We family members got to try out a Topsy Turvy Tomato planter. It is really easy to assemble and really easy to use. Well, except for this one little detail (no where on the packaging, instructions nor website do they tell you the height you should hang it from!) it was really easy to assemble and use.
I really wanted to wait to post this until our tomatoes were showing quite nicely and looking all awesome like the website photos but I realized yesterday, if I wait that long, the contest (and summer) will be basically over and whoever wins their Topsy Turvy from This Mama won’t really be able to use it until next year!!
So- this is SO easy to use. Really user friendly. Busy read the instructions although I think we could have flown by the seat of our pants and been ok. The little spongey thing that helps anchor the plant maybe would have thrown me off… ok, it would have for sure…
Once you have your Topsy Turvy you need to have: a seedling (tomato, in this case- we chose a Roma Plum because we like to grow ingredients to make our own salsa), some fertilizer (we did not do this, we simply amended the soil we got with some of our compost) and some soil- we use organic fruit/vegetable soil of some sort- 18 quarts of it I believe is what is recommended.
That is the sum total of my photos for this review. I am happy to report that the bigger kids helped me assemble (read: they mixed the compost into the soil and then used sandbox shovels to fill in the planter itself). Not only was it easy, but we had a lot of fun doing it. When I was poking around the website for things to share with you all, I saw that they have a tomato and herb planter too. I want one for next year. More room in the garden if we don’t need a whole cedar barrel for my few herbs I grow!!
Really, how cool? Especially if you are short on space!!
Now, there are some neat things about Topsy Turvy that you maybe haven’t thought about :
Grow Delicious & Juicy Tomatoes All Season Long
Hangs on Deck, Balcony or Patio
Eliminates Weeding, Caging and Staking
Grow Organic Too
Swivel top for easy turning
Simple to set up and maintain
Uses ordinary potting soil
Great for growing your own organic vegetables
As I write this, we have about 7-8 little nickel sized tomatoes on our plant now. A little secret added bonus I am going to share with you about watering the Topsy Turvy- because its up high, if you accidentally spray someone standing nearby, well, you can’t be faulted. I’m just saying…
That’s about it for our review. Fun and easy to assemble, and super easy to care for (add water). Now we wait to harvest our crop and enjoy some yummy salsa!!
I have no doubt this is what mine will look (maybe sort of) like in a few weeks:
Below is the press release and information pertaining to the contest Topsy Turvy is running:
** CALLING ALL GARDENERS: TOPSY TURVY PHOTO CONTEST TO HONOR BEST PLANT OF THE SEASONHAWTHORNE, NY (May 27, 2010) – Gardening season is in full swing and Allstar Products Group (http://www.allstarproductsgroup.com/) has issued a call to gardeners
across the nation to show off their lush, bountiful Topsy Turvy®
plants. By using innovative upside down growing technology, Topsy
Turvy® planters make it easy for anyone to garden, and now the brand
is on the hunt to locate the cream of the tomato, strawberry or hot pepper
“The Money Grows on Topsy Turvy® Contest” asks Topsy Turvy® gardeners to submit photos of their fully bloomed planters for the chance to win $500 and possibly be featured in a Topsy Turvy®
television commercial. But this contest is not reserved for only those with
green thumbs. Topsy Turvy® planters make gardening easy – even for
those without the time or yard space needed for a typical in-ground garden.
The Topsy Turvy® patented Grow Bag technology is the key to making gardening accessible for anyone – especially the growing population of urban and container gardeners. Ample yard space is no longer a
factor when growing fruits and vegetables at home.
“Topsy Turvy owners have been sharing their gardening successes and excitement with us since the product became available,” said Bob Gaines, Director of Marketing for Allstar Products Group. “We decided to have some fun with it and see what our gardeners – and Topsy Turvy – can do when put to the
To enter the contest, running through September 1, 2010, visit http://www.topsygardening.com/ to fill out the online entry form and upload your best Topsy Turvy® photo. Entries will be judged using the following criteria: size of the plant, color of the plant, and a written entry describing why you love your Topsy
Topsy Turvy® planters are available to purchase at major retailers nationwide such as Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Home Depot, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.
For more information on how to enter the contest and the official rules, visit www.topsygardening.com.
About Allstar Products Group
Allstar Products Group, a leading consumer products company, has revolutionized today’s consumer experience with the introduction of brands such as Snuggie® Blanket with Sleeves, Topsy Turvy® Planters,
Bendaroos® Building Sticks, Perfect Brownie™ Pan Set, Emery Cat™
Board and Bumpits™ Hair Inserts, among others. Recognized in 2009 as “Marketer
of the Year” by the Direct Response Marketing Association, Allstar Products
Group has created some of the most successful and original direct-response
campaigns in DRTV history. The company’s products have attracted millions of
consumers and are available in the U.S. and internationally through a variety of
distribution channels, including direct response television, internet and retail
stores. For more information, visit http://www.allstarproductsgroup.com/.
One of YOU will be trying a Topsy Turvy planter at home!!
To win, please head to the Topsy Turvy site and tell me something, anything you learned- a new product you want to try, a tip to get a better crop yield- a silly fact- anything!! But if you do NOT do this your other entries are null and void, so please, visit the site!!
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This giveaway will end July 9th at 11:59PM CST. Winner to be selected using Random.org.doesn’t respond within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. US only. GOOD LUCK!!
I was provided a sample of this product to facilitate my review but all opinions expressed within are my own.