The Naked Truth about Tomatoes
Hello and thanks, for stopping by. In this article, we will be looking at the naked truth about the tomato plant, even though we may not cover all that pertains to tomatoes there are some cool facts that we will discover.
Believe it or not, tomatoes are fruits, I know you are surprised I was too when I found this out many years ago. Tomatoes are a popular fruit and are used worldwide
in salads, steamed, baked, broiled foods, omelets, rice, add them to grill foods, and even on sandwiches. You can pick them, wash them and eat them just as they are. Where would the famous ketchup be without tomatoes if there is one thing I know for sure many people love to use ketchup on their fries and burgers. The world is a much better place because of these fruits or at least I think, what do you think?
Growing a tomato plant
Before we talk about how to grow a tomato plant there are so many varieties. Trying to remember them all would have your head spinning, not really, but there are sure a lot of them. Here are just a few names to ease your curiosity.
1. Green Zebra 5. Carmello
2. Sunrise Bumblebee 6. Cherry
3. Sun Gold 7. Valencia
4. Black Zebra 8. Early Girl
Again these are just a few of the many tomatoes that are grown worldwide. Don’t you just love them I know that I do.
Some of these tomatoes have different requirements or conditions in which to grow. I live in Nassau which is an Island within the Bahamas chain of Islands.
We have sunny days almost year-round, talk about a garden paradise. It is a tropical island and very beautiful with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. In fact, one of the islands that are known as Harbor island believed it or not has PINK sand, miles, and miles of pink sand.
Tourists travel from around the world just to walk and play even build sandcastles with this pink sand and that is very unique.
The soil should be a nice rich organic soil, place the soil in a plastic or grower’s pot. The size of the grower’s pot should be anywhere from 2-3 gallons. Next, gently moisten the soil to settle it then add your seeds by gently pressing them into the soil.
Give seeds enough space for each one to germinate. Then add another layer of soil on top of the seeds. within a few weeks, seeds will germinate and upspring your tomato plants.
Prepare your garden area for where you want them to be planted. Make sure that the soil is well cultivated and organic-rich. It is also a good idea to install stakes that are about 6-8 inches in diameter or plant them near a fenced area because tomatoes are vines and they tend to climb, this also makes an organized garden and will support your fruit on the vine.
Once the plants reach anywhere from 6-8 inches gently remove each one from the pot. be very careful not to damage roots or stems, don’t plant seedlings too deeply, only the roots of the plant should be below ground, the stem from the base of plants should be above ground.
Keep soil moist not waterlogged, as your plants mature they will produce flowers. In order to increase fruit production and to allow fruits to ripen remove side shoots and restrict each plant to 5 trusses
Then stop the plant by removing growing tips. A few more weeks and your plants will be ready for harvest as they turn that beautiful rich color.
The tomato plant exposed
The Vitamin content includes Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, phosphorus manganese, molybdenum, copper, niacin, folate, antioxidants, beta-carotene, and biotin.
Here are some benefits of a diet that is rich in tomatoes.
1. Tomatoes have antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals.
2. Helps to prevent gallstones.
3. Aids in heart health.
4. Helps to improve vision.
5. Helps to promote good digestion.
6. Helps to fight hypertension.
7. Aids in the fight against cancer.
8. Strengths your bones.
9. Promotes beautiful skin.
10. Helps with kidney health.
11. Aids in weight loss.
12. Has been known to lower blood pressure.
13. Aids in good bowel movement.
These a just some of the benefits of the tomato plant.
The final word
Tomatoes are an excellent choice to add to your diet because of all the benefits they contain, why not include this fruit in your diet and live a healthier and happier life? Now let’s get started on that garden.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.