A Cheaper Way to Feed the Birds

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I figure if the birds or my industrious ground squirrel take all my tomato plants (to say nothing of the tomato worm thingys), then I will not have lost much on the project.

Wastepaper basket from Target–$3,39

Labor by hubby to cut a hole in the bottom and 2 for hanging–free

Rope–lying around–free

Dirt–leftovers from other projects–free

Tomato plant from Home Depot–$3.48

Pleasure factor–a lot!

And if the birds get all the product.  Who cares.  At least I didn’t spend 20 bucks on that other product, which shall remain nameless.

(I found the site where I first saw this idea:  I want to give credit where credit is due. http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/06/diy-topsy-turvy-tomato-planter.html )


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15 Responses to A Cheaper Way to Feed the Birds

  1. I tried one of these – it died. I think I forgot to water it. You do have to water them, right?

  2. Elaine Suranie says:


  3. What a clever idea. I will try it out!

  4. dorannrule says:

    Clever girl, even if you didn’t think of it yourself. You did think of it as a bird feeder though! 🙂

  5. tootlepedal says:

    I await developments with interest.

  6. Do your birds eat tomatoes or the plants? I’ve never heard of this happening, but then you do have a different bunch of birds than we do.

    I hope your project succeeds. There’s nothing like homegrown tomatoes. I’ve seen those thingies in the store, but never thought to try it because of our devastating prairie winds.

    • We get a lot of wind here, too, but so far so good. I’m not sure if it was birds or the ground squirrels that ate my container tomatoes last time. Some looked distinctly like pecks, but we’ll see.

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