It has been two weeks since we planted the patio planter and already we are seeing blooms and some fruit setting. You can see from the below images how sturdy the plant stems are. Since the potting soil had fertilizer already in it, I have not added any fertilizer to supplement the original. However, I soon will as I have been told this type of system uses a great deal of fertilizer. The kids are excited about seeing the tiny fruit where the vegetables have begun to fruit and they also are watching the blooms go from flowers to fruit when pollination occurs.
The photos below are from the plantings done one week ago. We planted the original version Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter with two Atkinson plants and the Topsy Turvy Pepper Planter with Poblano, Anaheim, Serrano, Cowhorn, and a Bell Pepper plant along with a Tomatilla Plant. As you can see the growth has started, but the plants are no where near the size of those that were planted 14 days ago. The Bell Pepper plant has already set a few fruit and the Tomatillo is blooming already.
For more family gardening post check these out Family Gardening Update Week Three , Begin a Family Garden, Waiting on the Peppers and Tomatoes to Ripen, and The Great Pumpkin and the IBEW Strike of 1966.