Potted Plants – Fun and Responsibility for Kids – Tuesday Tips

July 7, 2009

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If you’re looking for a project to get your kids outside, teach some responsibility and science, try a tomato plant!

I normally dread my kids seeing commercials on TV, but when my 6-year-old begged for a ‘Topsy-Turvy Tomato planter, I was intrigued.  It’s a hanging sack that holds the tomato roots and potting soil, while the plant itself grows out of the bottom of the sack, in the air and off the ground.

What a great homeschool project!

We quickly figured out you can do the same thing by cutting a hole in the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket.  We gathered 4 buckets, each kid chose a plant, and the buckets are now hanging from a couple of 2 x 4’s suspended between the slide structure and our fence.  One of the kids chose a zucchini plant.  Who knew they could all grow upside down?


Each child is responsible for watering, fertilizing, and . . . picking and eating the produce – the best part.  It’s a fun introduction to responsibility, work, and its rewards.  Not to mention a good precurser to getting a pet.  If they can’t keep their tomato plant alive and watered, they aren’t ready for a pet.

Did you find something that worked well for you this week?  Share your tips with the rest of us!

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3 Comments so far

  1. Becky July 14, 2009 8:31 am

    I tried this for the first time also. The tomato’s plants don’t seem as big as the ones in my garden and they do dry out very quickly. I had a ripe tomato but it rotted on the inside.
    They make for great conversation if nothing else.

  2. Misty July 11, 2009 8:45 am

    How fun, Celia. Did you post a picture somewhere? I’m curious how other’s upside down experiment in going.

    Ours are doing pretty decent, except for one of the tomatoes that I let dry out too much and it’s now trying to recover 🙁 Plus, the zucchini seems to be only half the size of the one planted in the ground at the same time and there are some lovely bugs that think I am growing zucchini leaves just for them to eat.

    Gardening is always a fun experiment.


  3. Celia July 11, 2009 8:18 am

    We did this as well, but just cut holes in the bottom of those cat litter buckets we tend to accumulate. It brought in the theme of recycling too!


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