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Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 2:32 PM


I know I could have PM'ed her with this question but I thought others might like to know how those upside-down tomato kits that are advertised on TV worked out.So, I'm asking one the sites red hot tomatoes, how are your tomatoes? Hope they didn't get frost bite

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 2:37 PM

Glad you asked. All of the tomatoes are in my greenhouse, even the upside down one. The tomatoes in the ground are out of control and wild. The tomato in the upside down hanging thing is pretty close to the same size as when I bought it (maybe 12 inches) and hasn't done much. It is a bust. The other tomato plants, all the same kinds and bought at the same time, are about hip-high.

Needless to say, I'm quite disappointed with the Topsy Turvy tomato planter. I'm so disappointed with the "As Seen on TV" item that I'm rethinking buying a Slanket or a Snuggie.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 4:46 PM

Well, if you haven't got enough I'm just about to put my fifth dozen jars of stewed tomatoes through the pressure cooker & there's almost that many more left to ripen. Come on over & I'll load you up, I'm bleeding sick of tomatoes

For those interested in growing tomatoes, my are Big Beef plants, 48 of them. We are growing them in raised beds with well rotted cow manure for fertilizer. The beds are located in a lento style frame covered by plastic, to protect them from blight & to provide extra warmth. The one drawback of these is that each Spring you have to replace the soil but we just disperse it amongst the rest of the garden or use it in my flower pots. Good thing my hubby has a strong back & I own a horse whip

Swiper  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 875)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 5:06 PM

Hey Randy, Hey Lodi. My cousin brought my Mom a "Topsy Turvy" tomato plant from Vermont over the 4th and she's starting to get some tomatos now. I've seen a couple hanging from people's porches that aren't doing much of anything, but the vine that grew out of my mother's plant was wild & very strong. There's ONE that worked out.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 6:27 PM

We got an extremely late summer here so I'm just now getting green tomatoes. I'm sure it will freeze before they get ripe.

Story of my life.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 6:36 PM

I'm so jealous that I bet you can feel it through your cables. I love tomatoes and used to be able to grow them well. But somehow when I hit ......years old the ability just went POOF!

By the end of the week I'll have my 5th tomato ready to pull off the vine. The other 4 were good. But 2 a month is a diet I can't stick to!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 6:54 PM

48 PLANTS! WOW! I am happy with the one cherry and 4 not cherry tomatoes we have!

Virtus  (Level: 170.8 - Posts: 2493)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 8:13 PM

I had an upside down tomato planter about 3 summers ago. It was a bust! This year I have 4 in the ground and 1 in a container garden (right side up) and they are all doing about the same. Good luck. Beware AS SEEN ON TV

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 8:19 PM

Tomatoes are a bust for the most part this year in south central IN. Too cool, too much rain, not enough humidity. On the other hand, the beans, melons, and corn have been spectacular!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 8:42 PM

We just delivered a basket full to our son. Gave some to neighbors yesterday and still have plenty growing from three plants. Never get tired of eating them (Better Boy) right off the vine.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 9:43 PM

Lodi if your tomatoes have even a hint of yellow or pink on them, just pick them & store them in the dark. I imagine the coolest corner of your garage would be good, as long as they can't freeze. If you have some beer or pop flats they work well. Keep them one layer thick & cover with newspaper, they'll finish ripening in a couple of days & the flavour will still be better than bought ones. I also have a few cherry tomatoes in pots for a quick snack while wandering around outside, some are yellow pear shaped ones, not sure of the name, that are so sweet they almost taste like grapes.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 19th Aug '09 9:45 PM

oooo, I might have planted some yellow ones this year. I don't know. I plant a lot of tomatoes that never ripen so who knows what's out there. I think I'll go visit them right now and give them a pep talk.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 20th Aug '09 12:09 AM

Too wet then too dry and too hot in there somewhere. My Arkansas Traveler has produced 2 small tomatoes. Yes, 2! I have one tiny one on there now, but it's not getting any bigger or pinker. Oh well, maybe next year. And I'll be back to Big Boys, too.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 20th Aug '09 12:32 AM

So far out of the entire greenhouse, we have harvested one cucumber.

I'm glad we're saving money by growing our own vegetables.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Sat, 22nd Aug '09 10:25 PM

Lodi I meant to say something the other day and forgot. But on Tomatoes and any plant, sprinkle a Tlb.spoon, of Epsom salt per foot of your plant,and then water it till it dissolves,do this once a week. I had Tomatoes the size of soft balls. If you would like to see it,I put a pic. on my profile.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 22nd Aug '09 10:42 PM

Wow! Is it too late in the season to do that?

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3348)
Sat, 22nd Aug '09 11:07 PM

I only have right-side up ones. I planted the same variety I had last year - last year they were fabulous, this year, not so much. I have very little sun, and have to grow them in pots, since my maximum sun is on a patio. Of course, it has rained just about every day this summer - and the tomatoes taste mealy, and decidedly not-tomatoey. Herbs are doing great - basil, rosemary, parsley - but not tomatoes.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 7:56 AM

I'd try it,it might still work,I know it works great for me, on all the plants.

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1580)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 1:47 PM

Everything I plant dies. The man next door is an agronomist for Rutger's University and keeps us stocked on summer vegetables. I'm very lucky.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3844)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 6:51 PM

I found the round trellis things that support the plant increase output. The plant spends less energy on bearing the weight of the tomatoes, and can then increase its own yield.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 8:32 PM

We have those on all but one. I was also taught that once your plant flowers, go snap off all the branches that do not have any buds so that the plant will not waste growth on those branches that do not produce.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 8:33 PM

See, this is why I am addicted to that stupid Farmville game on Facebook.

I can't kill anything I plant there!

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Sun, 23rd Aug '09 8:36 PM

LOL! Janice! Me to, I love that game!

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 7:15 AM

Never mind her upside down tomatoes, what about her melons.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 12:36 PM

Over-ripe and sagging on the vine.

Koota  (Level: 189.1 - Posts: 2120)
Fri, 28th Aug '09 2:05 PM

Re: epsom salts in the garden. This is really surprising.

Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Fri, 28th Aug '09 2:53 PM

I have to admit that I too was tempted by their sales pitch logic. Sure, I thought, the water flows straight to the tomato. It makes sense.

Now hearing that it's less than ideal, it makes me do a little rethinking. Perhaps tomato plants aren't designed to grow upside down and there's something more going on. Perhaps it's not like sticking a water balloon on a faucet after all.


Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Fri, 28th Aug '09 3:06 PM

It works for me Katy,and I put it on everything. I put some on my butternut squash,LOL! and some of them got 15 inches long!

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