By Kira Hamman
Bored with your usual run-of-the-mill tomato plants?
Never fear — the powerful forces of capitalism have conspired to bring you new, different ones!
Do they really produce tomatoes? Who cares? They’re cool!
The upside-down tomato garden hit the scene a couple of years ago. Billed as a planter that “takes the toil out of tomatoes,” this bizarre-looking thing will fit on your balcony and, in theory, provide you with gobs of (upside-down, presumably) tomatoes. Wait, doesn’t a regular pot fit on a balcony?
Oh, sorry, am I being cynical?
Another version of the upside-down tomato is the Topsy Turvy tomato planter, which unfortunately can’t hold the weight of all those tomatoes and had to be recalled for tipping over unexpectedly. Wow, those plain old pots are looking better and better.
Then there’s the as-seen-on-TV Giant Tree Tomato, which allegedly grows to be 8 feet tall (not unusual for a tomato, in my experience) and consistently produces 2-pound tomatoes. Do they taste good? No one says. But you’ll get 60 pounds per plant!
Has anyone tried any of these things? If so, tell us about it! I’m prepared to be swayed…