Tomatoes: Apples Of Love

 


Article by: Gwen Stewart

Native to the Andean region of South American and under cultivation in Peru in the sixteenth century, tomatoes , Selecting Your Gardening Tools (Lycopersicum esculentum) have been grown for thousands of years. The Spanish introduced them to the European cultures. Europeans were not open to trying tomatoes , A Beginners Guide To Garden Bridges until the end of the sixteenth century, as tomatoes, , Tips for a Bulb-o-licious Garden being part of the nightshade family, were considered poisonous. Later, the French tried them and began to call , Choosing A Landscaping Firm them "pommes d'amour"Âť, apples of love. They felt that tomatoes , Organic Gardening - The Pros And Cons carried aphrodisiac qualities. It wasn't until the 1900's when the tomato , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area gained popularity in North America.

Scientific research shows the health benefits from this tasty fruit. , Creating A Balcony Garden Oasis In recent years, researchers discovered that tomatoes , Dogs and Gardens: 10 Tips for Enjoying Your Dog and Your Garden Too were natural , Preaparing Your Plants For Winter sources of the element lycopene. This antioxidant has been shown in tests to dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease , You Can't Beat Perennials For Glorious Color All Season Long and many cancers, including prostate and colon cancers. Tomatoes , For The Most Luxurious Dining Outdoors: Ready Or Not, Outdoor Kitchens Are Here! are an excellent source of phytochemicals, nutrients, fiber, and contain practically no fat or sodium. They are significant sources of vitamins A, B, and C and a source of iron and potassium. In fact, one medium-sized tomato , Affordable Landscaping to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home provides 20 percent of the daily-recommended value of vitamin A and 40 percent of the daily-recommended value of vitamin C.

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Tomatoes are very easy to grow , Gardens: They are Fragrant, Breathtaking— the Perfect Idea for More Outdoor Decor from seed. , Making a Garden Pond With a Pond Liner In all, there are more than 100 types of tomatoes , Landscaping, An American Pass Time to choose from. Though most people believe ripe tomatoes , Setting Up A Goldfish Pond are red, they actually come in many colours, , What to Feed Your Fish During Colder Winter Months including green, , Improve Your Yard and Garden With an ATV Plow yellow, purple -- even striped. Unless you grow , Poly Tarps For Home and Garden: More Than Meets The Eye your own, you will not have the opportunity to experience the many varieties. If you don't have the time, buy tomato plants , Creating A Balcony Garden Oasis from garden , Indoor ing With Foliage Plants centres. Look for different varieties as they are becoming more readily available from growers.

Six to eight weeks before transplanting, start tomato seeds , Organic Gardening - The Pros And Cons by filling a seedling flat , Your Rose Garden Planting with a good quality seedling mixture. Use an excellent quality potting soil , You Can't Beat Perennials For Glorious Color All Season Long from the garden , Avoid Common ing Errors centre to make sure the soil , Water Gardens That Upset The Neighbours is sterilized and has a high percentage of sphagnum peat moss and perlite. Don't use garden , Creating Woodland s soil, as it tends to become hard and inhibits proper rooting of seedlings, and it may contain insects, disease, , Preaparing Your Plants For Winter weed , The Old Faithful - Case Tractors seeds, or chemical residue.

Sow seeds , Controlling Aphids no deeper than the thickness of the seed: sprinkle the seeds , A Beginners Guide To Garden Bridges onto the soil-filled flat , Beware of Toxic Mulch and press them down gently. Cover the seeds , Mulch Your Spring Bulbs In The Fall For A Beautiful Spring Display with a thin layer of fine, horticultural-grade vermiculite to prevent drying. Water , Teak Outdoor Furniture just enough to moisten the soil , What to Feed Your Fish During Colder Winter Months with a fine mist spray such as the sprayer on the kitchen , You Can't Beat Perennials For Glorious Color All Season Long sink or a mister bottle. Keep the seeds , Growing Tomatoes – A Hobby for Everyone evenly moist to ensure the mixture never dries out as both germinating seeds , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 11) What Is pH? and seedlings are very intolerant of dry soil , Forever & Ever Double Pink Hydrangea and will die if they are dry for even a short time. Cover the flat , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area or pot , Wildlife in Winter Ponds with plastic , Creating Woodland Gardens wrap or a clear plastic , Gardens: They are Fragrant, Breathtaking— the Perfect Idea for More Outdoor Decor bag. Remove the plastic , Organic Gardening as soon as seedlings emerge.

Tag each container with the date planted and the tomato , Lawn and Garden Care - Simple Tips For Success variety. To promote rapid germination, place , Gardening Vertically: Fad, Emerging Frontier or Long-Overlooked Art Form the flat , Sampler of Rare Fruits for Fun or Profit on a heated table, top of the refrigerator, or a heat , Avoid Common Gardening Errors register. Once they germinate and seedlings begin to appear, move them from the heat , The Coliseum Is One Of The Best Complete Hydroponic Systems On The Market source into a location , Setting Up A Goldfish Pond with lots of light. , Creating Woodland Gardens They need very high light , Gardens: They are Fragrant, Breathtaking— the Perfect Idea for More Outdoor Decor levels to grow , Sampler of Rare Fruits for Fun or Profit properly: a south-facing window , Choosing Fish for the Garden Pond without blinds or curtains is ideal. Use grow lights , Making a Garden Pond With a Pond Liner to enhance growth. Hang the lights , Affordable Landscaping to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home 6 inches (15 cm) from plants , The Most Popular Flower Fragrances and leave lights , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area on for 14 hours a day.

