Grow Tomatoes For a
Today's Snack: Let's make some delicious roasted tomato slices!
First, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with foil. Spray with
cooking spray. Next, slice one or more fresh tomatoes into half-inch slices.
Each student will probably want two or three slices, and you can get 6-8 slices
from each tomato. Place them on the foil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and a
little Italian seasoning (dried basil, oregano, garlic salt, etc.). Bake for about
10 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Eat on a small plate with a
fork with a glass of milk. Yummmmm!!!!
Garden bed or
1 or more tomato
plants | 1 or more tall tomato cages |
Plastic tape, twine or
nylon hose to tie supports for stalks
A good fertilizer,
such as Miracle Gro | Watering can or hose nearby
an unusual and inspiring response by a father to the diagnosis of a serious disease
affecting his child's brain and behavior. It's called "autism" and it's on the
rise in our country.
dad is fighting back with a very special way to raise money and awareness about
autism. And you can help!
It's not unusual for tomato plants to grow six or seven feet
or even taller. Be sure your stakes are strong and tall
handle vigorous growth and lots of tomatoes!
developed his own special kinds of tomatoes. He's sort of like an inventor,
only he invented a certain kind of a plant, instead of inventing a machine or a
medication or something.
he is asking people to come to his website, buy his special tomato plants, and
grow his tomatoes. And he will give the money to researchers who are trying to
cure autism. The name of his operation: The Online Tomato Vine.
can order one or more plants through the mail to grow in your own garden, and
help him and the kids who have this disease.
The pretty leaves with white and light green splotches are
"variegated" - very a gated - which means those splotches
are there on purpose!
Note: because this man has developed interesting new
strains of tomatoes, they look a little different than the kind you buy in the
grocery store. Several varieties are purple, rather than red. Others are dark
red instead of the rich, medium red color we all know. But rest assured: they
taste fabulous, and they are very healthy!
all about it on:
If you've never grown tomatoes before, now's a great time
to start. It's cheap, and doesn't take that much space or that much time. Plus,
it's tons of fun to grow your own food.
You can tend them through the summer, eat them right off
the vine and let the juice slurp down your chin -- !!! Then share them with your
family, neighbors, friends and especially pantries and shelters for the
homeless, where fresh fruits and vegetables are always welcome.
Here's a good source to tell you everything you need to
know to plant and care for tomato plants.
- can't you just taste that first BLT? (That's a Bacon-Lettuce-and-Tomato
Sandwich - what some people say is a MUST for fresh tomatoes).
fun, and thanks for helping this nice dad!
By Susan Darst Williams • www.AfterSchoolTreats.com • Service
Projects • © 2011