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Tomatoes Galore for $3.98

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 by in nutrition | 2 comments

Three months ago I bought a couple packs of tomato seeds for $3.98.

I planted the seeds in trays of soil and then placed them in a window that faced the sun. Two weeks later, when they had sprouted to two inches tall, I transferred the seedlings to my garden.

I was able to produce one hundred tomato plants from those two packs of seeds. (I gave twenty-five of them away.) Not a bad investment for less than four bucks!

Right now, the cherry tomatoes are ripening. I had this many last week too.

In about two more weeks the big tomatoes will be ready for harvesting. A friend and I will be canning sauce and salsa.

Tomatoes are full of lycopene.

Lycopene gives them that bright red color called carotene; they are loaded with micronutrients and phytochemicals. (God’s gifts to us to keep our bodies disease-free.)

Lycopene lowers bad cholesterol and even protects against skin damage and skin cancer!

And, don’t just eat them raw all the time. Cooked tomatoes make the lycopene more absorbable.

It doesn’t take much space to grow tomatoes. I have an elderly friend in her 80s who lives in an apartment. She grows them in pots on her patio.

There’s nothing more delicious than eating a freshly picked tomato straight off the vine!

What kind of vegetable(s) are you growing this summer?

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. My tomatoes are doing well this year, too; we’ve also been enjoying cantaloupe and watermelon, and my everbearing strawberries are still giving fruit. My squash plants are done (squash bugs are awful where we live). My husband accidentally mowed my onion bed, mowing after dark. Good thing my garlic is in a raised bed so it’s safe! I treat garlic as a perennial, harvesting a head as needed throughout the year. My greens are pretty bug-eaten this time of year but still usable.

    • Linda, I can “see” your garden in my mind’s eye and it’s beautiful!

      I’ve never grown garlic; I’ll have to try it. You can harvest them year round? Would you please elaborate on growing garlic — any tips you’ve learned?

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