Our first official one arrived this year on July 24.
In early America the Indians feared these red fruits were poisonous so they did not grow them. But Thomas Jefferson, a smart inventive farmer, planted tomatoes and served them at his dinner parties. Thus others began to grow tomatoes.
The fruit is nutritious and low in calories. One tomato can provide 57 percent of your daily need for vitamin C. They come in all sizes (cherry and beefsteak), shapes (pear and round) and several colors (red, yellow, purple and green).
For the best yield you should plant in rich (compost added) and well-drained soil in a sunny plot.
Tomatoes will need a shot of fertilizer after the fruit appears and another fertilization about four weeks after you begin harvesting produce. If you fertilize too soon, you will have many stems with beautiful foliage but not many tomatoes. Give the plant as much sunshine as possible. Never plant tomatoes near a walnut tree or near where one was cut down years ago because the toxicity in the soil will kill the plants.
Tomatoes need 1 to 1.5 inches of rain or water from the hose weekly. When you harvest your tomatoes, place them in a warm – not hot – shady spot; never refrigerate them.
“Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes.”
– Author unknown.