Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Topsy Turvy Planter

In an effort to do some growing I bought a Topsy Turvy planter. It doesn't cost much and I thought it would be great for growing threw the winter and help as far as my bug problems and trust me everything I plant outside gets attacked by one creature after the other plus the soil is poor and to get it in proper shape would cost a fortune.
So I bought it and a couple of tomato plants that do not need full sun, some good peat based soil and went to work. So far I am not to impressed , the hole for adding the plants is very small so I had to break apart much of the root growth just to get them in the thing. Then when adding the soil much of it fell out due to the openings for herbs. Not to mention the first watering , water went everywhere not that I filled it to quickly but due to those herb ports.
Now the poor tomato plants are struggling to regain growth and continue to seem unhealthy. I did use some fertilizer in order to help but so far I am not to impressed with this device. Of course it has only been 4 days , so I will hold off a final judgement for now.

UPDATE : So I wanted to give this new thing a chance but I can tell you I am fed up. Every time I water this thing it leaks all over the floor and this time it actually spilled out soil from one of the herb ports , what a mess! The plants themselves are doing so poorly I am going to hope they hang in there long enough to replant them into a pot.
If not I will purchase two more and start over. I am planning on moving some of the living room furniture around to make space in front of the sliding glass door so they can get plenty of sunlight. I am an experienced farmer and grew up planting and growing my own food so I think I am qualified to give a report on this product. Trust Me When I Say DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!! Unless you plan on having it outside and filling every port I see no way it would work at all. And even then I don't feel you will get the results you are looking for. I am happy I didn't spend a fortune on this but am seriously disappointed in it. I would NOT recommend this to anyone. This product gets a serious F!!!


  1. I read similar reviews of the product a few years ago. I have also seen several of these hanging on decks faded and almost torn to pieces. They don't appear to take the sunlight very well either. Have you tried soda bottles?

  2. No I haven't but will look into it , going to check out the link you provided now :)