Tomatoes are by far the most grown fruit (yes, fruit, not vegetable)
in home gardens around the world. Nutritionists and health professionals tout
the anti-oxidant health benefits of the fruit. Clearly, Americans love tomatoes.
Yet most gardeners aren't very enthusiastic about the amount of work involved
in successfully growing tomatoes.
isn't enough to just plant, fertilize and water tomatoes. You must also sucker
them, fight off a multitude of garden pests and animals (who love tomatoes as
much as we do), support them with stakes and cages, tie them, and then continually
retie the plants as they grow. Weeding also is a constant battle. Is it any wonder
so many gardeners have thrown in the towel on their battle to produce beautiful
and bountiful tomato plants?
if you're a gardener who's developed a love-hate relationship with your
tomato plants, things could be looking up for you. Literally. By planting your
tomatoes upside down and hanging them (from a deck or patio overhang, clothes
line, tree, etc.), you can eliminate nearly all the work and risk involved in
growing them the traditional way.
are rediscovering gardening, says Bill Felknor, inventor of the Topsy Turvy
Upside Down Tomato Planter. People love to grow tomatoes, but what can you
do if you don't have the space or time for a full-size garden, or your subdivision
prohibits gardens? Felknor, an avid gardener and passionate tomato advocate,
invested three years developing a planter that would address and solve all those
how the Topsy Turvy addresses the most common issues of tomato growing:
to Grow For
years, people who have no place for a garden apartment dwellers, senior
citizens in residential centers, homeowners with small lots or subdivision restrictions
have tried growing tomatoes in pots. Put them on your deck or patio, and
they will either not have enough room to grow, or if they do grow well, they'll
over-run your living space.
the tomato on a deck or patio gives the tomato extra room to grow and keeps it
out of your way at the same time. The tomato actually thrives growing upside-down,
Felknor points out. One hundred percent of water and nutrients are absorbed,
with no lost runoff. The roots directly receive the water and nutrients. And because
the Topsy Turvy is in the air, the tomato enjoys full sun access and warming.
Pests By taking
the tomatoes airborne, you remove them from proximity with all ground-dwelling
pests. Common tomato foes like cutworms, ground insects and fungus can't
reach the plants or fruit. Hang them high enough and they'll also be safe
from most animals as well. The Topsy Turvy also eliminates the need to weed since
each plant is contained in its own, weed-free environment. The gardener can also
sucker, water and fertilize while standing up.
at Stake Since
most varieties of tomato grown in American gardens are of the indeterminate
type meaning they will continue to grow as long as the season and space
allow they generally have to be tied to stakes to support the weight of
the plant and fruit. As the plant grows, the gardener must continually adjust
the ties, and sometimes the stakes, to allow for the growth.
the tomato upside-down eliminates the need for stakes and ties. It also promotes
greater stem strength in the plant. The same suckering you would do on an in-ground
plant has even greater benefits for your hanging tomato.
Water Everywhere Adequate
watering is probably the single greatest obstacle to growing beautiful tomatoes,
Felknor says. Over water a potted tomato and you'll end up with root rot
and a dead plant. Water too little either a potted plant or one in the
ground and your plant will die in the summer sun.
of the reasons that it's so hard to adequately water a tomato in the ground
is that 85 percent of the water you put on it will never make it to the plant's
roots, Felknor says. Evaporation, weeds and run off all steal water away
from the plant.
patented Topsy Turvy uses simple absorbent containment to help control the flow
of water to the roots. This means when your plant is still small, you will probably
need to water it just once a week. Advance to twice a week as the plant grows
to medium size, and once it reaches giant size, you may have to water
than one lovely ripe tomato has gone rotten waiting for someone to pick it off
the vine. Bending over, moving around leaves and vines to find a ripe tomato can
be a challenge. The Topsy Turvy allows you to pick the fruits of your labor while
should start your Topsy Turvy tomato plant at the same time you would put one
in the ground, after all risk of frost is gone. However, because of the planter's
many advantages, and better exposure to sun, water and nutrients, you can expect
to harvest your crop as much as two weeks earlier than in traditional gardens.
a planter, not a growing machine, Felknor cautions. You still have
to water and fertilize your tomato plant properly. But by giving you a way to
grow your tomato plant upside down, we've made all these critical chores
so much easier and the payoff sooner.
learn how to grow beautiful tomatoes with less work, visit www.topsyturvys.com.
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