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Tomatoes that can provide you with unique health benefits. Skin , eye sight improvement and glowing skin benefits. Let's explore a few of the reasons why they are such a valuable food item for human health.

Is there anything better than a fully ripe tomato eaten while it's still warm from the garden? The health benefits of tomatoes have been known to mankind since ancient times .Tomatoes are also an excellent source vitamin C and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin A , vitamin E .If you haven't planted them yet, learn how to grow tomatoes from seed and when to plant tomatoes with our post.

Prepare your garden :-

You want to use well-drained soil with a good amount of organic matter present.
* Consider mixing compost into the soil to improve drainage. You can also mix in leaf mold .
* To use compost remove no more than half of the soil and mix the removed soil with an equal ratio of compost Mix the compost with soil mixture back into the planting area.

Fertilize the plants :-
You can fertilize the plants with dry compost , cow manure, or any organic fertilizer. Then, water the plants thoroughly. You will need to repeat the fertilizing process each month.
Tomatoes grow best when planted in soil with well sunny and wet ground .

Water directly on the soil, not on the leaves. Prune off the non-fruiting branches and it will direct plant's energy into growing bigger, better fruit.

PLANTING :-
Select a site with full sun and well-drained soil. VERY important that your site receives at least 6 hours of sun.
Two weeks before transplanting seedlings outdoors, till soil to about 1 foot and mix in aged manure, compost, or fertilizer.
Harden off transplants for a week before moving outdoors.
Establish tomato stakes or cages in the soil at the time of planting. Staking keeps developing tomato fruit off the ground, while caging let's the plant hold itself upright or Place stakes or supporting rods next to the plants. This will give the plants a support to latch onto as they grow and makes it easier to pick the fruit from the vines. Be careful not to disturb the roots.

Pluck suckers off of your plants. If you want to promote better growth and a higher fruit yield, pluck the suckers off of your tomato plant using your fingers when they appear. Suckers grow in the crotch between a side stem and the main stalk.
Harvest the fruit at its peak . Fruit should appear about 60 days after transplanting. Check the plants daily once they begin to ripen to ensure peak flavor. Gently twist the fruits and avoid pulling at the vine.


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How to control aphids on your tomato plants?
Make a mix of water (1 cup), white vinegar (1/3 cup) and a little bit of dish soap (1/2 teaspoon). Spray the affected areas (under the leaves normally or around the joints), repeating this for a couple of days, always after watering the plant. You can also squish by hand if you're not squeamish.
Be patient with it because all plants need to take their time to grow.
When watering the tomatoes, make sure you do not wet the leaves, add water to the ground and don't pour it over the plant.
Plant seedlings two feet apart.
* Pinch off a few of the lower branches on transplants, and plant the root ball deep enough so that the remaining lowest leaves are just above the surface of the soil.
* Water well to reduce shock to the roots.

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How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots
Crisp, juicy tomatoes are a favorite among many container gardeners. Tomatoes require large pots to grow in and usually need the support of a tomato cage or other staking system in order to reach their full potential. such as bug netting and shade cloth, Anyone who is not put off by these extra steps can be rewarded with big and best tomatoes.

Obtain a healthy tomato plant. Most varieties can be grown in pots, but larger tomatoes will need larger containers. �Use a large pot with drainage holes. Most tomato plants need to be planted large pot in order to have adequate room to develop.�clay pots may look nice, but a pot this large will get very heavy and you will not be able to move it without some strain. As a result, plastic pots with drainage holes and saucers may work best. �Scrub your pot clean. This step is crucial if your pot once held another plant, since it may have left bacteria and insect eggs behind.

At minimum, you should wash the pot out with hot water and soap.

Now Prepare your potting mix. Never use garden soil, which may contain harmful pests and bacteria that can damage tomatoes, which are susceptible to disease. An all-purpose potting soil provides an excellent base, but you can also mix it with equal parts of compost .�

Mix fertilizers into the soil. You can use a commercial fertilizer safe for vegetables, or you can mix in organic fertilizing components.Feed stores that sell food for livestock may also carry a few organic components, like kelp meal.

