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5 things to know about the TOMATO

July 12, 2014


1. Cooked  tomatoes are better for you than raw ones: the heat causes more of the antioxidant properties to be released.


2. Don’t store tomatoes in the fridge!The cold damages their delicate cell membranes. Instead leave at room temperature and to keep them from rotting to quickly – put them stem down.


3. The leaves of tomato plant can actually add a vibrant “fresh tomatoaroma” to pasta sauces.e  Use like fresh basil.


4. Eating cooked tomatoes may act as a kind of internal sunscreen.  They help block UV rays, but don’t toss the sunscreen, tomatoes are only a supplement not a replacement.


5. When tomatoes arrived in Italy in the mid-1500’s they were originally grown not to eat but for a garden decoration.


(Glad that idea didn’t last, aren’t you?)

Tamarillo Tree….. Cyphomandra betacea

Tamarillo Tree….. Cyphomandra Betacea 

Here is your opportunity to grow

something very different and worthwhile.

Forget conventional ways of growing tomatoes

with this species that is exclusive to ourselves.

Unlike ordinary tomatoes you can use the fruit

not only like tomato but like plums in desserts

and pies. It makes delicious jam too.

Although it looks much like a medium-sized tomato,

the tree tomato is not a true tomato.

Tasting somewhat like a tomato,

it is usually eaten with sugar or boiled

to make a popular and refreshing drink.

An extremely fast growing shrub to 2-3m.

Flowers are self-pollinating, and tree tomatoes

may bear from seed in just over a year.

Although it does better in climates where

the temperature stays above 50F,

the tree tomato is subtropical and will bear fruit

in cooler climates. Hardy to 25F.

Requires lots of water and good drainage-

-standing water will kill the plant in just a few days.

Makes an excellent container plant in cold climates.

Propagating Cyphomandra Betacea from seed is quite

straight forward.  Surface sow the seeds

on sterile compost.  If germinated in cool conditions,

the initial growth rate is a bit slow.  

For this reason it is better to wait until

early spring before sowing seeds. Water the newly

germinated tree tomato seedlings sparingly at first.

The stems are prone to rot if over watered.  

This can also happen to more mature plants

growing in the ground.  If watering is withheld

the plant will usually recover. Cyphomandra Betacea

is equally happy in shade (not gloom) or sun, 

but will grow larger in sunnier conditions.  

As with most plants grown for the tropical effect,

mix plenty of home-made compost and

composted manure into the planting hole

for best performance.

Here you go folks, yet another

suggestion from an Old Fart

of a practical fruit for your

garden….I have also planted

2 seeds of the yellow variety

on 2 large pots.

Let’s see how I go ??



Hardy edible Peruvian herb, aquired years and years ago. Self seeds prolifically.
Just sprinkle the seed in the right spot and let nature take over.

That is exactly what I did!

Flavour is like a blend of Basil, Mint, Citrus, Tarragon. Very good on chicken and fish!

Makes a great pesto, and goes equally good just sprinkled fresh on top of pasta dishes.

Doesn’t loose its flavour/aroma as quickly as other herbs can when dried and is easily stored in a jar or resealable packet in the cupboard.

Red spider mite and root knot nematode are often serious pests on many plants, indoor and out 😉  but the unique properties of this interesting herb repel and in some cases even kill them!
Awesome addition to salads and I can’t see why its not as common here in Australia, as in Chile, Bolivia, Equador and Peru.

Also good for an aromatic tea that’santi fungal“, “antibacterial” “liver cleansingand  “vitality boostingand bloody delicious!

WIKI SAYS ….The leaves when dried may be used as a seasoning.

Huacatay paste is used to make the popular Peruvian potato dish called OCOPA‘. (I would love to try an “authentic” Ocopa recipe if you have one….)

For some time people have used it as a flavour full TEA for medical benefits such as a remedy for the colds, respiratory inflammations, or stomach problems.”

Companion plant with just about everything.(Basil, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, gourds, kale, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, melons, pineapple and pepper etc etc etc



I’ve had real trouble with NEMATODES in our soil. Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and radish have all been a drama but I have seen a DEFINATE improvement in crops with Black mint planted as well.


I will be now rotating between a crop of Black mint then a root crop as the results are really good!!!


Can be planted closely to smother out pest species and as it grows very straight and tall we use it as stakes for beans and tomato pyramid/trellis/triangles!


NOW HERE IS SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW>>>>>>>>>You know all those experts saying “maod!ruse it as stakes for beans and tomato pyramid/trellis/triangles!igold” is proven good for insect repellant in the garden, well, they have their facts a little bit skewed.

Marigold isTagets Patulabut it wasTagetes Minutathat all the studies were done on back in the day!(check it out for yourself)

They are right saying its a “type of Marigold” that is great for companion planting and repelling pest insects, but not when they say its that pretty little orange one!!!

It amazes me how many people spread the misinformation as FACT, even so called “expert” gardeners on TV and the like.Tagetes Minuta/Huacatay/Black mint are all the same plant. Tagetes patula is the small orange flowered herb(we also sell it, but this is MUCH better at insect killing/removal!)




 Forget all those other recipes, I have tried them all, and some are mildly effective, these ones just WORK!

BUT, only used sprays, on the plant that needs it and only when it needs it.
For example, Aphids only attack the flower of the radish, just before seeding, but the damage they cause, means there will be no seed production.
I spray twice with this stuff, about 6 weeks before harvest, AFTER seeing large numbers starting to arrive, and remove the problem, before it gets too serious.
To spray through out the whole growing season, would only kill the good guys!

What a waste of time and effort!!

Till next time folks, the Old Fart wishes you all, … HAPPY GARDENING.

