Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Update on Topsy Turvy Plantings

Well here it is almost the end of May and the plants have really been growing. The plantings in the Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree have 17 blooms on them. Well, they aren't really flowering yet, but the buds are there. :)

I didn't get any pictures of the buds, but once they open up I will definitely be showing them to you then. LOL

Here's some pictures of the plantings.


As you can see, the plants are now well above the top of the tomato tree. Once they start producing fruit, the plants will then start laying over and hanging down.

Here's a picture of the regular Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter.


These plants finally have emerged from underneath the planter and should begin to really start growing faster. At least I hope so. There are three plants in this planter and none of them have any buds yet. Soon though. :)

And the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter is doing well too. The plants are really growing and have started producing some small strawberries. I do hope they produce larger berries than they have thus far because it will definitely take a bunch of them to make anything with.

Here's the latest picture of the Strawberry Planter


As you can see, the strawberry plants are doing very well. There are 17 plants in the planter, even though there are 15 holes in it. The instructions mentioned putting 2 plants in each hole, but that was going to be quite expensive. And really, I didn't want to do that until I had "tested" it. LOL

I do expect to have a bunch of fruit from all these plantings in the Topsy Turvy Planters and am really looking forward to eating them. :) Frozen Strawberry Jam is my FAVORITE!!!!! Next is blackberry jam, but those might be quite hard to grow in one of these kind of planters. Oh I guess I could plant some blackberry bushes in the back yard, but I'm sure I would have to have a bunch of them in order to get a decent harvest. Oh well, perhaps in the future we will do that.

Check back next week for an update and new pictures. I'm sure the buds will have opened up by then. :)


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Update on Topsy Turvy Plantings

Well it’s been a bit over two weeks since I planted our tomato plants in the Topsy Turvy containers and they are doing well. They do have a bit of early blight or septoria on the leaves, so it looks like I’m going to have to get some fungicide to get rid of it. If only we hadn’t had so much rain lately! LOL

Ah well, what can you do? Hopefully it won’t affect the fruit. :)

Here’s a picture of the Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree. Notice how much the plants have grown since being planted.


And here’s a close-up shot of the Tomato Tree bag.


And here’s a close-up of the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter.


And if you’ve been reading the posts, you know that we have been expecting a Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter as well. Guess what. It arrived yesterday!! WOOHOO!!! I couldn’t believe it when I opened it and took a look at it. The thing has 15 holes in it to plant strawberry plants!!! 15 HOLES!!! And they suggest putting 2 plants per hole! That’s a total of 30 plants!! YIKES!!! That can get expensive. Just to give you an example, I purchased some strawberry plants yesterday afternoon and they cost $3.86 a pot! Luckily there were a few that had more than one plant in them. :) But think about it, if you were to buy 30 plants at $3.86 each that would be $115.80!!!! But, then again, strawberry plants are 3 - 5 year perrenials, so over the long run it might not be too bad. For now though, we have 16 or 17 plants in the thing. Below is a picture of the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter.


I am looking forward to making some frozen strawberry preserves too. Yum-yum!!! Or as they used to say on the Campbell’s Soup commercials, M-Mmm Good!!!

I’ll post some more pictures next week so remember to come back. OR, click on the RSS link below and subscribe to the RSS feed from the blog so you’ll know when there’s a new post.

Hope you’re having a GREAT DAY!!!


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree

Last year the tomato plants I tried growing upside down ended up dying and we finally figured out why. It was a dumb mistake on my part basically. When I planted them last year I used topsoil for the dirt, which was completely wrong. Never use topsoil in a container as it tends to hold the water and will end up drowning your plants. Geez, that was stupid of me

This year though, we purchased a Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree & a Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter. We're also awaiting our Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter which should arrive sometime next week. But this time I used potting soil, which is what I should have used last year. Don't know what I was thinking when I used topsoil in that 5-gallon bucket. LOL

In the instructions for planting, it mentions planting 2 plants per hole (there's 3 planting holes in the bag), so we planted 6 plants in this bag. We had initially purchased a small tray of 9 tomato plants, and I probably could have planted all 9 in the Tomato Tree bag, but decided to purchase an additional Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter to plant the remaining 3 plants. It's hanging from the clothesline pole you see behind the Tomato Tree.

Here's a picture of the Tomato Planter:

I planted these tomato plants on April 28, 2009 and I'll be updating the progress of the plants every Saturday throughout the growing season, so come back often to see just how well the plants are doing.

Below you can see a more recent picture of the Tomato Tree. That picture was taken on May 4th, only 6 days after planting and you can definitely see that the plants are growing very well.

As I mentioned earlier, we're still waiting for the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter. I'll have pictures of it once it arrives and we've planted it full of strawberry plants (I'm expecting to be able to plant 6 - 12 strawberry plants in it)

Cya in a few days!