Most of us can’t imagine a healthy vegetable or fruit salad without tomatoes, not only because they taste amazing, but because they are loaded with lycopene and vitamin C, two ingredients which can strengthen and boost the overall immune system and prevent a number of conditions and diseases.
For those who are unfamiliar with lycopene, it is a rare antioxidant which gives the tomato its red/pink color, and it is also found in watermelons, papaya, guava, and carrots. It is very potent and it is capable of eliminating free radicals in the body and preventing damage while reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. On top of that, it can also postpone aging as it offers a protection from UV radiation.
A number of studies have been conducted on this incredible nutrient, and they have shown that it can potentially reduce the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 50%, and other studies have shown that it can fight lung, skin and esophageal cancer, however, further research is required in order for its effects to be officially confirmed.
Experts claim that humans need only 30 mg. of this potent antioxidant in order to fully reap all of its benefits, and tomatoes are one of the best ways of obtaining the antioxidant. But instead of spending money on tomatoes every day, we are going to show you how to easily grow them in your own home or garden.
Ingredients you will need:
- Coffee filter
- 1 small tomato plant
- 1 2l. plastic bottle
- 8-cm. long skewer/toothpick (must be wooden)
- Insulating tape
- First, take the bottle and wash it well.
- Cut its bottom.
- Fit the cut part on the inside of the top once you are done.
- Make 2 small holes on the sides, big enough to stick a toothpick through it, and make sure they are aligned.
- Make 10 more holes on the bottom using the screwdriver, this acts as the water dispenser.
- Take a small tomato plant.
- Grab the coffee filter.
- Make a hole in the center of the filter.
- Pierce it through the center of the plant.
- Once done, wrap the filter around the plant’s base and cover the soil.
- Carefully filter while putting the plant through the neck of the bottle, and use a wooden stick to raise the plant through the hole if you can’t do so otherwise.
- Flip the bottle upside down and carefully fill it with soil but leave room for the water dispenser.
- Pass the stick through the side holes you pierced in the beginning.
- Hang the plant using a wire.
- Pour a little bit of water in the dispenser.
- Hang the tomato pot and wait for it to grow.
- Cover the bottle with insulating tape or a dark fabric to protect the delicate roots of the plant.