Back in May, we started testing a product called the "Topsy Turvy." It's an upside down tomato planter and a very popular "As Seen on TV" product.
Now, two months later, we'll see how our test is going, and whether the Topsy Turvy will make you flip.
Two months ago, we put one tomato plant in the ground, and another in the Topsy Turvy, which we hung above the patio.
A selling point for the Topsy Turvy is that the tomatoes don't touch the ground, which cuts down on rot and offers some protection from varmints, fungus and bacteria.
Another selling point is that, by hanging upside down, the water and nutrients are drawn to the roots by gravity.
The manufacturer also says, because of the design, it's impossible to over-water your plant. And, most importantly, your tomatoes will grow faster and they'll be bigger, juicier, better tasting and more abundant.
If you'll remember, after three weeks, we rechecked the plants. Both plants looked fairly healthy and had blossoms. The plant in the ground was 12 inches high, but the tomato plant in the Topsy Turvy was two inches longer.
So how big a difference would we see six weeks later?
We first checked the tomato plant in the ground. It measured 14 inches from the root up, or about two inches longer, and we have one tomato that's actually on the vine.
But you won't believe the difference in the tomato plant in the Topsy Turvy. It measured 36 inches from the root to the bottom. It's almost 22 inches longer than -- nearly three times as long as -- the tomato plant in the ground. And it had four tomatoes, compared to the one tomato the plant in the ground had.
So, obviously a dramatic difference with the Topsy Turvy as opposed to the traditional way of planting tomatoes. So, I'm going to flip over the Topsy Turvy and give it the big thumbs up.
We'll check back in a few weeks with another progress report and, hopefully, taste some of the tomatoes.
I bought my Topsy Turvy at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $10. You can also find it on the Internet.
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