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Like the potato and the green pepper, to which it is closely related, the tomato originated in Central America. Botanically the tomato is a fruit but it is traded as a vegetable. They are rich in vitamins A and C and potassium. Their sizes range from less than 1 in. in diameter to more than 6 in. in diameter. Their colors range from white to yellow to orange to deep red. Their shape ranges from ovals to oblongs to teardrops, and in flavor from very sweet to highly acidic.

Tomatoes are the most widely used canned vegetable in the U.S today. Around 3/4 of the total tomato crop is processed into juice, sauces, pastes, and catsup. That is one reason why a regular whole organic tomato is so expensive. There is nothing that can compare to a organic, fresh picked tomato out of your back yard. There is nothing more incredible than a twelve-foot-tall tomato plant. That is why you should grow your own tomato plant.

Growing your own tomato plant is not as hard as most people think. When growing your own tomato plant the first thing to remember is that they only grow in summer. You should plant your tomato plant when it is late spring. The smartest way is to fork over about $2 a plant and go ahead and get one that is already about 8 inches tall. The seeds are hard to get started. Plant them deeply, so that it will have a good root structure and won't fall over when they get big. Plant it just under the leaves. Let it grow on its own until it is about two feet tall. Then put cow manure around it. If you do this too early then the plant might not take to it and will die. The cow manure should greatly speed up the growth.

When the plant gets to about six feet then you should put chicken dung on it. This is a lot stronger than the cow manure so mix it in lightly it, so as not to kill the plant. After this, if you had planted Beefsteak tomato plant (my favorite), it should have tons of ripe, juicy tomatoes on it. It should also start climbing towards 12 feet. By the time it does reach 12 feet it should be done producing tomatoes. During this whole process the plant should be watered daily and in full sunlight.