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Cedar Upside-down Tomato Planter..."The Hooty Hanger"

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Project by Bullgoose posted 06-26-2009 10:10 PM 5414 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cedar Upside-down Tomato Planter…”The Hooty Hanger”. I didn’t like the ones they were selling on TV, so I decided to build one. This is the first time that I have attempted to grow anything upside-down. I have included some updated photos depicting the bottom and top of the planter.

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.





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#1 posted 06-26-2009 10:12 PM

very cool… whats the bottom look like, how did you keep the soil in??

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#2 posted 06-26-2009 10:20 PM

Thanks! The base is a rubber “Tree Ring” cut down to size that is made of recycled tires, which is supported by a cedar hub and six spokes. I just took a 4×4-four inch tall piece of cedar and made it six-sided and then dadoed each face to accept the “spokes”. So far it is working like a charm.

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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#3 posted 06-27-2009 01:21 AM

That is so cool. Ya wanna sell it? LOL If my wife sees this she will want one

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#4 posted 06-27-2009 04:49 AM

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#5 posted 06-27-2009 04:52 AM

Great Lookin Planter

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 06-27-2009 04:53 AM

great

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 06-28-2009 06:21 AM

I don’t know if growing food upside down makes it more nutritious, but at least you are looking good doing it. Great job!

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#8 posted 06-29-2009 12:42 AM

beautiful!!! and you have a green thumb as well!

You should show off your gardens over at GardenTenders!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 07-04-2009 01:13 AM

Awesome! I have one of the ones from TV, but I like yours much better. I was thinking of picking another one or two up if it did well, but I am inspired to save my money and break out the tools instead.

Thank you for the inspiration.

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#10 posted 07-10-2009 02:30 PM

I’m with zeddicus, I have 3 of the TV one’s but I like your’s much better. How’s about some plans. Or at least some deminsions and assembly instructions. The one’s I have are doing great but would look much better made of cedar. Very nice indeed.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#11 posted 07-10-2009 02:30 PM

Also looks like your growing something in the top of it, what is it?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#12 posted 07-10-2009 06:49 PM

Thanks, guys! The circular planter (appox. 20” dia.) is made up of 8” x 2.5” x 1” pieces of cedar beveled and biscuit joined together. The base is a “hub and spoke” configuration (see photo above). I took a block of cedar and made an octagon (I know I said six before, but I’m just learning to count) along the long axis, dadoed each face to accept the cedar “spokes” in a mortise and tenon manner. This arrangement holds a recycled rubber “tree ring” that allows water to pass, but not the soil.

The whole thing is hanging from a 4×4” cedar post and arm by dent of four chains (three around the top and one in the center connected to the “hub”), each of which is equally sharing the load (see photo above), which is greater than one might think.

BTW, the top holds spices and a flower.

Of course, I used a router on all of the pieces to make them look more attractive. I call it The Hooty Hanger and if any of you figure out how to make money on this, please don’t forget where you saw it first! :~)

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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#13 posted 07-10-2009 07:01 PM

Make money on it? Hah! I want tomatoes. LOL

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#14 posted 07-10-2009 07:11 PM

Me too!

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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thelt

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#15 posted 07-10-2009 07:27 PM

What is the diameter of the planter?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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