TOMATO – MORTGAGE LIFTER (Lycopersicon esculentum)


(Lycopersicon esculentum)

Here we go folks, yet another beauty for ones garden’s collection 

This Item is Not on the Australian Nox Weeds list

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1-lb. pink fruit have a delicious, rich, sweet taste, consistently wins taste-tests.This variety has become very popular in recent years, after being developed by M.C. Byles of Logan, West Virginia. After crossing varieties for 6 years and selecting the best, he introduced this beauty that he named Mortgage Lifter.Growing Heirloom Tomatoes from seeds isn’t difficult at all. As a matter of fact any beginning gardener can do it. Sow Mortgage Lifter tomato seed indoors 4 to 6 weeks. Seeds should be sown at least 1/4″ deep within a seed starting tray, covered with a plastic dome or plastic cling film in a warm room out of direct sunlight until seedlings emerge.

Fruit Bearing: Indeterminate

Days to Maturity: 80 days

Sun: Full Sun

Height: 36-40 inches





        (Mahonia Repens)  


I just bought 10 seeds – for only $2.70 AU.

This item is also, NOT on the Aust Nox weed list

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Mahonia repens commonly known as creeping mahonia, creeping Oregon grape, creeping barberry, or prostrate barberry, is a species of Mahonia native to the Rocky Mountains and westward areas of North America, from British Columbia and Alberta in the north through Arizona and New Mexico into northwest Mexico in the south.

The yellow flowers appear in the middle of spring, and the blue berries in early summer. Although it is evergreen, in fall the leaves turn bronze. The plant is found at elevations from 300 metres (980 ft) to 2,200 metres (7,200 ft). Berries are edible and used to make jellies.

It is a ‘year-round attractive’ hardy plant, tolerant of drought, frost and heat, so it is popular with landscape designers and gardeners. It can provide good ground cover in a cold situation. This plant requires a minimum of 180 frost free days to grow successfully.

Mahonia repens grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 7.5 (neutral ranges from 6.6 to 7.5). It is adapted to silt, loam, clay loam, silt loam, sandy loam, silty clay loam and sandy clay loam soils, and prefers medium fertility.

The seed can be germinated by cold stratification / cold moist prechilling.

CHIA – Superfood (Salvia rhyacophila) HERB

CHIA – Superfood

(Salvia rhyacophila)

Chia (Salvia rhyacophila) is a hardy annual herb 1-1.5m high, that belongs to the Salvia family, with its name coming from the Latin ‘salare’ which means to save, referring to its curative properties. Blue flower spike to 10cm long, set on terminal stems, and fill out to a seed head (that is similar in appearance to a wheat seed head) with pin-head sized, brown, shiny seeds. Plants adapt to a wide range of soils, climates and minimal rainfall.

Leaves as salad or tea.

 Regarded as a survival food. Useful forage plant. Use as sprouts in salad.

Sow spring, summer. 120 days.

Also increasingly used in home cooking. Useful in salad dressings, yoghurt, dips and spreads. Does not effect the natural taste and flavours. essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, 30% protein Vitamins: A, B, E, D Minerals: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iron, iodine, copper, zinc, sodium, magnesium, manganese, silicon.

Chia seeds can be eaten fresh in hand. Chew well to break the shell and release the nutty flavour. The mucilaginous properties, which have a swelling action similar to guar or psyllium, act as a bulking agent and fibre source.

Chia belongs to the salvia family, with the name coming from the Latin ‘salare’ which means to save, referring to its curative properties.

Chia leaves (fresh or dried) steeped in boiling water, make a therapeutic tea.

Feed the seed heads to the hens. Research in South America, with commercial egg production, found that laying hens eagerly devoured chia when up to 30% of seed was added to their food. This also resulted in the production of eggs with a ratio of saturated to polyunsaturated fats, half that found in normal eggs, a real benefit to consumers, eggs with a heart-friendly profile!


This beauty was sent to me as LUCKY FREE BONUS ++, for buying 4 packets of seeds…And I AM IMPRESSED with it.

When someone I know bought some seeds, at first they were sure they bought SAFFRON

They had a picture of the purple flowered bulb and everything on the packet, so they become quite disappointed when this fella came up instead……….

It was only after they did a bit of research that they realised it’s the SAFFLOWER plant, and it’s quite useful in its own right!

Its petals are used the same way as traditional ” SAFFRON “, the seeds are eaten as a snack (like sunflowers, but heaps easier to pop our of the shell intact).

The seeds are pressed for oil, which is the basis for everything from margarines, make-ups, and most “vegetable oil” blends, and processed foods.

Used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain, increase circulation, and reduce bruising.

The dried flowers are included in various herbal remedies for menstrual pain and minor physical trauma and in India, the flowers are used for their laxative and diaphoretic properties, measels, fevers and eruptive skin conditions.

It was known as “Carthamine” in the 19th Century and analysis of ancient Egyptian textiles the 12th dynasty, identified dyes made from safflower, and garlands made from safflowers were found in the tomb of the pharaoh “Tutankhamen”.

About 600,000 tons of it are grown commercially in more than sixty countries worldwide each year and the number is rising due to the drought tolerance of the plant, and rising temperatures.

Really cool looking flower, and with all those spikes its almost critter proof!

Easy to harvest the petals, just pull them out and leave them in a bowl to dry.

The seeds are even easier to harvest and clean.

Just cut off the pods when dry. Put them in a bucket with a lid, and a stone about as big as a golf ball(actually a golf ball should work good too!).

Put the lid on and shake. The seeds sink to the bottom and the dried pods make good compost.

Great for a snack. Just chuck a handful in you pocket and you can munch them all day.

Meant to be an appetite suppressant too, but HEY ??..Will I note any difference?

We shall see .

Till next time folks, HAPPY GARDENING.


Bellow is an picture of an CROCUS SAFFRON BULB PLANT