Two years ago I came across what I hoped would be a great solution for growing vegetables on my patio – the “as seen on TV” Topsy Turvy tomato planter. These are available on Amazon and at Canadian Tire, but I got mine for a couple dollars at the Dollarama.
I was hesitant at first, but stuck a green-house grown tomato plant in each and started watering. And they grew – quite well!
Unfortunately, due to aggressive PEI winds, most of our tomatoes were thrown from the plants well before they could ripen. In hindsight, we should have picked them the moment they were large enough.
The planters required constant watering to keep the potting soil from drying in the summer heat. The dry soil lead to significant leaking. Also, as the plants grew to be over a meter in height, they need to be hung at a height that makes it difficult to water. I would drag a chair outside every day and prepare to get drizzled as the wind and leaky water sprayed me… not really ideal. The bags were not reusable and degraded quickly from their plants’ weight.
But they do work – tomato plants grow surprisingly well upside down and are pretty easy to maintain. I prefer to grow them naturally, pruning often, but if you’re interested in trying out the alternative, then you might also be interested in these Pinterest posts: