Upside down pepper planter

What Vegetables Can I Grow in a Topsy Turvy

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The Topsy Turvy, an upside-down tomato planter, can grow a range of vegetables beyond tomatoes. “Time” magazine rated the product as one of the picks for the Best Inventions of 2005. This inventive growing container eliminates the need to cage tomato plants, and protects plants from diseases and bugs in soil by growing the plants suspended upside down. Plant vegetable plants as you would a tomato plant, receiving the same results as if growing tomatoes.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers usually require staking or some kind of other support. That need is eliminated when they are grown in the Topsy Turvy. Cucumbers can not be grown from seed in the planter; cucumber plants are ready for planting in the Topsy Turvy when they have at least two leaves. Some varieties best suited for container gardening are Burpless, Liberty, Early Pik, Crispy and Salty.

Peppers

Look for varieties that produce smaller fruit. Larger varieties may break the stems of the plant before they are able to grow to full size. Smaller varieties include Mini Belle, Patio Bell, chili and cayenne.

Lettuce

Lettuce varieties, with their shallow root system, will have plenty of room to grow in the Topsy Turvy. Start lettuce seeds indoors in peat pots. Transplant into the planter when seedlings form. Some varieties to try include Buttercrunch, Romaine, Ruby, Bibb and Salad Bowl.

Eggplant

Eggplant usually must be caged, but not with the Topsy Turvy. Fruits of the eggplant can vary widely in size and shape, so choose a smaller variety such as Florida Market, Long Tom or Black Beauty.

Beans

Both bush and pole beans grow in the container as long as they have access to plenty of sun and water. Beans will grow toward the ground, so plant where they have room to sprawl along the ground. Some varieties to try include Kentucky Wonder, Blue Lake, Greencrop, Topcrop and Contender.

Zucchini

Zucchini is typically grown from seed, so plant it in the Topsy Turvy as seedlings. Fruit can grow very large, but should be harvested when they are small–around 8 inches long–so you don’t too much stress and weight on the plant. Use smaller varieties such as Baby Round or Eight Ball for the best results.

Inverted Pepper Plants: Learn About Growing Peppers Upside Down

I’m pretty sure most of you have seen those green Topsy-Turvy tomato bags. It’s a pretty nifty idea, but what if you wanted to grow pepper plants upside down? It seems to me that an upside down tomato is the same idea as an inverted pepper plant. With the thought of growing peppers upside down, I did a little research on how to grow peppers vertically. Keep reading to find out if and how you can grow peppers upside down.

Can You Grow Peppers Upside Down?

Absolutely, it’s possible to grow inverted pepper plants. Apparently, not every veggie does well upside down, but upside down pepper plants are a go probably because they don’t have really deep roots. And, really, why wouldn’t you try growing peppers upside down?

Upside down gardening is a space saver, lacks pesky weeds, foils pests and fungal disease, doesn’t need staking and, thanks to gravity, delivers water and nutrients easily.

How do you grow peppers vertically? Well,

you can purchase one of those Topsy-Turvy bags or a copycat version, or you can make your own upside down container out of all kinds of things – buckets, cat litter containers, heavy duty plastic trash bags, reusable plastic topes, and the list goes on…

How to Grow Peppers Vertically

The container can be as simple and inexpensive as a repurposed container with a hole through the bottom in which you thread the seedling, a coffee filter or newspaper to keep dirt from falling out of the hole, some lightweight soil and a sturdy twine, wire, chain or even plastic weed eater string. Or, for those engineering, enterprising gardeners, it can be more complex and include pulley systems, built-in water reservoirs and spiffy liners of landscape fabric or coconut fiber.

Buckets are the easiest thing to use, especially if they have lids which will help the upside down planter retain water. If you have a container without a lid, consider it an opportunity to grow something vertically atop the upside down peppers, like herbs that will complement the peppers when they’re ready for harvesting.

As with upside down tomatoes, add about a 2-inch (5 cm.) hole/opening in the bottom portion of the chosen container and use a coffee filter or newspaper to anchor your plant into place (add a slit for easy installation of the plant). Slowly and gently push your pepper plant through the hole so that is hangs out the bottom with the roots inside the container.

You can then begin filling in around the plant roots with potting mix, tamping the soil as you go. Continue filling the container until you reach about an inch (2.5 cm.) or so from its rim. Water thoroughly until it drains out and then hang your inverted pepper plant in a sunny location.

Are You Down

You seem to follow me down
You seem to follow me down
Girl you got a fuse at the end of your heart
So once I light up, I don’t think it will stop
You got a reputation for what you’re not
And I don’t really mind that, mind that
Don’t want to be your man, don’t want to be your daddy
I ain’t your boyfriend; I ain’t your caddy
You got to keep it real if you want to put it on me, on me
It’s getting real dark on the edge of your mind
I’ve never seen a smile so hard to find;
Letting all the alligators waste your time
But, I really don’t mind that, mind that
I want to walk you home at the end of the night
And throw you in the pool ’cause you’re so uptight
I want to fool around ’till your clothes are dry
And I don’t think you’ll mind that, mind that
So let’s break out and fold up the sun
To late to stop it now, here I come
Are you down, want to mess around?
We’ll do it underground, won’t let you down
Are you down, can we mess around, yeah
Are you down? Don’t let me down
So, are you down, are you down, are you?
So don’t cry if you’re lonely, baby girl, come and show me
I don’t mind if you tease me, having fun is so easy
Please don’t lie when you kiss me
Don’t pretend when you’re with me
I know girls can be trixy when they’re down
Are you down, want to mess around?
We’ll do it underground, won’t let you down
Are you down, can we mess around
Are you down? Don’t let me down
So, are you down, are you down, are you?

Pepper – Are You Down Lyrics

  • You seem to follow me down
  • You seem to follow me down
  • Girl you got a fuse at the end of your heart
  • So once I light up, I dont think it will stop
  • You got a reputation for what youre not
  • And I dont really mind that, mind that
  • Dont want to be your man, dont want to be your daddy
  • I aint your boyfriend, I aint your caddy
  • You got to keep it real if you want to put it on me, on me
  • So light those candles over me
  • She never wears her, never wears her underwear
  • (Chorus:)
  • Are you down, want to mess around?
  • Well do it underground, wont let you down, hey
  • Are you down, can we mess around
  • Are you down? Dont let me down
  • So, are you down, are you down, are you?
  • Its getting real dark on the edge of your mind
  • Ive never seen a smile so hard to find
  • Letting all the alligators waste your time
  • But, I really dont mind that, mind that
  • I want to walk you home at the end of the night
  • And throw you in the pool cause youre so uptight
  • I want to fool around till your clothes are dry
  • And I dont think youll mind that, mind that
  • So lets break out and fold up the sun
  • To late to stop it now, here I come
  • (Chorus)
  • So dont cry if youre lonely, baby girl, come and show me
  • I dont mind if you tease me, having fun is so easy
  • Please dont lie when you kiss me
  • Dont pretend when youre with me
  • I know girls can be trixy when theyre down
  • (Chorus)
  • You seem to follow me down,
    You seem to follow me down,
    Girl you got a fuse at the end of your heart,
    So once I light up, I donít think it will stop,
    You got a reputation for what youíre not,
    And I donít really mind that, mind that.
    Donít want to be your man, donít want to be your daddy
    I ainít your boyfriend; I ainít your caddy.
    You got to keep it real if you want to put it on me, on me.
    Itís getting real dark on the edge of your mind,
    Iíve never seen a smile so hard to find;
    Letting all the alligators waste your time,
    But, I really donít mind that, mind that.
    I want to walk you home at the end of the night,
    And throw you in the pool ëcause youíre so uptight.
    I want to fool around ëtill your clothes are dry,
    And I donít think youíll mind that, mind that.
    So letís break out and fold up the sun,
    To late to stop it now, here I come.
    Are you down, want to mess around?
    Weíll do it underground, wonít let you down,
    Are you down, can we mess around, yeah,
    Are you down? Donít let me down,
    So, are you down, are you down, are you?
    So donít cry if youíre lonely, baby girl, come and show me,
    I donít mind if you tease me, having fun is so easy.
    Please donít lie when you kiss me,
    Donít pretend when youíre with me,
    I know girls can be trixy when theyíre down.
    Are you down, want to mess around?
    Weíll do it underground, wonít let you down,
    Are you down, can we mess around,
    Are you down? Donít let me down,
    So, are you down, are you down, are you?

