Tomatoes are good for the health. They are storehouses of vitamins and antioxidants, which helps in preventing diseases and also in boosting the immunity system. A diet, which includes tomatoes, is considered to reduce the risk of prostate diseases and heart diseases. Studies have shown that this red fruit is good for colon and pancreatic health. Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, which helps in the production of collagen, tendons, scar tissues and blood vessels. Tomatoes also help to prevent cell damage as the Vitamin C is also considered an antioxidant, which prevents cell damage by free radicals.
Studies have found that Lycopene, the substance that give tomatoes their ruddy red complexion, help protect the body against several types of disorders as well as prostate, colon, and stomach cancers. Tomatoes are also a good source of Vitamin A, potassium, and iron. To receive the maximum health benefit of tomatoes, it is told to cook tomatoes in some olive oil first. This enables the body to absorb lycopene better.
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Don’t Crowd Seedlings
If you are starting tomatoes from seed, be sure to give the seedlings room to branch out. Close conditions inhibit their growth, so transplant them as soon as they get their first true leaves and move them into 4″ pots about 2 weeks after that.
Provide lots of light
Tomato seedlings will need strong, direct sunlight. Place the young plants only a couple of inches from florescent grow lights. Plant your tomatoes outside in the sunniest part of your vegetable plot.
Put a fan on your seedlings
It seems tomato plants need to move and sway in the breeze, to develop strong stems. Provide a breeze by turning a fan on them for 5-10 minutes twice a day.
Preheat the soil in your garden
Tomatoes love heat. Cover the planting area with black or red plastic a couple of weeks before you intend to plant. Those extra degrees of warmth will translate into earlier tomatoes.
Bury tomato plants deeper than plugs, all the way up to a few top leaves. Tomatoes are able to develop roots all along their stems. You can either dig a deeper hole or simply dig a shallow tunnel and lay the plant sideways. It will straighten up and grow toward the sun.
Remove the Bottom Leaves
Once the tomato plants are about 3′ tall, remove the leaves from the bottom 1′ of stem. These are usually the first leaves to develop fungus problems. They get the least amount of sun and soil born pathogens can be unintentionally splashed up onto them.
Water the Tomato Plants Regularly
Water deeply and regularly while the plants are developing. Irregular watering, (missing a week and trying to make up for it), leads to blossom end rot and cracking. Once the fruit begins to ripen, lessening the water will coax the plant into concentrating its sugars. Don’t withhold water so much that the plants wilt and become stressed or they will drop their blossoms and possibly their fruit.
Getting Them to Set Tomatoes
Determinate type tomatoes tend to set and ripen their fruit all at one time, making a large quantity available when you’re ready to make sauce. You can get indeterminate type tomatoes to set fruit earlier by pinching off the tips of the main stems in early summer.