Flowers, Hydroponics, No-dig gardening, Pests and diseases, Propagation, Vegetables

Whats so nice about a tomato?

There are around 7,500 tomato varieties. All have different variety of colours and names such as Money makers, Beefsteak, Yellow pear, Black krim etc. They all been used for not just culinary but many other uses such as medicinal properties etc. It is native to Western South America and Central America. They have been known as a “volunteer” plant around the world in many countries because it goes well with many companion plants. Good companion plants such as onions, basil, marigold, nasturtium, borage, chives, sage, garlic, carrots, peppers and calendula. There flowers are yellow and have no smell to it. It one of the plants you don’t have to worry about pollination so much because the wind and bumblebees do the job for you! This what makes it so cool! The leaves are toxic, avoid planting tomatoes nearby eggplants/brinjals and potatoes as there roots release a nematode fungus and the tomato plant is acceptable to transporting the fungus up to the fruit (xylem & phloem) which is toxic to eat and bitter. The fruit is edible, when mature/ripe in summer, add to salads, soups, sauces, drinks, dried or preserved. They battle with their pest and diseases such as aphids, powdery mildew, mealy bugs etc. They grow in well-drained soils such as loam soil. They thrive in all soil types such as acidic, neutral and alkaline. They require moderate pruning when ‘suckers’ appear between the axillary branch and main branch. You can propagate by seedlings or cuttings by placing the suckers in the water until roots appear then simply put them in the soil and will grow eventually.




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