    Is the Topsy-Turvy a good way to grow cannabis?

    The topsy-turvy is a growing system that is meant to suspend the plant upside down. Though the idea is novel for tomatoes, it hasn’t been proven to make them grow any faster.

    Growing Cannabis with the Topsy Turvy

    The largest problem you’ll run into while growing cannabis in the topsy turvy is that the device is meant for vined plants with hanging fruits. Tomato plants will fall to the ground unless they have something to grab onto. Cannabis makes a strong main stem and can stand itself up.

    Topsy Turvy is Made for Tomatoes, Which Hang Down

    Unlike Cannabis Which Has Thick Stems and Always Points Itself Up


    pic by kentsnjcnto

    So instead of growing down in the topsy turvy, it’ll grow back up, leaving you with a lot of bare stem. This video is one of the best examples of the topsy turvy I’ve seen.

    However, as you can see, it takes up just as much space as a regulat pot, this one drips, and the yields aren’t nearly impressive enough to warrant the trouble.

    Conclusion: Topsy Turvy is NOT a Good Choice For Growing Weed!

    Overall, I would say the Topsy Turvy is not a good choice to grow cannabis, especially if the purpose is to get better yields. There’s not even much evidence that it improves yields with tomatos!

    Top 10 biggest mistakes made by cannabis growers

    Cannabis, like most herbal plants is generally a simple and easy plant to grow, and experienced growers have learned to provide the best environment for their plants, and to not overwork them. Here are tips on how to avoid the eight most common mistakes that cannabis growers make.

    KEEP IT PRIVATE

    Growing herb is a private endeavor that should be conducted in a “need to know basis.” Once the grower shares their secret, it can open a Pandora’s Box of unnecessary drama.

    Remember, growing herb is a two to three month endeavor, and a commitment to finish the project that begins with the sowing of that seed. The best way to protect the crop and oneself is to just keep it private.

    START WITH PREMIUM SEED

    Planting unknown seeds will bring unknown results. While it may be a fun experiment to grow a few seeds from a particularly tasty bud, it’s best to know exactly what one is investing their time, energy, and resources into.

    Royal Queen seeds are meticulously prepared to produce a dependable crop of the highest quality herb. Royal Queen seeds are feminized and 99.9% guaranteed to produce female plants with hearty buds. They come with detailed instructions for growing each particular seed strain according to the requirements of its genetic heritage.

    Growers who work with Royal Queen seeds know exactly what to expect in terms of THC and CBD contents and can plan their crop to prepare for the height and aromas of their chosen varieties. They know the length of time that it will take for their crop to sprout, flower, and when to harvest.

    This knowledge is essential for the grower, who can plan their crop with confidence, knowing where to plant taller and longer growing strains as well as shorter and quicker crops. If the plants will produce a “skunky” aroma in the garden, they will require more protection, with filtering systems for indoor settings and thoughtful placement in an outdoor setting.

    TOUCH/KILL DANGER

    It’s best to start the seeds in their growing medium as opposed to sprouting them with paper towels that will require moving the tender seedlings into their medium.

    SEEDS VS CLONES/CUTTING

    Propagated plants put the grower at risk of introducing pests and diseases into their crop, and should be used with caution.