Transplant the seedlings into larger, individual containers once the first 'true' leaves appear. After transplanting, fertilise once a week with a plant-starter fertilizer such as 10-52-10 at Ă‚ÂĽ strength. As an organic , Timely Tips for Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter gardener, I do not use commercial fertilizer, only fish , Gardening Vertically: Fad, Emerging Frontier or Long-Overlooked Art Form fertilizer on my transplants. They are strong, healthy , Start Planning for Your Backyard Water Garden or Pond plants and are fed weekly until moved outdoors. , Choosing A Landscaping Firm Harden-off and plant , Beware of Toxic Mulch them very deeply where the stems will develop roots , Making a Garden Pond With a Pond Liner helping the plant , For The Most Luxurious Dining Outdoors: Ready Or Not, Outdoor Kitchens Are Here! become established.

Tomatoes are heavy feeders and need ample quantities of compost , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 11) What Is pH? or decomposed manure. Mulch and water , Tips for a Bulb-o-licious Garden in dry weather , Affordable Landscaping to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home to maintain soil , Sampler of Rare Fruits for Fun or Profit moisture and stave off wilt disease , The Most Popular Flower Fragrances and blossom-end rot. Blossom-end rot is caused by water , Hammock Stands - How to Hang a Hammock if There Are No Trees Around stress or calcium deficiency. Watering regularly and evenly is the key to preventing blossom-end rot. Never water , Dogs and Gardens: 10 Tips for Enjoying Your Dog and Your Garden Too tomatoes from the top. Water , Choosing A Landscaping Firm tomatoes from below and water , A Beginners Guide To Garden Bridges deeply.

In the garden, , What to Feed Your Fish During Colder Winter Months tomatoes , Gardening Vertically: Fad, Emerging Frontier or Long-Overlooked Art Form are compatible with chives, onion, parsley, marigold, nasturtium, and carrot. Tomatoes , What to Feed Your Fish During Colder Winter Months and all members of the Brassica family repel each other and should be kept apart. Plant , Tip-top Trailing s for Containers garlic between tomato plants , Why Patio Benches are a Great Place to Relax and Enjoy to protect them from red spider mites. Tomatoes , Affordable Landscaping to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home will protect roses , Teak Outdoor Furniture against black spot. To make a spray for roses, , Timely Tips for Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter place , Start Planning for Your Backyard Water Garden or Pond tomato leaves in your vegetable , Teak Outdoor Furniture juicer, add 4 or 5 pints of water , Avoid Common Gardening Errors and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Strain and spray on roses , You Can't Beat Perennials For Glorious Color All Season Long when it is not convenient to plant , Water Gardens That Upset The Neighbours tomatoes as companions. Label and keep any unused spray in the refrigerator.

In the kitchen, , Beware of Toxic Mulch tomatoes , Orchids Plus More Newsletter - December, 2004 can be used for salads, , Your Rose Garden Planting soups, juices, sauces, stews, baked dishes, sandwiches, stuffed, grilled, broiled, pasta dishes, and salsa. They combine well with meat, fish, , Growing Tomatoes – A Hobby for Everyone poultry, pasta, rice, as well as other vegetables. , Landscaping, An American Pass Time Store tomatoes , Dogs and Gardens: 10 Tips for Enjoying Your Dog and Your Garden Too at room , Forever & Ever Double Pink Hydrangea temperature. To ripen green , Orchids Plus More Newsletter - December, 2004 tomatoes, place , Organic Gardening in a brown paper bag with an apple at room , Tips for Buying Plants Online temperature for several days. If fresh tomatoes , Dogs and Gardens: 10 Tips for Enjoying Your Dog and Your Garden Too aren't available, use canned tomatoes , Selecting Your Gardening Tools or canned tomato , 5 Things To Consider Before Purchasing a Push Reel Mower juice, which are fine substitutes.
Gwen Nyhus Stewart, B.S.W., M.G., H.T., is an educator, freelance writer, garden , Your Rose Planting consultant, and author of the book The Healing Garden: A Place , Sampler of Rare Fruits for Fun or Profit Of Peace - Gardening , Indoor With Foliage Plants For The Soil, , Controlling Aphids Gardening , Indoor With Foliage Plants For The Soul and booklet Non-toxic Alternatives For Everyday Cleaning And Gardening , Preaparing Your Plants For Winter Chores. She owns the website Gwen's Healing Garden , You Can't Beat Perennials For Glorious Color All Season Long where you will find lots of free information , 'Northern Encore' Tree Rose about gardening , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area for the soil , Your Rose Garden Planting and gardening , Forever & Ever Double Pink Hydrangea for the soul. To find out more about the book and subscribe to her free Newsletter visit http://www.gwenshealinggarden.ca Gwen Nyhus Stewart © 2004 - 2006. All rights reserved.

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