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I had excellent success withI had excellent success with my topsy turvy's this year. I bought seven and hung them in a wooden frame I made from 4x4's, with the bottom of the planters being about 8 feet off the ground (my wife says it looks like a row of planters hanging from a gallows...). In their current location, they get about 7 hours of direct sunlight per day. I had initially purchased several shepherd hooks, but I immediately learned that my freshly prepared planters were far too heavy for them. I then put two double hooks together with a brace and that still didn't hold a single planter. Also, three of my plants became so large that, had the hooks been strong enough, half of the plant would be dragging on the ground. Five of the seven held tomatoes (1 Cherry, 2 Roma, 2 Globe-type), one held peppers (sweet banana, hungarian wax, and low heat jalapenos), and the last one held strawberries. My soil for each of the planters was the same: a combination of fertilizer, good dirt, perlite (to help with drainage), and miracle grow potting soil. I then added bone meal once the plants started to flower. Once the plants begin to grow, they will curl upward. This is normal. As the plant begins to grow, gravity and the mass of the plant will do their thing and the plant will straighten out. The topsy turvy's have some huge benefits (no weeding, no steaking, I had no need to support the plant, etc). And, I don't have to stoop over to pick or prune. Another benefit was pest reduction. I did lose one Roma early to a nasty, huge worm, but I let the plant come back and it is now producing again. In all, I had far fewer pest problems with the turvys than I did with my raised bed planted tomatoes. The only draw back I experienced is that they need watered DAILY, and when the weather is hot an additional watering may be necessary. I was initially concerned about over-watering, but I quickly learned that more water was necessary. Also, we had a lot of rain this year, but the topsy turvy's didn't seem to capture rain as well as I would have liked. I grew up in the desert, but the topsy turvys did not exist then. I would still use them, but would have some sort of temporary shade available should you have too many hot days in a row. My best producer was my cherry tomato plant; 437 delicious tomatoes weighing just under 7 lbs, and I will be picking a bunch more in a few days. I also picked 102 Romas and about 20 lbs of globes. I was very pleased with the peppers, but the strawberry plants were a total bust. I live in the northern midwest, so our growing season does not traditionally begin until mid-may and it usually ends in September, so my plants may not have been as prolific as plants grown in warmer climes. Good Luck!

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