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Saturday, 17 March 2012

TOMATO - a beauty in vegetables


Fruits in oblong shape
Don’t you care the beauty of tomato? Its color! Shape! Etc. In some countries like Spain tomato festival is celebrated. Do you think why they are celebrating so? I think that the reason is beauty of this fruit and its attraction. It is not only beautiful but also nutritive. It contains protein, fat, vitamins-A,B&C and many minerals. This vegetable is an inevitable item of food in India.
A floweringTumato plant 
 Let us see how Tomato can be grown in our homestead. Seeds can be sown in raised beds .Irrigate the bed well. Bed may be covered with green leaves, up to germination, to avoid loss of moisture and keep optimum humidity. After germination irrigation may be reduced as once in a week. When the seedlings are one month old they can be transplanted in channels at a spacing of 60x60cm. October –November is best season in Kerala.
Bearing plant
Apply well rotten kitchen waste or cow dung powder as basal manure. Fertilisers @ 750 grams Urea, 2 kg Super phosphate and 200 grams Murate of potash per 100 sq m may also be added in channels before planting.
Fruits in round shape
Irrigate the transplanted seedlings once in two days. Weeding must be done in time to time. Stake the plants if necessary.

Bacterial wilt is the main threat to Tomato. Destroy infected plants as soon possible to control this. Spraying of 1% Bordeo-mixture once in a month  is very effective to control such diseases.
Harvest can be started 45-60 days after sowing. We may get 1 to 5 kg of fruits from a plant.
Tumato fruit?
   

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