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
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’s “anti fungal“, “antibacterial” “liver cleansing” and “vitality boosting” and 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 is “Tagets Patula” but it was “Tagetes Minuta” that 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!)
HERE IS A LINK TO THE RECIPE FOR HUACATAY OR BLACK MINT SPRAY>>> http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.432219286845300.97137.263727033694527&type=1
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
Here we go folks, yet another beauty for ones garden’s collection
This Item is Not on the Australian Nox Weeds list
CREEPING OREGON GRAPE
THERE YOU GO FOLKS, ANOTHER BEAUTY FOR MY COLLECTION.
I just bought 10 seeds – for only $2.70 AU.
This item is also, NOT on the Aust Nox weed list
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