    TIMING THE GROWTH CYCLE

    Sowing the seeds in the first week of June provides the plants the perfect amount of time to complete their growing cycle in the least amount of time while producing the maximum harvest. After the summer solstice, the days start becoming shorter. This induces the plants to move into their flowering and budding stages without unnecessary excessive height growth. Indoor growing environments should mimic this example.

    GROWING CULTURE

    Cannabis plants are arid drought-resistant plants that require good air circulation, good drainage and suffer from too much water and food. In outdoor situations, sandy loam soil is optimal. They should be watered when the top two to three inches of soil are dry. A well-constructed hydroponic system will be less inclined to over-watering, as they are designed to provide good drainage. These plants grow best in full sun with temperatures between 24-27 degrees, and humidity of 30-70%.

    FEEDING THE PLANTS

    Organically grown cannabis plants taste and burn better, but time-released fertilizer is acceptable. Start with a 25% dilution and gradually increase the potency of the food. If the leaves curl or show other signs of malformation, flood the plants and spray the leaves with water.

    HARVEST

    Once the pistils start turning from white to brown, the grower can start picking them. Resist the temptation to harvest the plant until the pistils are mostly brown. Hang the plants upside down in a dark room with good air circulation until the stems are completely dry, then pick the buds, and begin the curing process.

    Would a tree work/grow if it was planted upside down?

    Wow. Thanks! So I worked through your response and I looked up a bunch things on the internets. I appreciate the use of descriptive and specific words. I haven’t studied botany and learning these words will help me understand the entire process.

    I’ll try and boil this down into something I can tell my friend who also didn’t study botany.

    The quick answer is yes, it should work. Plants have these special cells called meristems. Meristems are like stem cells – they can grow into many different specific kinds of plant cells. Tree roots and tips of tree limbs are heavy with these cells. There is even a layer of these cells just under the bark. As the tree grows, these cells turn into specific cells with a more specific function. Sometimes, under the right circumstances, these meristem cells can be redirected to turn into something completely different than they were originally destined to be. That’s why willow cuttings spring roots from the bark when submerged in water. Using this same concept, limbs will indeed root if the bark is wet. The same thing happens to meristem cells in the root ball. Given the right conditions, the cells that have not yet converted to root cells can be urged to convert to leaf and twig cells. Xylem tubes are the parts of plants that move water and nutrients up and down the tree. They are a network of very thin tubes that connect to tiny valves in the leaves and stems of the plant called stoma. Stoma are sort of like tiny breathing holes that suck in Carbon Dioxide and push out Oxygen. This, combined with internal pressures of the tubes causes the movement. The meristems will convert to new growth of the appropriate type – the bottom cells will become water sucking roots, top cells will become leaves and stems with stoma and the upside-down circle of life will still go round and round. Bob’s your uncle – now get the chainsaw, the log loader, the backhoe and 5 yards of compost. Let’s flip this mother!

    Had to look up a few words…

    stoma – any of the minute pores in the epidermis of the leaf or stem of a plant, forming a slit of variable width that allows movement of gases in and out of the intercellular spaces.

    xylem – the vascular tissue in plants that conducts water and dissolved nutrients upward from the root and also helps to form the woody element in the stem.

    undifferentiated – Having no special structure or function; primitive; embryonic.

    Meristematic cells give rise to various organs of the plant and keep the plant growing. The shoot apical meristem (SAM) gives rise to organs like the leaves and flowers, while the root apical meristem (RAM) provides the meristematic cells for the future root growth.

    Citations: undifferentiated. The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary. (2007). Retrieved May 12 2015 from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/undifferentiated

    meristem. Retrieved May 12 2015 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meristem

    stoma – Retrieved May 12, 2015 from http://www.google.com/search?q=define+stoma

    xylem – Retrieved May 12, 2015 from http://www.google.com/search?q=define+xylem

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