research. To be safe, I may add a drip shield to keep water from dripping directly into the planter from the wood brace.

pbiehler (author)2011-05-01

looks like the top corner is trying to come apart. :/ I have been trying to figure out something like this cause right now mine it up under the roofs edge outside on the patio. I have tomatoes in it now and there are vineing types in the top and one the lower row is larger one. lol I know they will probably not sork together but trying something different. Will keep an eye out for your next one . ^.^

imthatguy1125 (author)pbiehler2011-05-04

I actually remade this problem, Its been hanging for a year now with no issues. The only way it got pulled from the wood was because I was to lazy to waterproof it. It shouldnt be a issue if you water proof it.

pbiehler (author)imthatguy11252011-05-05

It still is a great Idea. ^.^ I was thinking that if you brace it with a metal bracket of sorts it should give support from the problem. But if you already have it under control then never mind . ^.^ Have a great day crafting things. ^.~

1-2BGardening (author)2010-06-13

nice idea and thanks for sharing but in this format I couldn't save the instructions :-(

Thanks I just built a second one last week and the total was 20 dollars, If I mske another Ill post an instructable.

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