1 pint Nnitron A-35 A soil conditioner that uses enzymatic activity to promote soil health and plant growth
All you need to add is good soil, water, sunshine and seeds. We also recommend using the Tomato Starter Kit in conjunction with Nitron’s own Tomato Booster (sold separately), a secret formula that helps regulate tomato plant growth and produce higher yields.
Produce big, luscious, vine-ripened tomatoes without chemicals! Get your tomato garden growing today!
More information about growing tomatoes
Tomatoes are the most popular home grown vegetables in the United States. Coming in a variety of colors, shapes, shades, and types, tomatoes are a staple crop and can be found not just at the American dinner table, but around the world as well. And while people may debate whether it is a fruit or vegetable (see the box below) or the correct way to pronounce the word (most famously in song), the vast majority of people enjoy the taste of a fresh cut, ripe, red tomato.
Tomatoes require very little surface area to grow and can produce massive quantities of yield for such small plants. They are an excellent source of vitamins such as A and C, and a good source of lycopene, which has studies currently underway investigating the cancer fighting abilities of this carotenoid.
Growing your own produce is one way you can help ensure the food that you and your family eats has been grown safely and in a manner that preserves the tomato’s nutritional value. The Nitron Tomato Starter Kit can help you grow bigger, better tasting tomatoes that you and your family will truly enjoy.
Interesting Facts about the History of tomatoes in the New World
Tomatoes weren’t always considered an American favorite, even though they are a crop native to North and Central America. Tomatoes can first be traced back to the Aztec Indians who began cultivating them around 700 and introduced them to visiting Europeans. Despite their close proximity to what would become America, tomatoes were actually taken to Europe first, then brought back to America during the late 1700’s. Thomas Jefferson was one of the first growers of this “new” plant in 1781.
It wasn’t until the great migration of large numbers of Europeans during the 1800’s that the tomato finally found a home here. Immigrants had been eating them for decades in their home countries and brought over both the taste for tomatoes and some of the growing techniques still seen today, such as wire “boxes” and transplanting to avoid frost damage. Italian recipes have incorporated tomatoes and tomato sauces so frequently, many people today assume tomatoes actually came from Italy!
One of the most interesting parts of the brief history of tomatoes in America would have to be the Supreme Court case of 1893 between John Nix, an importer, and Edward Hedden the New York customs collector. At that time imported vegetables carried a 10% tariff (tax) while fruits could be imported duty free. Nix argued that tomatoes were fruits and therefore could be brought into the country tax free.
The trial consisted of both men explaining why they believed as they did, followed by Mr. Nix’s attorney reading the Webster’s dictionary definitions of several vegetables (cabbage, beans, egg plant, etc.) and emphasizing the trailing words “and the like” in each definition. The argument was made that tomatoes fell under this distinction, just not mentioned as such in the definitions. The State based it’s case on what had always been: Tomatoes had always been considered vegetables by the State of New York and there was no valid reason to challenge this. There was no other evidence offered by either party.
After deliberation and having no new information to enact upon, the Judge ruled that tomatoes would remain vegetables and therefore taxable by the state of New York since they were known as a vegetable and used as a vegetable “in the common language of the (American) people.¹”
1. NIX v. HEDDEN, 149 U.S. 304 (1893)