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View Poll Results: How is the Topsy Turvy?
Good- It has worked out well for me! 1 33.33%
Bad- How is it still on the market? 2 66.67%
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:10 PM
 
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I've been bugging my husband about getting the topsy turvy to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers... but I want to make sure that it's a worthwhile investment. We live in an HOA community that doesn't allow produce, but I think I'll be fine with the topsy turvy since nothing is rooting in the ground. But, please, let me know if you have one and if it has worked out well for you... or not. Thanks!!!!
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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I've heard that people like them but I'd never pay for one as they seem rather flimsy. You can make one yourself but they would be better suited for the back yard.

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I think the 5 gallon bucket is the right size, especially if you want to plant some annuals in the top. You'll need a VERY strong support pole for this. You could also paint/decorate the bucket but it would still be pretty obvious that it's a bucket.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I am planning to get one, though I am also going to have to shell out for a big heavy hook since I don't have a suitable place to hang it from.


Do you plant only one tomato/pepper plant per topsy-turvy?
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:20 PM
 
Location: warrenton,va
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I've been using a 5gal paint bucket for 25 years. cut a hole in the bottm...the idea is a great one.....near perfect 'maders.
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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I've been using a 5gal paint bucket for 25 years. cut a hole in the bottm...the idea is a great one.....near perfect 'maders.
Aw, I bet you wish you'd patented the idea and given it a cute name like 'Topsy Turvy', lol. I am glad to hear it's a tried and true method though.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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the main reason that I am interested in the topsy turvy idea is because I am not by any means a skilled planter and I honestly just want something that allows me to water it maybe once- twice a day and every so often needs fertilizer. Plus, I want to share the fruits of my labours with my neighbors. But I was driving around yesterday and saw a few of them hanging from oak trees and the like and they seemed to be blossoming nicely...
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I seen a knock off brand one today at Wal-Mart called "Upsy Downsy", lol. It was less than $10.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Trallala, just get some kind of planter on your patio, deck, or whatever. In one planter you can "plant a salad"! Leaf lettuce, radishes, carrots. Not sure if it was this thread or another one about the Topsy Turvy, find someplace that sells half whiskey barrels. You'd be surprised what all you can plant in one. I'm not against the Topsy Turvy. I have several friends who have used a 5 gallon bucket for years.
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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Trallala, just get some kind of planter on your patio, deck, or whatever. In one planter you can "plant a salad"! Leaf lettuce, radishes, carrots. Not sure if it was this thread or another one about the Topsy Turvy, find someplace that sells half whiskey barrels. You'd be surprised what all you can plant in one. I'm not against the Topsy Turvy. I have several friends who have used a 5 gallon bucket for years.
Actually, the more I think about it, this actually sounds like the best idea for me. Essentially, that is what I'm wanting to accomplish. I will look around and see about finding a whiskey barrel. I already have a 5 gallon bucket since we just recently painted our house's exterior. And, yes, I would be surprised! Thanks muchly to all of you!!!!
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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I've been using a 5gal paint bucket for 25 years. cut a hole in the bottm...the idea is a great one.....near perfect 'maders.
The plastic the Topsy Turvy's are made of will probably degrade long before that paint bucket as well.

Trallala, tomatoes can easily be grown in containers but make sure you fit the cultivar to the container. Some tomatoes grow to only 3-4 feet, others 6-8. More space for larger plants and their root systems is a plus and if you want to place it on concrete, make sure you raise it so heat transfer doesn't become an issue.
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