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Old 03-22-2009, 11:54 PM
 
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I've noticed lately that the Topsy Turvy commercials are on again this spring. There were posts about this last year but I haven't found much info this year. It sounds like one could make your own, but that might be too much work! Has anyone had success with the Topsy Turvy's? I googled them and found that you can find the actual ones a lot cheaper on QVC than anywhere. Any help is appreciated!
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:04 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I asked some around about them last year. Reviews from people in my area varied. Some said the sun made the plastic coating brittle at the end of the year. Others said they had to water it 2-3 times per day. I saw this, which is cheaper then the topsy turvy.

Growing Tomatoes Upside Down? An Alternative Garden Plan
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Miramichi NB Canada
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Default Growin Tomatoes upside down

Hi,
My question is what holds the tomato plant in the bucket I would think it would fall out.
Iam in Miramichi NB Canada which is a zone 4 and I would like to use this idea but I don`t want to ruin a good tomato plant either.
Any thought`s?
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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From what I know, there is a small hole in the container for the tomato. You plant the seed, or insert the plant through that hole, let it settle in, then hang it upside down.

I just don't have any good ideas about container gardening for tomatoes. To me, they will need a LOT more water than most people will be able to provide, especially in the south where I am.
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Old 03-29-2009, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I ordered a couple just to see if they work. I was told they have foam rings or something within the bag that helps hold the moisture in. I've also heard they get very heavy, so you have to be careful how and where you hang them. I haven't had a whole lot of success with my tomatoes over the last few years, and I don't know if it's my soil or what. I love fresh, home grown tomatoes (as opposed to the tasteless red things in cellophane that you get in grocery stores).

My sister, who is a much better gardener than I, thinks they are a gimmick, and refuses to even consider using them. But she hasn't had a whole lot of success with her tomatoes lately either. I've read that in England they've used something similar to grow tomatoes for years. I just want a good crop of tomatoes, and if I have to use a gimmick to get them then so be it!
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:32 AM
 
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ridiculous
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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I've been eyeballing the Topsy's too... thinking tomatoes and strawberries. Harriet Carter sells the tomato ones for $10 each and $15 for the strawberry ones.

I followed the link though and I think I'd like to try that method this summer. No weeding! Awesome!
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I followed the link though and I think I'd like to try that method this summer. No weeding! Awesome!
Hadn't even thought about that - awesome indeed
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