Now Fill your pot 1/3 full with potting mix.you should cover the bottom 6 to 8 inches with soil.Place the tomato plant in the container. Push the stem of the plant into the existing soil, just enough to give it a base of support.Continue adding soil around the plant.Pack the soil around the stem of the tomato plant as you go, making sure that it remains securely fixed in the pot and does not wiggle around. By the time you finish, about half of the stem should be beneath the soil.Give the tomato plant a thorough watering. Soak it with water once, and then wait another 10 minutes before soaking it again. The soil should be completely saturated, soaking the root, as well.

* After soaking it so thoroughly, your tomato plant may not need additional watering for an entire week. Set the pot out in a sunny location.Your tomatoes need at least six hours of sun per day in order to grow and eventually produce fruit.

Fill the rest of the pot with soil as your plant continues to grow. Trim the leaves from the stem before adding more of the planting medium, packing it around the stem as before. By filling the pot in with soil as the tomato plant grows, you help the plant build its root mass.Insert a tomato cage once the pot is filled with soil. Carefully push the legs of the cage into the soil, Pushing down too recklessly can damage the roots.

Continue giving your tomatoes plenty of sunlight , keep an eye out for garden pests.within 60 to 80 days you will be able to Harvest your tomatoes one by one, once they develop their red color. The fruits should almost be completely red, with only trace amounts of green remaining.

Ripe tomatoes can be plucked or snipped off their branches.

Tomatoes For your skin
How to Treat Oily Skin with Tomatoes :-
Tomatoes are great for the skin, as they have cooling and astringent properties. They are rich in vitamin C, which can eliminate acne and brighten dull skin. Tomatoes also contain vitamin A, which is needed for healthy skin. It is naturally acidic, so it helps balance the skin and get rid of excessive oil. There are also many antioxidants in tomatoes .

Make your own Face Mask
Cut a tomato in half.�Rub the tomato halves on your skin. Take the two halves of the tomato you have cut and rub them liberally on the affected areas of your face. Lightly squeeze the tomato halves as you are rubbing them on your face, �Let the juice sit. Allow your skin to soak in the juice for at least 15 minutes, so that it saturates into the pores. If necessary, repeat the rubbing process to get more tomato juice on your face.
* Feel free to allow the tomato juice to sit on your face longer. It will not damage your skin in any way.�Rinse your skin. Rinse the tomato juice off with cool or cold water. Cold water closes skin pores and helps keep bacteria from spreading. It also seals in moisture. After rinsing, pat your skin dry with a towel.
* You can use this treatment two to three times a week.�Add honey. To make the tomato mask thicker, stir some honey in with the tomato juice in a bowl and apply this mixture to your face. Honey is a natural moisturizer with anti-bacterial properties, which are needed to eliminate the bacteria that causes acne.
* Honey is not only great for your skin, it helps hold the tomato mask in place without dripping and making a mess of your house.
Tomatoes In salads :- Homegrown tomatoes make fast, tasty salads if you slice them thinly. Use at least two colors for a salad any one would love it .
* For an eye-catching gourmet salad, thinly slice three different colored tomatoes, arrange slices on a bed of leaf lettuce, strew with freshly sliced basil and crumbles of Feta cheese and drizzle with olive oil and wine vinegar.


Here is your home made tomato sauce - try it

Ingredients:-
* 5 large tomatoes
* ¾ teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 tablespoon tomato paste
* 1 garlic clove, halved
* 1 basil sprig
1. Cut tomatoes in half horizontally. Squeeze out the seeds and discard, if you wish. Press the cut side of tomato against the large holes of a box grater and grate tomato flesh into a bowl. Discard skins. You should have about 4 cups.
2. Put tomato pulp in a low wide saucepan over high heat. Add salt, olive oil, tomato paste, garlic, basil and Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a brisk simmer.
3. Reduce the sauce by almost half, stirring occasionally, to produce about 2 1/2 cups medium-thick sauce, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and adjust salt. It will keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator or may be frozen.

Happy growing

Shaminaz Deen
Author: Shaminaz Deen

Shaminaz is a home gardener. She gorws her own chilies, capsicums, mangoes and even roses. Cinnamon and black pepper.

She uses all natural ingredients to protect her plants from snails and bugs.

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