This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

bigger not always better

Here's an article I found at Kitchen Gardener's about high yield commercial vegetable varieties that are getting bigger and less healthy.

A recent study they cite found that "the more a tomato weighs, the lower its concentration of lycopene, a natural anti-cancer chemical that makes tomatoes red. There is also less vitamin C and beta carotene, a nutrient linked to vitamin A." Also, "higher-yield crops decrease the concentrations of cancer-fighting chemicals and anti-toxins -- known as phytonutrients or phytochemicals."

Well, I'm growing some really tiny veggies: carrots, garlic, etc. But I still would like to grow a BIG pumpkin.

Pumpkin -- Cucurbita spp.

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