Happy Tomato Day!

If you need a reason to celebrate, then you’ll be happy to know that tomorrow (April 6th) is National Fresh Tomato Day! Tomatoes are a delicious fruit loaded with lycopene, vitamin C, and other healthy antioxidants. What better way to enjoy the day than by trying one of these delicious varieties.

BRANDYWINE. This is one you have to taste! It’s a very flavorful heirloom tomato that is a beautiful pinkish rosy color. Matures in 80-100 days.

PATIO PRINCESS.
A small and tasty fruit that matures in 70 days and bears 2 to 4 ounce fruits. Perfect for container gardens.

SUN GOLD CHERRY TOMATO
. A small orange cherry tomato that is loaded with taste. Matures in 55- 58 days. Perfect for a sweet treat!

HOME-GROWN. Nothing is better than a homegrown tomato so try planting your own in an easy container garden. A deck, patio or any space that gets at least 6 hours of sunshine will work. Here are some tips to get you started.

  1. Determinate varieties may be easier to grow. Smaller, compact fruit works well but if you want a larger variety try Husky Gold Hybrid or Patio Hybrid. For cherry tomatoes, try Tiny Tim or Yellow Canary.
  2. Water them well! Container tomatoes take more water. Make sure the pots have drainage holes at the bottom. Water until you see water coming out of the drain holes and never let plants sit in water.
  3. Choose containers that will fit with the variety you are planting. Most would do well in a 5 gallon pot. Clay pots may crack easier so plastic or wood like cedar, redwood or cypress would be better options. Also, tomato growing bags that are made out of a breathable fabric is another option that is more eco-friendly.
  4. Use a good potting mix verses just potting soil. It will drain better.

For more information on planting tomatoes and additional varieties visit www.tomatodirt.com.

With an estimated 25,000 varieties, there’s a lot to try! So be sure to give thanks to the tomato for all of its tasty goodness and health benefits.

– True Health Clinical Health Consultant Allyson Mullis RCEP, CEP

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