Topsy Turvy -- is it worth it? Gardening help needed

@Debs_place (10525)
United States
April 1, 2009 9:42pm CST
I am sure that by now most of us have seen the Topsy Turvy commercials -- you know the thing that grows tomato plants upside down? Well here is my question-- Have you tried it? Does it work? What about the strawberry thing? Last year the deer turned our fenced garden into a bedroom-- we got virtually nothing out of it. We had a critter who burrowed under a 2 car garage to get into the garden? Any gardening suggestions??
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I am wondering if we are not dealing with genetic modification to have delicious, but not natural source of food... I am just guessing. I just start my organic green house, I want to make sure my tomatoes are healthy for me and my friends... HUGS
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
2 Apr 09
No, this is a new growing system with regular tomato plants.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Apr 09
yes, but regular plants are growing up, not down...I am just wondering how those plants are able to grow down...
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I have never used it myself, but I have heard that it works good.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
2 Apr 09
DId you hear this from people or the infomercial?
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
3 Apr 09
My mom had a friend who had plants that way.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I haven't personally tried the upside-down tomato plant but my stepmom did her own home-made version (with a plastic bucket with a hole in it). As far as I know it worked out ok. In response to the previous post, the tomatoes aren't genetically altered to grow upside down- they're just placed into a pot that suspends them that way so that the roots grow upward into the container and the plant hangs down. I do plan to try it, since I also live in an apartment and would love to have some tomatoes, but I need the plant to be out of reach of my cats.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
2 Apr 09
Your step mom sounds pretty ingenious!
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
2 Apr 09
Plant a tomato bush in a pot and put it on your patio or near your house somewhere. It will grow fine without you having to pay for an expensive topsy-turvy thing that you don't need. Strawberries will grow beautifully in hanging pots. This keeps them off the ground away from critters. Just remember to water them. Plants in pots dry out more quickly than plants in the ground.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
2 Apr 09
The deer walk right by the house down the driveway...they don't care about proximity. I can sit by my back door and take pictures if I want. They rule my property.
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
3 Apr 09
I paid for tin sheet fencing around my property. It keeps my dogs in, provides me with privacy so people can't see into my yard, keeps my vegetables growing nicely - and keeps the deer out.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I haven't tried the Topsy Turvy thing, but one way to discourage critters from thinking of your garden as their buffet is to make a hot pepper spray. I grow my own Habanero peppers and boil them to make the spray but, before they're ready, I buy a large bottle of hot sauce (anything made with cayenne or similar hot peppers), dilute it a bit with water and spray it on my plants. One taste of that hot pepper spray and those critters will leave... fast! BUT, you have to reapply it each time it rains. I find that a lot easier to deal with than the loss of all my hard work. As for the burrowing critters, the only thing I can suggest, assuming these would be root-gobbling critters, is to dig down about 8 to 10 inches around your garden and line it with fine-meshed wire fencing. I use 1/4" fencing... even moles can't get past that! I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it really is worth it. Once that wire mesh is in the ground, you won't have to worry about it ever again, unless you want to expand your garden. The pepper spray works, too! It won't harm your plants but just one taste of it has those critters running for more welcoming gardens! I'm planning a MUCH larger garden this year so I'll have some work to do. Luckily, I have extra sets of strong muscles to help. Good luck!
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
2 Apr 09
We did try tabasco ...but there were times when we had an evening rain..and by next morning....the critters had feasted.
@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I haven't tried it,but I want too. I think that there would be better bug control. I am more concerned about the deer that seem to have taken over your property. I don't know if you've tried this, but coyote urine has worked for some. It's amazing that they are so tame in your area. Might also put up a wind chime to keep constant noise to keep them spooked off. What is the critter that is under ground? Is this a mole? We've got those and trying to flush out the tunnels doesn't work. I finally threw some rat poison down one and that seemed to do the trick.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I haven't seen commercials, but we have grown tomatoes upside down. This didn't work for us, we forgot to water. We pipe the water from our washer to our garden. But I know people that swear by it. Regarding the deer, I would just keep putting the fence up and stay out there, run them off. They will eventually get the hint. We face off with rabbits!