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Old 04-04-2009, 10:38 AM   #1
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MoniDew's Husband's Gone Topsy-Turvy!
Have you seen the info-mercials yet? My husband is a gadget guy, like most guys. And he saw the info-mercial for a gadget to grow tomatoes upside-down. (called the topsy-turvy)

After a recent visit to a local guy who sells heirloom tomatoes, I came home with one he gave me, for free, to try, but I knew I didn't have room for it in my raised bed. Well, hubby says, "can I have it?" Where're you gonna put it? "I'm gonna plant it upside-down." HUH?

Yeah, He bought a topsy-turvy! (and he doesn't garden.)


I'm lmao!! Can't wait to see this....!
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Old 04-04-2009, 11:00 AM   #2
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Let us know how it works! Anytime that commercial is on, somebody says how 'cool' it is.
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We have a guy on our local news that does weekly "Deal or Dud" tests on infomercial products. So, you can let us know if the "Topsy Turvy" tomato grower is a deal or a dud.
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I'm anxious to hear about it, too. I don't garden either...but, have been tempted as well! In fact, Ace has it on sale this week for $10.00 and...hmmmm
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I work at Bed Bath & Beyond and we carry several As Seen On TV products, the Topsy-Turvy being one of them. I haven't inspected it too closely yet, but from what I gather it makes it REALLY simple to grow tomatoes...it doesn't matter if you garden regularly or not at all.

You'll have to let us know if it actually works. I've heard only good things about it so far, though, so that's probably a plus! I would suspect that, along with being user-friendly, it takes up a lot less space than if you planted a tomato plot in the backyard. If this is the case, I was actually thinking that I would like to get one since we're short on yard space where we're currently living.
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About 5 years ago DH was talking to a neighbor who had a tomato plant hanging from the bottom of a planter on his porch. He had a bunch of tomatoes on the plant. So DH went and bought a regular plastic hanging planter and got a small tomato plant. He pushed the roots up through the hole in the bottom of the planter and then filled the planter with dirt. He hung it on our back porch were it could get sun and just watered it with a little miracale gro and before long we were eating tomatoes too. Every time I see the ad I think about the plant we had.
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I was going to buy one of these for my DH, but the reviews for it on Amazon are pretty unfavorable. Apparently the bag part gets really hot and it needs to be modified, otherwise you wind up having to water multiple times a day!

Many people suggested an approach like cindycactus's that seemed to much more successful.

At least you didn't have to pay for it, MoniDew. I hope you have good results!
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What Cindy wrote!

You can make one with a wooden planter (plastic gets too hot and dries out too fast for me).

Just cut a bigger than normal hole in the bottom, put in a bit of dirt, then the plant, then more dirt. Water regularly. It works great with cherry tomatoes, which delights my DGD.
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I'll definitely keep everyone posted here.
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Originally Posted by MoniDew View Post
Have you seen the info-mercials yet? My husband is a gadget guy, like most guys. And he saw the info-mercial for a gadget to grow tomatoes upside-down. (called the topsy-turvy)
My husband is a total gadget guy too I'm always teasing him about it. My mom bought this for him just last week and it's sitting on my patio waiting to be planted and hung. Never mind we have acreage and a large garden with tons of tomatoes in the ground already! I've placed the hook to hang it on in a flowerbed, that way all runoff water will at least water the plants below.
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