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Tipsy Pot Gardening for Small Spaces

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Tipsy pot gardening is an excellent choice for apartments, walkways or other small space areas that limit your gardening abilities! Here is an easy, do it yourself, stackable garden. . .b101-tipsy-pot-herb-garden
One of most frequent issues people seem to have when gardening is time and space. This handy Tipsy pot garden is a great space saver (indoors or out) and with the clay pots, weeding won’t be an issue! Each of the pots rests on edge of the one below it creating a cascading tipsy pot.

Tipsy Pot Garden Directions

You’ll Need:
3-6 Clay Pots (depending on how high you want to stack them) or to make a stackable Pumpkin Planter- 4-5 Plastic Pumpkins
1 Sturdy Plant Stake or Piece of Rebar
Potting Soil/Dirt
Seeds of your choice


First, Drive the stake or rebar into the ground about a foot. Leave enough space to slide each of the pots down over the stake.

Slide the first pot down the stake through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot:


Fill the pot with soil, plant seeds of your choice, water, then tilt the pot slightly sideways. Slide the next pot down the stake, leaning it on the opposite side of the first pot. The bottom of the pot will rest on the edge of the first pot.

Once the pot is in place, fill it with soil, add seeds, water and repeat until all the pots are used or you run out of rebar/stake.


This can be done with pots that are all the same size like the photo at the top of this “How-To” or with varying pot sizes such as this one:


As you can see from the above photo, in this case we actually used an existing “Small Welcome Flag Pole” as our tipsy pot stake.


Since the flag pole is less sturdier than a heavy duty stake or rebar, we chose smaller pots. Remember to take into consideration the weight of the plants once they sprout.


Indoor Tipsy Pot Garden

This method isn’t limited to outdoor use, this can be done inside as well. All you need is a small block of wood, a wooden dowel, and a screw. Place the wooden dowel in the center of the small wooden block, screw through the wooden block up into the dowel, be sure to start slowly to avoid cracking or splintering the dowel.


Then place the wooden dowel on a clay saucer, feed the first clay pot onto the dowel and plant/seed as directed above. The dowel method works well for small counter-top herb gardens.


Be aware that using a dowel outside long-term isn’t a great idea as the wood will rot with moisture.

Other Tips

Water each pot slowly and give it time to absorb, this will prevent the pots from running over into each other.


Pumpkin Planter Directions:

To Make a Stackable Pumpkin Planter simply drill holes in plastic pumpkins and stack them, alternating the side of the holes for each pumpkin. Aka- bottom pumpkin drill hole to the right of the face, feed through the stake, 2nd pumpkin- drill hole to left of face, feed through the stake to stack, fill with soil/flowers before adding next pumpkin.

How to make a Topsy Turvy Pumpkin Planter Tutorial




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17 thoughts on “Tipsy Pot Gardening for Small Spaces”

  1. i will be trying this i have limited space. i think cucumbers in the top one will work great they can run down if they are not to heavy.

  2. i’m’a thinkin of smaller to bigger pots with the plants mimicking a waterfall… starting at the top with something like hen n chicks and adding whatever you call those draping grean pearl-like things and ending in alyssum in the bottom to be like frothy bubbles.

  3. how do you handle the watering? doesn’t it come out the bottom? or do you plug up the bottom pot?

    think i will give it a try for the spring.

  4. i think i will do a nice flower arrangement instead of a garden due to we only have 3 months of summer anyhow. Thanks, great idea!

  5. once seen this before but didn’t get a chance to try it. i love growing succlents and this set up will allow me to grow many different plants 🙂 🙂


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