Things You Probably Don’t Know About Tomatoes

A famous British journalist, Miles Kington, once wrote a quote regarding tomatoes.  He wrote, “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad”.  This is an interesting quote that he developed because it is accurate that a tomato really is a fruit.  In fact, it is what botanists call a “true fruit”.  The definition of a “true fruit” is a fruit whose tissues are completely developed from the ripened ovary of the plant.  Other examples of true fruits include raspberries, oranges, and blueberries.  Below are twenty-five other fascinating facts about tomatoes that may interest and surprise you.

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Easy Tomato Recipes

Tomatoes are such a popular and diverse fruit (although some people think that it is a vegetable), and there are so many recipes that contain tomatoes, that it is difficult to narrow down favorite recipe choices.  Tomatoes are used in spicy dishes, savory meals, and even beverages.  They can be enjoyed at any time of the day.  They can be fresh, canned, or jarred.  Tomatoes can be served hot, cold, whole, chopped, pureed, sliced, and many other ways, too.  Tomatoes are really an amazing food.  Below are just a few recipes that include tomatoes.  You may find one, or more, of these appealing to you, or you will have no trouble finding other recipes that involve tomatoes either online or in countless cookbooks. 

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Growing Tomatoes in Raised Beds

Planting a vegetable garden can be a very rewarding activity, but it does take some careful planning and execution.  If you have decided to plant a garden, then one type that you may want to consider is planting a garden in a raised bed.  Many different vegetables will thrive in raised beds, and tomatoes will prove to be one of the hardiest plants to have in your garden.

Once you have made the decision to create a raised bed for your tomato plants, then the next step is to pick the location within your yard that will receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight, and which types of materials you plan to use to outline your raised bed.  There are several types of materials to choose from, including; wood, plastic, stone blocks, or bricks.  For some professional assistance, you could contact the best masonry contractors Nashville has to offer.

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How to Prevent Lawn Fungus

It may surprise you that a huge number of lawns have some type of fungus or disease.  This problem has nothing to do with you doing something wrong or anything you should be embarrassed about, however, it is important to diagnose the issue and treat your lawn in order to prevent a massive takeover of the disease. 

A variety of factors can provoke an onset of lawn fungus or disease, according to the experts at Mighty Green Lawn Care in Alabama.  (www.mightygreen.comSome of these factors are:

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The Importance of Fertilizing

Whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice, you probably have a hope that your trees, shrubs, and flowers are all healthy and beautiful.  If you spend any time outdoors tending to your lawn, in the form of mowing, trimming, or removing weeds, then you know that in order to have healthy grass, it takes a little bit of effort.  The same can be true for healthy trees, shrubs, and plants.  One procedure that should not be overlooked in order to maintain a beautiful landscape is fertilizing.

Fertilizing your trees, shrubs, and flowers will help encourage growth and will aid in the vitality of the plant.  Perhaps think of fertilizer as the “food” that your plants or grasses need so they can thrive and prosper.  If we only provide them with water, then they will lack important nutrients that they need to flourish.

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Summer Gardening Tips

Summer is right around the corner with its warm weather and long, leisurely days.  Many people plan to work more outdoors, taking care of their lawns and planting in their gardens.  If you are a gardener with massive plans or if you just plan to tinker around a bit in your garden, we have some gardening tips for you that you may find interesting.  We have divided our tips up in to four major categories: preparation, planting, maintaining, and reaping the rewards. 

Preparation     

The first thing that is a very important step to producing a prosperous garden is to do a little preparation.  Whether you are thinking about a flower garden or a vegetable garden, you must first prepare the space that you plan to place your plants.  If you have a flower bed, some plant containers, or part of your entire yard that you plan to use for your garden, you must first clear out any old plants that are still present in the area, and you should prepare the dirt.  If there is an abundance of old, dried out, or insect ridden dirt, you should remove as much dirt as you can and replace it with nutrient-enriched dirt.  It is also important to check for proper drainage systems in the garden space that you are preparing.

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Grow Your Own Tomatoes

Are you as much of a fan of the fabulous taste of a good tomato as we are?  There are so many ways to enjoy a yummy tomato, such as: sliced tomatoes on a hamburger or sandwich, sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella cheese and basil for an appetizer, or mixing fresh tomatoes in some of your favorite recipes, like spaghetti sauce or chili.  Homegrown tomatoes are the best and can be easy to grow with a minimal amount of effort.

There is a wide range of tomato varieties.  Decide which type or types you would like to grow, based on your culinary preferences.  Visit your local nursery to see which plants are healthy and will thrive in the environment you have to offer. 

Tomatoes are available in an assortment of shapes and sizes.  Small tomatoes, such as the “Sweet 100” or “Tiny Tim”, are wonderful choices for salads or just to pop in your mouth for a nice snack.  If you are more interested in tomatoes that are suitable for sandwiches, larger choices like the “Big Boy” or the “Beefeater” are your best bet.  Some of these plump types can weigh between 1-2 pounds.  The best varieties to use for canning or mixing in sauces is a medium sized tomato, such as the “Roma” or the “San Marzano”.

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The Tomato Festival

Welcome to our new website, the Alabama Tomato Festival!  We attended a tomato festival in Slocomb, AL several years ago and were amazed by how many other people love tomatoes as much as we do!  The festival was full of entertainment, crafts, kids activities, recipe contests, and food…all centered around the tomato plant!  There was even a Ms. Tomato pageant.

We decided to create this website to provide information about gardening, lawn care, and plants because that’s what we spend all of our free time working on.  While the Alabama Tomato Festival may be held on just one day a year, we want to celebrate tomatoes and other plants all year long!  Feel free to contact us with questions, suggestions, or comments about what you’d like to read about!

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If you’re new to gardening or are interested in growing your own tomato plants, here’s a video showing you how to grow your own from seeds: