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Topsy Turvy Grown Tomatoes Compaired To Container Grown Tomatoes

By Lee Shafer

I’m sure, like me, you’ve all watched the commercials about the Topsy Turvy and asked yourself if they really work. With several tests, I’m about to show you actual results from Topsy Turvy grown tomatoes as well as container grown tomatoes. Both groups of plants were planted within a couple of days of each other.

When I first heard of Topsy Turvys, I had already tried growing tomatoes upside down, in 5 gallon buckets, several years prior. The tests I did were nothing more than a complete disappointment and a waste of time and plants. The meager little plants that came from growing upside-down, finally produced two miniscule tomatoes on deformed looking tiny stems, where the plants that I had planted in the ground were flourishing, lush and bursting with tomatoes.

The only question in my mind was whether there was something different in the way the actual Topsy Turvy was designed. Though I was not willing to risk wasting my precious tomato plants and the $9.95 to $39.95 to try it out, I did manage to gain comparative results (from a friend) with another test, but with actual Topsy Turvys.

During my tomato planting season, I had an enormous amount of extra tomatoes, so I shared them with family and friends, so the results I am about to share are from plants that were planted at the same time mine were planted and have been grown only a few hundred feet away from mine.

As you can see, the container tomatoes, in the upright buckets are a bit stressed from our move, but they are doing magnificently well. There are many small tomatoes on nearly every single plant and some are so laden with tomatoes, I’m wondering if there is a tomato food bank somewhere local, where I can donate some.

Now I’m going to show you a picture of Topsy Turvy grown tomatoes. Remarkably, the upside-down tomatoes look very comparable to my previous tests in the upside-down 5 gallon buckets. The plants do not grow well upside-down, and as you can see, there are very few branches and so far, no tomatoes. The amount of energy it takes the plants to turn their branches upward, toward the sun, takes away from their overall production and growing season. Personally, I would never spend the money on a Topsy Turvy.

In searching the internet, I have read some reviews on the Topsy Turvy. The results were similar to mine, so why on Earth, would someone recommend these things when they deteriorate within the first year and they don’t hold enough water to keep them moist for even one day? You can bet you won’t find them hanging around my home in the near future!

Happy Gardening :)

Lee Shafer has been gardening for more than 35 years and would love to help you with useful tips on growing tomates and other vegebles.Simply head on over to Lee’s website for some very unique and interesting information on Growing Heirloom Tomatoes and other vegetables.

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