Did you know the average row of tomato plants yields about 60 pounds of harvest? Or that there are over 7,500 varieties of tomatoes? These facts and tons more are just a few reasons why 93% of gardening households in America grow their own tomatoes.
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- Four tomato plants would run you about $15. The average yield for a row of about four plants is 60 pounds (27 kilograms) [source: Iowa State University]. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the going retail price per pound for tomatoes is $1.77, while yours only cost about 25 cents.
- 93% of gardening households in America grow tomoatoes (Source: TomatoDirt.com)
- Tomatoes like warm weather, sunlight, and proper watering
- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the tomato a Vegetable in 1893. (Source: TomatoDirt.com)
- There are around 7,500 varieties of tomatoes grown. (Source: Wikipedia)
Tomatoes have been found to be rich in vitamin A, containing 15% of the daily requirement, and vitamin C, with some 40% of your daily requirement. These vitamins, also called antioxidants, are known to fight off the effects of free-radicals, known to cause cell damage in the body. (Source: FitDay.com)
Lycopene is an antioxidant that fights the freeradicals that can interfere with normal cell growth and potentially lead to cancer, heart disease and premature aging. Tomatoes are one of the best sources of lycopene. Lycopene is a bright red carotenoid pigment and phytochemical and is responsible for giving tomatoes their bright red color. (Source:Tomato.org)
How to Grow
- Most tomato plant varieties need about 70-85 days to mature.
- You can start your tomatoes from seed or from young plants.
- Tomato plants like high sun exposure and light should be considered when deciding where to plant your tomatoes.
- Treat your soil with a compost mixture so your tomato plants are fed and encouraged to grow.
- Tomato plants can grow very tall and should be supported in order to grow more fruit. Place tomato stakes when you're planting so you don't ruin the root system later in growth.
- Tomato plants need about an inch of water every week, but be sure to water them more if you notice your plants droop or wilt.
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