they are much cheaper in price, sometimes half the price of the Topsy Turvy Planters making them a good buy if you are on a budget or if you just want to try things out for a single growing season.
With that being said I found the Handy Trends Strawberry Planter to be fairly easy to use. It still had the same problems, notably no plastic ring to hold it upright and the plastic top doesn’t come off which normally makes it harder to add the plants, but in this case all was well. I added a couple inches of soil to the bottom of the planter which solved the problem of the upside down planter staying upright, and because strawberry plants are so small and their root balls so compact, (at least when being removed from those little six-pack containers), I was able to put them in from the outside with no problems.
I do like this planter better than the Handy Trends Tomato Planter that I reviewed earlier.
Granted, it may not have the same quality as the Topsy Turvy Planters, but it seems serviceable and the price is good. Of course, the real proof is in how long it lasts. If it can make it through three growing seasons then it is a better buy, but if it’s done after one than it’s not worth the lower price. Guess we’ll find out next year! =) For now though, if you find it on sale at your local CVS, Rite-Aid, Big Lots, or what have you – you might want to pick it up and give it a try!