photo by Jezza Carla Balase

Today is the first day of my 40-day experiment on self-reliance.  Today is for gardening. Fortunately, Manong Presco, our gardener came over to clean up and prepare the plots for the vegetables in the backyard. He helped me set-up the trellises needed for the string beans and bitter gourd. For a measly sum of PhP200, he got the seeds from Agusan Canyon.

I will be posting some pics soon. For the meantime, my niece Jezza went to Mampayag to get some photos for an odesk project. I was inspired by these tomatoes, so I decided to include tomatoes in my garden. Do you know that  tomatoes were not even eaten in the US until the early 1800s?It was thought to be toxic and deadly until a New Jersey gentleman Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson ate them in public.

“Always one to take advantage of a dramatic opportunity, he announced an amazing display of courage would take place on September 26, 1820. He shocked his hometown of Salem by consuming and entire basket of tomatoes in front of a crowd of spectators, expecting him to keel over any second. Obviously, he didn’t and since then tomatoes have been a staple of the American diet and with good reason.”


photo by Jezza Carla Balase


Fresh tomatoes are one of nature’s best human allies for fitness and health. I got this from essortment.com:

“Starting with the basics, tomatoes contain large amounts of vitamin C, providing 40 percent of the daily value (DV). They also contain 15 percent DV of vitamin A, 8 percent DV of potassium, and 7 percent of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron for women and 10 percent RDA for men.

The red pigment contained in tomatoes is called lycopene. This compound appears to act as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that can damage cells in the body. Only recently, studies have revealed that lycopene may have twice the punch of another well-known antioxidant betacarotene. Studies conducted by Harvard researchers have discovered that men who consumed 10 servings of tomatoes a week, or the equivalent to 10 slices of pizza, can cut the risk of developing prostate cancer by a formidable 45 percent. However, its benefits are not limited to the prostate. Italian researchers have found that those who consume more that 7 servings of raw tomatoes lower the risk of developing rectal colon or stomach cancers by 60 percent. Israeli researchers have found that lycopene is a powerful inhibitor of lung, breast, and endometrial cancer cells. Research has also indicated that the lycopene in tomatoes can help older people stay active longer.”


5 responses »

  1. Marilou says:

    We planted cherry tomatoes last year. Being garden newbies, we planted the whole packet of seeds without realising that this would yield a LOT of tomatoes that we ended up giving them away to family, friends & neighbours. But with the daily harvest that was too much to handle – they soon said thanks but no thanks. Not wanting to waste organically homegrown tomatoes, I ended up chopping buckets after buckets of them, cooking them in olive oil with garlic and onions, then freezing them in ice candy bags. Presto! I take them out as needed for any tomatoe-based recipes:D

  2. hehehe, yes, cherry tomatores are high yielding crops. although it also helps that others have tasted the fruits of your garden. next time you can also try to pickle them or can them for future use. i have also tried doing a homemade tomato sauce from excess tomatoes.

  3. Marilou says:

    Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out.

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