Tomatoes are great – they are delicious and healthy due to the high levels of vitamin C and lycopene they contain. They can strengthen your immune system and treat and prevent numerous diseases and conditions, and should be a part of everyone’s diet.
The fruit is most known for its rich lycopene content. This powerful and rare antioxidant is responsible for the vibrant red color of tomatoes and can be found in carrots and guava as well. Lycopene can fight free radicals in the body and reduce the risk of cancer, while protecting your skin and delaying the aging process.
According to several studies, lycopene is very effective against prostate cancer. Experts say that it reduces the risk against this type of cancer by 50%, and some claim that it can prevent esophageal cancer as well. 100 gr. of tomatoes contain 3.3-7.1 mg. of lycopene – this amount jumps up to 150 mg. per liter for tomato juice. Experts say that our bodies require 30 mg. of lycopene to function properly, and the body can synthesize it best through tomatoes. However, the amount of lycopene varies in different types of tomatoes – tomatoes from the market have less than organic tomatoes, which is why you should avoid them. For best results, we recommend growing your own tomatoes at home! It’s not hard – it’s actually a simple process that will provide you with a steady supply of tomatoes.
Here’s what you need to do:
You’ll need the following ingredients:
– One 2 l. plastic bottle
– 1 small tomato plant
– Water
– Soil
– Coffee filter
– An 8-cm. long skewer or toothpick (wooden)
– Wire or string for the bottle
– Screwdriver
– Insulating tape
– Scissors or a knife
Preparation:
1. The first step is to wash the plastic bottle well and let it dry.
2. Cut its bottom part off.
3. Fit the cut bottom part on the inside of top part.
4. Pierce the sides of the plastic bottle and make sure they’re aligned.
5. Pierce about 10 holes on the bottom of the bottle to make a DIY water dispenser.
6. Now, take the tomato plant.
7. Take the filter.
8. Pierce the filter in the center.
9. Put the plant through the same hole.
10. Wrap the filter around the plant.
11. Moving slowly and carefully, put the filter and plant through the bottle like in the picture you see below, and use the skewer to move it if you can’t with your fingers.
12. The next side is to turn the bottle upside down and leave room for the water dispenser.
13. Now, put the skewer (or toothpick) through the holes your pierced in the start.
14. Use a wire like in the picture to hang the plant.
15. Next, pour some water in the dispenser.
16. Hang your tomato and watch it grow!
Tips: In order to protect the roots of the plant, we suggest covering the bottle with the insulating tape. Tomatoes grow fast, so you may need a stronger wire as the plant grows bigger. Keep it in a sunny spot and keep the dispenser half full of water.