Switcheroo: Upside-down Gardening

Americans vulnerable to the strange magic of infomercials have no doubt been tempted by Topsy Turvy planters and their promises of bountiful, low-maintenance yields. Well, turns out they're not the only people turning gardening upside down.

Last week, the New York Times ran a story on the rise of upside-down planters, and the gardeners who love them:

Shawn Verrall, a Microsoft software tester who blogs about gardening at Cheapvegetablegardener.com. Mr. Verrall turned to upside-down gardening last summer as an experiment.

“I put one tomato plant in the ground and one upside down, and the one in the ground died,” he said. The other tomato did so well, he planted a jalapeño upside down, too, and it was more prolific than the one he had in the ground. “The plants seem to stay healthier upside down if you water them enough, and it’s a great way to go if you have limited space,” he said.