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Growing TomatoesGrowing Tomatoes

Tomatoes fresh from the vine are hard to beat, but with the many problems with growing tomatoes, including the dreaded blight are they worth the hassle on the allotment?

Growing Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of my favourites, they are so versatile, you can eat them raw, in salads or in cooking in over a million ways!  They are also so good for you too!

Benefits of the Tomato

Tomatoes have show in recent studies carried out in Britain that the lycopene, the carotenoid pigment that turns tomatoes red may help reduce the risk of cancer.  Tomatoes are also a good source of vitamins C & E, while containing few calories.

  • Good source of carotenoids and potassium.
  • A good source of vitamin C & E

Drawback

  • Common trigger for many allergies including eczema.
  • Green tomatoes have be linked to migraine in susceptible people.

 So are they worth the effort?

My opinion is yes, but careful monitoring and spraying before the blight hits is required to get a crop, because once blight hits your plants it is pretty much game over and these should be removed immediately to save other plants from getting the disease.  Growing early varieties that crop in June & Early July before late blight hits is also a great idea, I grow a mix of early varieties and a few later cropping varieties to hedge my bets!

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