My planter didn't come with instructions, just a photo on the box but it was all very simple to put together. I've only half filled it with compost and placed it so that the top opening is at eye level. I can get my hand in the hole at the top so can always check the moisture level of the compost.I guess this wouldn't be possible for someone with large hands though. I planted a cherry type tomato so the fruits shouldn't weigh the branches down so hopefully no snapping off. Looking forward to a good harvest.