Monday, June 8, 2009

Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter Review

The Topsy Turvy upside-down tomato hanging planter: the answer to all your tomato growing problems or an overpriced paper lantern?

Yes, I purchased the Topsy Turvy, not just because I have a thing for "As Seen on TV" products, but also because I've had a tomato-red devil of a time getting those buggers to grow in my shady yard. I needed something that I could set wherever, and that wasn't too wide, as I don't have many patches of sunlight.

On opening the box, I was surprised and a bit worried to see there weren't any paper directions inside. Just the incredibly simple instructions, "Put the plant in the bottom, soil in the top, and you're done!"

There was, however, a paper sheet of tomato recipes. OK. That's nice, but still.

So, all right, you put the plant in upside down, I figured, so the leaves and stem are poking out the hole in the bottom.

You have to be careful threading the fragile stem and leaves through that hole. And there was a white round spongy thing covering the hole that I wasn't sure what to do with. were you supposed to thread the leaves thru it?

I left it out, and now the plant is in place, with soil on top. We'll see how it grows.

Watch this space for the tantalizing results.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

InStyler: Will It Live up to the Hype?

I've just ordered the trial version of "The Instyler," a rotating hot iron with an attached brush. Purported to be the greatest thing since frizz-free sliced bread, it's supposed to make your however frizzy hair smooth and shiny.

This skeptic will believe it when she sees it..but if it works as well as the RevoStyler, which I used to love until it broke, it should be pretty great, actually.