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Old 04-23-2018, 03:10 PM   #1
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Topsy Turvy Tomato?

Wife and I were at one of those discount surplus stores the other day and they had a rack of these things for $5 each. As Sees On TV!!

I had some leftover potting mix from a project a couple years ago and a large metal hanger off a bird feeder we don't use anymore. So what the heck... why not, right? The small tomato plant cost me $2 at Ace Hardware. For a $7 total investment maybe I'll get a tomato or two sometime this summer.

Anyone here ever try one?

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Old 04-23-2018, 03:44 PM   #2
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Phil, Tennessee has laws against torturing plant life!! Hanging a 'mater plant upside down is cruel! You should be ashamed of yourself!!

Just kidding! Hope you get a bumper crop of good 'maters!! There ain't nothin' better than a good ole 'mater and mayo sammich!!

Let us know how your crops progress!! Can we call you Farmer Phil now??

Is this how H J Heinz got started??


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Let us know how your crops progress!! Can we call you Farmer Phil now??
I'll for sure keep ya updated with a pic now and then. I used to grow quite a bit on the back deck... yields were insane. Tomato, bell pepper, banana pepper. Got lazy the last few years and hadn't gown anything.

See the dates...

Started in May


By the end of June


Pulling buckets off every week... nuts!


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And even after an endless supply all summer long... still got this a day before our first freeze in November. God sure knows how to provide.
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Grew Roma Tomato one year... the yield was simply staggering. Couldn't pick em fast enough. I don't expect to get these kind of results from the Topsy Turvy... but we'll see.

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Phil, I had 2 of them when they first came out and I actually got a good crop of tomatoes from both plants. Hope you do too. Your deck looks like mine does in the summer, covered with vegetable planters. I bought a VegTrug a few years ago and hooked up a drip line in it on a timer, it worked great. Had a abundance of produce that summer. Used it for a couple of years until we started traveling. If I'm not here to keep an eye on things, the birds will pick at everything!
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Phil, I had 2 of them when they first came out and I actually got a good crop of tomatoes from both plants. Hope you do too. Your deck looks like mine does in the summer, covered with vegetable planters. I bought a VegTrug a few years ago and hooked up a drip line in it on a timer, it worked great. Had a abundance of produce that summer. Used it for a couple of years until we started traveling. If I'm not here to keep an eye on things, the birds will pick at everything!
I had that problem with the Roma. As you can see I had netting to keep em out. Other years I didn't have bird problems... only the Roma. Who knows... birds... maybe I need a cat! Ooooooooops...

Glad to hear the Topsy Turvy worked for ya.
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Who knows... birds... maybe I need a cat! Ooooooooops...
Actually it was my husband and the cat that caused the bird problems! The birds never went after my plants until we got the cat. My husband thought the cat needed to be entertained while hanging out in the screened in patio so he hung bird feeders around the yard. Yeah, don't know which one I should get rid of the cat or the husband!
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I want to know what your secret is, we get some tomatoes and have tried to grow cucumbers, basil (which gets eaten by what?) Not a lot to make much just salads and such. I would love to make sauce and freeze. I don't plant but 1 plant of tomatoes and about 3 cucumber, darn squirrels or chipmunks ate them last year.
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No secret. Just potting mix and a shot of Miracle Grow plant food every week or two. Full sun all day... lots of water.

To keep critters away I made an inexpensive cage of PVC and netting. Takes apart easy for storage and can be reused in different configurations/sections depending on how much you want to plant from year to year.

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Originally Posted by ChattanoogaPhil View Post
Wife and I were at one of those discount surplus stores the other day and they had a rack of these things for $5 each. As Sees On TV!!

I had some leftover potting mix from a project a couple years ago and a large metal hanger off a bird feeder we don't use anymore. So what the heck... why not, right? The small tomato plant cost me $2 at Ace Hardware. For a $7 total investment maybe I'll get a tomato or two sometime this summer.

Anyone here ever try one?
My neighbor had on on his deck a few years ago. It worked pretty good.
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