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Friday, March 5, 2010

Fun Friday The Letter T: Topsy Turvy Tomatoes

Today is Fun Friday, at my Blogging For Fun group. We are working on an A-Z meme, and are up to the letter T. I am going to talk about tomatoes. I love tomatoes, and this is the time of year, when I start thinking about growing some. Those of you who have been with me for a while, know that my thumb is not very green at all. Last year I did better. I got one cucumber, maybe six tomatoes, and whole host of peppers. I bought one of these Topsy Turvey's last year. I was not optimistic at all. I did not put tomatoes in it, because I had already planted my tomatoes. Instead, I put a pepper plant in it. As I said, I had tons of peppers. I do have to say though, I might have given them too much sun, and could have gotten way more, if I respected their need for less sunlight. This year I am buying two more of these clever devices. I will put tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers in the three of them. These keep your plants off the ground, and not as easy for bugs to get, and eat them. I don't know who came up with this concept, but I love it. Here is hoping my thumb is ten times greener this year, than last year. I might even try putting hydrangeas in another, to see if it works.

I think we all know tomatoes are good for us. But in case you don't here are some reasons to eat your tomatoes.

1- Tomatoes contain Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, that is well known for fighting off cancer.
2- There are tests being done that show tomatoes may help fight heart disease, and high cholesterol as well.
3- They are low in calories, and fat, making them a great addition to any diet.

Tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable, because they have seeds. They are versatile in the ways you can prepare, and cook them. I love a nice tomato sandwich, with just a little mayo, and salt and pepper. Or try cutting them up in a bowl, add some onions, cook and crush in some bacon, add mayo, and you have a cool refreshing summer salad. It is like a BLT without the bread, it is delicious. My mother calls this salad Grandma Snows salad. I make it all the time, in the summer.


Anne said...

I have a total black thumb, but I have always wanted to be able to grow things. I may have to check that out. I want to grow vegetables so bad and I can use all the help I can get.

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Melissa said...

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ruthi said...

Oh I'm glad that it's almost winter. Can't wait for hubby to get the garden ready for our vegetables and yes, tomatoes will always be on top of the list.

Leomar said...

Oh, I also love tomatoes. I wish I have the time and the space to grow some... I used to plant vegetables in our backyard when I was still a kid and I missed those days...

Kristy said...

I am going to get some of these this year. I didn't try them last year because I didn't think they would work. I am excited about gardening now!

Ebie said...

I love tomatoes in my salad! I do not have a green thumb, so I am not planning to do some gardening.

The topsy-turvy tomatoes is so interesting, love the video.

Melissa said...

Even with a black thumb, the topsy turvey will grow nice tomatoes, and you can hang it from a porch, or balcony. Thanks to all of you who stopped by, and left me a comment.

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