How to Make a Hanging Support for an Upside Down Tomato Plant

Rogue Parrish

A 5-gallon bucket filled with soil weighs 50 to 60 pounds, making sturdy support imperative for a delicate tomato plant growing upside down. Many gardeners hang their buckets by the handle or a chain basket from a swivel hook attached to a lag thread eye bolt embedded in the underside of a deck or balcony. Others use an 8-inch S-hook connecting the bucket handle to a spiral staircase deck railing. A freestanding support can support numerous buckets if this is the best option to locate the buckets in a bright part of your garden with many hours of sunlight.

Hanging supports help you place upside-down tomato buckets in a sunny area.
  1. Saw four of the 2-by-4s to 6 feet in length. Slide these legs into the sawhorse brackets. Nail in place with two nails in prefabricated openings in each side of the brackets.

  2. Space the V-shaped sawhorse legs about 7 feet apart with a helper. Snap the 8-foot-long crosspiece into the top of the brackets. Nail on each side of the bracket to stabilize the crosspiece.

  3. Place the hanging support in the sunny spot in your garden. Loop chain over the crosspiece and through the tomato bucket handles and fasten end links together with a C clip.