Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tomatoes are Thriving, Google is a disappointment, Gardening is Wonderful

Saturday, last day of May 2008.

Posted some good stats today over at the number one Tomato Forum,

Two 2 of my Heirloom Stupice variety have total of 26 set fruit on first level, with great Blossom on second level.

These and the Early Girls were planted March 22, 2008. the Early Girl, 9 plants , have 63 nice tomatoes set.

And the Ace variety, planted March 29th, have 59 fruit on the first level on 12 plants.

I was disappointed to wake up and find my Video series on You Tube disabled and have been unable to find out why. Well "a little rain must Fall", but there is always a silver lining.

I found a new medium and the picture seem to reproduce with better quality.
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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Why do we Grow Tomatoes and enjoy Them...Smart I quess

Health benefits: A tomato can help keep skin looking youthful, according to a new study

This is taken from an article posted in the Daily Mail in the UK

Interesting Premise and another Reason to Grow, Eat and Sell More Tomatoes

At this rate, scientists will have to come up with a better description for the tomato than mere 'superfood'.

While it has long been credited with cutting cholesterol and preventing some cancers, the fruit now appears to have two more health giving benefits.

Protection against sunburn and helping keep the skin looking youthful are the latest pluses, a study has found.

Professor Mark Birch-Machin said tomatoes could provide a cheap and easy way of improving health.

"I went into the study as a skeptic," he added. "But I was quite surprised with the significance of the findings."

Researchers at Manchester and Newcastle universities recommend two tomato-based meals a day for optimum health.

Possible menus include a glass of tomato juice with breakfast and a salad later or tomato soup for lunch and pasta with a tomato sauce for dinner.

To test the fruit's ability to protect the skin, ten volunteers were asked to eat five tablespoons of tomato paste mixed with olive oil every day for three months.

Another ten had a daily dose of olive oil - minus the tomato paste.

Tests using ultra-violet lamps showed the tomato-eaters were a third better protected against sunburn at the end of the study than at the start, the British Society for Investigative Dermatology's annual conference heard.

Other tests suggested the tomato-based diet had boosted production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin supple.

If that were not enough, the fruit also protects our mitochondria - the elements of cells which turn the food we eat into energy.

Professor Birch-Machin, of Newcastle University, said: "Being kind to our mitochondria is likely to contribute to improved skin health, which in turn may have an anti-ageing effect."

The researchers stressed, however, that their findings were not an excuse to throw away the suncream. Professor Lesley Rhodes, a Manchester University dermatologist, said: "People should not think tomatoes in any way can replace suncreams but they may be a good additive.

"If you can improve your protection through your diet then over several years this may have a significant effect."

She added: "These weren't huge amounts we were feeding the group. It was the sort of quantity you could easily manage by eating a lot of tomato-based meals."

The fruit's benefits are credited to lycopene, the pigment behind its distinctive red skin.

Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant capable of mopping up free radicals - the harmful molecules linked to cancer - is made easier for the body to absorb when tomatoes are cooked or processed.

You can also add massive Antioxidants to your System with three ounces of Mangosteen Juice daily

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Last year I re-entered the gardening world with a 3 Tomato Plant experiment.

I got the "bug" again and this year we are growing 24 plants
to follow a Business Plan,
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Growing is a Continuous Process, be it Tomatoes or a Business

It is hard to believe that I have embarked on this wonderful "new" Journey of getting back on course of Growing Delicious Fresh Fruits and vegetables after a 20 year Hiatus.

I vividly remember my First Garden in Downey, California,1951. We were blessed with 1/4 acre lot and Dad said I could have the back portion. I planted everything so neatly and would tend it daily after my Paper Route, school and Mowing Lawns for the neighbors.

There was an Irrigation Stand Pipe in the Corner and I sit on that and "watch" the crops Grow.
Can't forget the day I sat there and watched a gopher very quickly "suck" one of my best Tomato Plants right into the Ground. So much for Sharing Space with Pests!

That opportunity to manage a Garden stayed in my mind and not too long after receiving my degree in 1964 in Invertebrate Zoology, I found myself starting to Farm vegetables in the lush Coachella Valley, along with working with my associates at Rincon Insectary

Everett J. "Deke" Dietrick, we were pioneering The Biological Control of Insect Pests Commercially and for the backyard gardener.

Leaving the valley saw my Lifestyle change to be involved in Direct Marketing Financial Products and other varied Ventures.

But in 1976 I moved to a small Northern California Town and started Truck farming again., I met my wife Shirley and we raised a wonderful Family on our 20 Acres on Vegetables. But just like the "gopher" who stole my Tomato plant, we had to re-adjust and pursue other Income sources.

Always involved in Marketing, I developed a nice Consulting business, and then we helped others design and build Horse Facilities........

And NOW back to the soil for Fun and Profit