Get Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables...Or at least Tomatoes!

Posted by GoGo Goodie on September 13, 2011.


 A few years ago, you would have never caught my children eating anything with a tomato on it.  The closest thing to a tomato they would let enter their mouth was pizza sauce or ketchup...that was it.  Now, fast forward a few years and not only do they eat them in salads and on sandwiches, but they even eat them by themselves!  

How did we pull off this herculean feat you ask.  Well, we started a tomato garden.  Yes the kids enjoyed planting the tomatoes and watching them grow, but the change in their acceptance was purely due to flavor.  Plain and simple, our organically grown and vine ripened tomatoes tasted good!  My husband likes to say eating one of our tomatoes vs a store bought one is like "drinking coke out of a chilled glass bottle vs drinking a coke in a plastic cup with melted ice".

Want to try growing your own tomatoes for your family?  If you live in colder climates, plan ahead and plot out a garden for next spring.  If you work some organic matter deep into your garden bed and have plenty of sunshine, your plants can reach 7-8 feet tall, my do!  For those of you in milder climates, it's still not too late to have one more round of tomatoes before the end of November.  Granted the plants won't yield as much as a summer garden, but you'll have enough to add to sandwiches and salads.  Just select a tomato plant that matures quickly such as Early Girl.  If you are limited on space, tomato plants aren't picky, they will grow fine in containers, just not as tall.

One more tomato tip, if you ever taste a tomato in a restaurant that you like save a slice and throw it in some dirt and water it, it will grow.  Soon you will have an abundance of the tasty tomatoes.  If it's too cold to plant the slice, just save some of the seeds in a cool dry place and start them in the spring.  We've done this several times and it not only results in tasty tomatoes, but it's fun too!

Happy gardening!  

Keep watching for spring time gardening goodie bags / loot bags.


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