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Comment by stephen fitzwater, UT - zone 7a on January 19, 2011 at 9:27am
love the trivia.., talked with a gentleman here last summer that was a scientist doing a study on toms as being one of the most potent of the veggies containing antioxidants. (the body's anti rust ally) The most potent of which were off the plant.., plate ready. Toms that were picked before ripe declined dramatically in levels. No wonder freshies taste so good....!
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 19, 2011 at 12:47am

Well Bob that makes 2 of us!! I have pieces of kitchen roll drying out all over the place where I save  tom seed and then just cut around and plant when and as required.  A horticulturist gave me that tip (when I went to an Open Garden) - to leave them on the paper - as I used to try and pick them off to put in a bag to store!!  Also pass on different tom seeds to Sister-In-Law who is a mad keen gardener like myself.

I just write alongside what seeds they are and like you say, so simple.  I have never thought of keeping seeds in fridge, I just throw them in the cupboard, but guess I could allocate a section in fridge out back for seeds.

Have many tom plants popping up all over the garden in various spots so not sure if it is from compost material or birds doing their business in our garden!!  Whichever way I am always glad of free plants!

Just been out picking more toms and will  use some tonight by oven roasting them with EOO and sprinkling with italian herbs.  Interesting trivia I found out yesterday that in 1800's, tomato sauce was used as a medicine in the US - Dr Miles Compound Extract of Tomato.  Now didn't I say we learn something every day (even if it is trivia!) You guys over there probably knew that already, but I certainly didn't.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 18, 2011 at 5:23pm


Not very tecnnical but for tom seeds, I cut open a ripe tomatoe and dig out the seeds with my finger and wipe them all over a paper towel.  Then I let the towel and seeds dry in a warm spot for a couple of weeks.  The seeds will be stuck to the paper so I just cut out around a few seeds and toss that into an envelope for the fridge.  For planting, I just take smaller sections of the towel with two or three seeds.  Too easy.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 18, 2011 at 5:18pm

They changed all the printing ink over here a long time ago to be environmentally friendly .  I used to get headaches when I was younger from the newsprint used on the Sunday papers, so had to stop buying them.  Sounds crazy I know - but true.

Thanks Bob - I will also save seeds too and see which method is most successful!

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 18, 2011 at 5:11pm

Lyn ... just don't have too high an expectation if it's a hybrid.  :)    But hey, look forward to the surprise!

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 18, 2011 at 5:04pm
Deborah... not at all.  Every paper I use went to a soy based black ink years ago.   But I do discard any color print as a precaution.  
Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 18, 2011 at 5:01pm
Does anyone worry about the contents in the newsprint contaminating the soil?
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 18, 2011 at 4:48pm

We have been extremely lucky with no flooding here, but we are 35 kms south west of Sydney.  I wouldn't mind some more rain as we have a 3000 litre underground rainwater tank that we use for all our gardens etc.  (Now compulsory in NSW if building a new home) I just wish it was even bigger, but we can always set up another above ground one.Tried to rein in my massive tomato plants out in the front garden last night as they seem to be growing by the foot each day!!  I guess I have been very lucky with the amount of tomatoes I have got off the plants over the past 2 months and still many more to come.  Received very little 'munchie' damage from bugs etc. Although we do have a possum who is eating one passionfruit a night and throwing shell onto floor of carport - annoying the 2 dogs no end!

Used some of my numerous Passionfruit to make some jam this morning and very pleased with the result.  It is nice to finally have the time after years of fulltime work to devote to a garden and utilising all the produce.  Daughter has requested Passionfruit and Campari Sorbet as well as Passionfruit Icecream.

Thanks about the newspapers, we get the Sydney Morning Herald which is a huge newspaper, so it will come in handy for putting down on veg patch - Would you recommend using this throughout veg patch as the under layer of mulch?  I am sure the worms will appreciate being able  to read and eat some interesting news/financial report and so on!! 

Yes I never stop feeling so lucky that I live where I do (originally from UK, but here 40 yrs as 10 pound migrant).  If you ever get this way Charlie - you have to visit me! My daughter in law who lives here is from North Carolina.

Bob - I didn't know you could take cuttings from Toms, I intend to try that as I have a mini Roma that has been giving out toms for 2 months and still loaded, so it is a good one to save. 

One thing with this site - you learn something new every day - and none of us are too old to still be learning (My Dad always said that to us as little kids and now I fully understand what he meant)

Good Day all.

Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on January 18, 2011 at 3:52pm

Hi Lyn, Guess you aren't in the area of the massive flooding, since you were glad to hear raindrops.  I don't think it matters which way you put the paper down.  If you were careful you might be able to place the paper so that a seam is where you want a plant.  The paper actually acts as a mulch and will go far to helping hold soil moister.

Great to hear from the Big Island.  My wife and I always dreamed of visiting.  Just never did and the trip might be too arduous for her now. 

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 18, 2011 at 12:04pm

Charlie - we have a similar problem here in Sydney with the hot afternoon sun, if I don't pick the toms in the morning, even those that look partially ripe, by afternoon the sun has not only ripened them, but split them open.  Mind you the chickens love the split toms I throw into them!

Thanks for the tip on putting down the layers of newspaper to stop soil etc splashing up onto the leaves.  I am about to put in some seeds for a winter tomato crop so as soon as I transplant them I will give your method a go.  Could you lay the paper down first and then punch holes in it to put seedlings through do you think? Or should you just lay it alongside as you suggested.

Can hear it raining for first time in ages, will save me having to get the hoses out!

Happy Gardening everyone.


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