is about growing matters, focusing on my greenhouse and potager. I grow mainly vegetables, herbs and spices but flowers have their given place too. From seed to table, this is the nursery for my living food, we cook a lot of delicious food and I say a potager is the cook’s best friend. The greenhouse makes it possible to grow essential, colourful, warmth loving fruit and vegetables even in this climate such as tomatoes and chillies. My main blog is Tyras Trädgård/Tyra's Garden. View my profile
Chickweed among my spinach
Unavoidable finding – it sure is…
Stellaria Media – an unavoidable finding in gardens all over the world. One of man’s most faithful companion someone said and I think that is true. This pretty little flowering plant is perhaps the most common weed, a ‘cosmo-political plant’, perhaps un-exterminatable. Well sometimes it feels just that it’s hard to get rid of, but I have a suggestion!
Tips and ideas -EAT it. This is one of the most delicious and tender wild plants, really tasty. Next time put it in you mixed garden salad, in your sandwich, wok or pasta. Enjoy your unavoidable finding.
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This week’s letter on ABC Wednesday is T as in Tyra no...my T just has to be TOMATO.
T as in Tea and Toast.
Now to the tomato, they are coming along just fine in the greenhouse, I have a lot of flowers and a few small tomatoes, still green of course. The biggest one is Solanum Lycopersicum’ Cherokee purple’ a heirloom and this is how the flowers looks like. This tomato is a beefsteak type tomato, dusky red in the colour with green shoulders. It is the first time I'm growing this Cherookee purple and it is going to be so exciting to see how it turns out.
This is a collage from last years tomatoes.
I have made a small evaluation of them here:
Tomatoes Tyra's Garden 2008
Aztecs and other peoples in the region used the fruit in their cooking; it was being cultivated in southern Mexico and probably other areas by 500BC. It is thought that the Pueblo people believed that those who witnessed the ingestion of tomato seeds were blessed with powers of divination. The large, lumpy tomato, a mutation from a smoother, smaller fruit, originated and was encouraged in Mesoamerica. Smith states this variant is the direct ancestor of some modern cultivated tomatoes.
According to Andrew F Smith's The Tomato in America, the tomato probably originated in the highlands of the west coast of South America. However, Smith notes there is no evidence the tomato was cultivated or even eaten in Peru before the Spanish arrived.
Two modern tomato cultivar groups, one represented by the Matt's Wild Cherry tomato, the other by currant tomatoes, originate by recent domestication of the wild tomato plants apparently native to eastern Mexico. This text ‘Early history’ is from wikipedia.
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Have a great Wednesday my friends!