I plan on giving this a try this year. Does anyone have any pointers? Is the topsy turvey thing good?
I know quite a few people who tried the topsy turvey thing and didnt' have any luck. Their tomatoes were small and would rot before they rippened if theyr'e were lucky enough to grow.
I grow tomatoes every year. The idea behind the topsy turvy is that the nutrients would be drawn by gravity to the plant and fruit, but the problem seems to be that the roots (at the top) still need water, and to keep them moist requires overwatering the rest of the plant. Tomatoes don't need a lot of space if you give them something to climb, however.
I just bought a plant, a bamboo stake (they recommended a tomato cage, but i'll take $1 to $10 any day, LOL) and a larger planter. My mom always liked growing tomatoes in a container, and i'm giving it a try this year. It was around $15 for everything (I bought a smaller, drought resistant strain - it gets HOT here).
My biggest thing was knowing what kind to get- there were about 15 different varieties to choose from. It was confusing! We knew we wanted slicer tomatoes, so that narrowed it to 7... then I just kinda looked at every tag. I'm growing strawberries in a container too.. both say they need around 18-24" for growth. We'll see! I have a traditionally brown thumb, so i'm excited. If this goes well, I'm doing a raised bed next year.
Thanks everyone! Sounds like spending the $5 for the topsy turvey thing would be a waste
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