In case you didn’t know already, tomato plants can grow anywhere where it is warm and a little damp. In other words, they are easy to maintain and anyone can grow them at home.
All you need is some patience, adequate sunlight, and water. After a while, you will get a six-foot tall tomato plant with big or cherry size tomatoes!
However, as mentioned above, you need to be patient as tomatoes take a long time to grow. In case you lack strength for this task, think of this like James Bryan: Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration!
This man had an amazing idea which resulted in something very functional and effective. Although his setup seems simple, it is really brilliant!
According to Bryan,
“I started on May 28th planting 4 tomatoes around a garbage can with holes drilled at the bottom rim and the second row about 10 inches up. Then I buried the can to where the top holes just barely were above the ground and put in 2 shovels full of compost.
Then I filled the can up with water every 2 days and tried not to water the leaves. These 4 plants became 5 feet and 4 inches tall in less than a month and a half, and were loaded with green tomatoes. There were also about a hundred sets of tomato blossoms.”
End of June, 3 ft cage
The first thing he did was taking a 13-gallonn kitchen garbage can, where he grew the tomato plants. Then, he replaced the can with 5-gallon buckets, as they are much cheaper and easily available.
However, you can also use a larger can as long as you make sure that each plant gets 5 gallons of water weekly. For example, if you use a 5-gallon bucket and plant 2 tomato plants, you should fill the bucket two times weekly.
“I grow tomatoes now for the green market, and I have a higher yield per plant than most other growers do,” Bryan says.
Tomato Nutrient Breakdown
Tomatoes are abundant in many nutrients and antioxidants. Among them are:
- Dietary fiber
- Folic acid
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin K
One medium-sized tomato contains approximately 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of protein, 5 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 milligrams of sodium. In addition, it also provides 1% of the RDA of calcium, 2 % of the RDA of iron, 20 % of the RDA or vitamin A, and 40% of the RDA of vitamin C.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
- Reduce Cholesterol: Lycopene found in tomatoes acts as preventative measure against cardiovascular diseases. It has been scientifically shown that eating tomatoes on a regular basis reduces both LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, both of which are key factors for cardiovascular disease.
- Improve Vision: Vitamin A in tomatoes improves vision and protects against macular degeneration and night-blindness.
- Lowers Hypertension: Regular consumption of tomatoes lowers the risk of high blood pressure, mostly due to their high potassium content and ability to lower stress and reduce tension in the arteries.
- Healthy Skin: Tomatoes help maintain healthy skin, hair, bones, and teeth. They are one of the best protections against UV-induced erythema.
- Manage Diabetes: It has been scientifically shown that eating tomatoes daily reduces the oxidative stress of type II diabetes.
Tomatoes are highly versatile produce and they can be eaten raw, added to sandwiches or salads, and even cooked!