I miss weeding. These inverted/upside-down, “Topsy Turvy” planters have taken away weeding as an excuse to get outside for some quite time. Basically, I water every other day and add fertilizer every 5 days and that is it. The plants are doing well and the girls love seeing the blooms turn into little peppers and little tomatoes, but in some masochistic way, I do miss getting on my knees and whacking weeds with a hoe. In order to keep my psychological balance, this week I added some plants in the ground. (Click on the Photo for an enlarged view)
Yesterday afternoon I noticed my largest tomato plant had finally inverted. Is anyone else bothered by the stems beginning to look like a towel that has been wring to dry? I am beginning to see more blooms on all of my plants. This is a good thing for my tomatoes and peppers, but my herbs, especially my basil is beginning to show signs of blooming and this is not a good thing. Next year, herbs will be kept seperate from tomatoes. I knew better, but I was planting according to a them for my children’s benefit. Basil goes with tomatoes on the plate better than they go together in a planter.
My pepper planter is doing ok, but not as well as the tomatoes. Already I can see Jalapenas and Cayenne peppers on the plants, but the foliage growth is not as robust as what I see on the tomato plants. Anyone who has had success with these planters, please advise.