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This Summer, Tomatoes Can Help You Absorb Those Few Extra Antioxidants…………

Posted by Sachin Nandwana on

The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising. Summer is the best time to enjoy fresh and juicy tomatoes .Tomato is not only an ideal vegetable to have in diet but also is an excellent plant to grow in your garden.

Health benefits: Tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes to health benefits. Tomatoes of all colors deliver large amounts of vitamins A and C. A medium tomato, for example, is low in carbohydrates and has only has 35 calories but gives you 40% of the vitamin C and 20% of the vitamin A you need for the day. If you are planning to slim down, this veggie is a must on your list. Tomatoes have other benefits, too. Consuming a diet rich in tomatoes has been shown to decrease the risk of cancer. This is because tomatoes and processed tomato products have high levels of a nutrient called lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene may prevent as well as treat several types of cancer.

 

Research suggests it also may help prevent the LDL "bad" cholesterol in the bloodstream from being converted to oxidize LDL that can form plaques in arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks.

It is easy to grow,refreshing to harvest and adds accent to your garden with bright red fruits with our simple to use iGrow kit. All you need to do is follow these 5 simple steps and 1sft of area in a sunny spot to harvest your fresh tomatoes.

 

Easy steps to grow tomatoes:

  1. Soak the tomato seeds overnight and sow it in the moist seed trays. Always make sure there is enough moisture for seeds to absorb and grow.
  2. After 25-30 days from seed sowing, tomatoes saplings are ready to be transplanted in your garden. Carefully pop out the sapling from the tray and transplant in the planter box.
  3. Nutrient management: Spray the plants with Kranti on a fortnightly basis and alternate with Multiplex falcon , once you start observing the flowers. An alternate, fortnightly application of compost will prove beneficial to plants growth.
  4. Prune the older leaves regularly not only avoids pest but also reaps you a good harvest.
  5. Aphids, Mealy  bugs, Blight, blossom end rot are few of the common pests & diseases observed with tomato plants. A pro-active spray of Garlic extract or herbal extract on a weekly basis can avoid most of the pests. 

 

 

You can start to enjoy the harvest by around 135 -150 days depending on the variety you choose from.

Tip : Never over feed the tomato plant with organic manure having lots of  N(Nitrogen).  It will result in lush foliage of leaves with no flowers and fruit.

Basil is an excellent companion plant to grow with tomatoes.


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