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Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Planter: Does it Work?

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Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Planter: Does it Work?
By: Lauren Keith

The Topsy Turvy makes all of us "brown" thumbs out there believe we really can grow fresh tomatoes.  For gardener Ruth Kasten of Cape Girardeau, the Topsy Turvy might make up for her slowly-growing vines.  All of the rainfall has really sunk her hopes of having red tomatoes right now.

"Very tough this year.  Last June, I had tomatoes, but not this year," she says.

So, Ruth and her friend from church, Robert Overbeck, are ready to assemble the Topsy Turvy.  It doesn't take much effort to string this together.  You have to provide the plant, topsoil and fertilizer of your choice.  The foam piece in the kit should keep the soil from running out of the bottom.  We're planting a variety of cherry tomatoes and Big Boys.

"Put enough soil in to where it reaches about two inches from the top," reads Robert.

Soon after that, the Topsy Turvy is solid and also heavy.

"I'd say a good 20 pounds," says Ruth.

Keep in mind, that's *before* we add one gallon of water, per the directions.  The Topsy Turvy says it can hang off any deck or porch, so long as it's in full sun.

"It's easy to put together," says Robert.

Little did I know, Robert has quite a bit of experience with the Topsy Turvy.  He's been caring for one of his own!

"I had no problems at all!" says Robert.

For the last month, Robert's been watering his Topsy Turvy every five days.  The vines on his plant are already blossoming.  His blooming plant makes it clear that Ruth's plant is just starting the growing process.  Plus, he says he has *another* Topsy Turvy growing at home.  That one's already sprouting tomatoes!

"I think it gets an 'A' because it's easy to put together and it seems to work just fine.  It's easy to care for," says Robert.

Ruth agrees, and I'm still going to follow her progress.  Plus, she wants to know if the Topsy Turvy lives up to all of its promises.

"I'd like to try bell peppers with it.  It says you can grow those, too.  So, I'm going to buy another kit and see!" says Ruth.

She'll keep watch over her own Topsy Turvy...

"I'd give it an 'A', and when I get tomatoes, maybe an A+ because of the convenience and no work!" says Ruth.

I'll keep you posted on that, and we'll also see how Ruth's planter does with bell peppers.

Right now, even the Heartland Gardener Paul Schnare, predicts some good eats with this.  In fact, he's been growing tomatoes like this for years.

"You can make your own upside-down planter, maybe even cheaper.  Just take any hanging pot, drill a one-inch hole in the bottom, stick one to two tomato plants in, add soil and fertilizer, and go!  We even put herbs and marigolds on the top of ours and sold about 20 to 25 or so here at the Garden Center," says Paul.

So, while you might be able to rig up your own Topsy Turvy, this $10 kit seems to really grow some great results.  I'll let you know for sure, but I think it's safe to say the Topsy Turvy sprouts up a big, fat juicy, grade 'A' on this Does it Work test.

I got the Topsy Turvy at Target in Cape Girardeau. 

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