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Sunday, August 28, 2016




Anonymous said...

Will the hail damage my tomato plants? Should I cover them?

Anonymous said...

There is no need to protect or cover tomato plants during a hail storm, tomato plants produce a protective covering preceding a hail storm, much like body armor, the hardened covering disappears immediately after the storm has passed.
If you go outside and observe your tomato plants during a hail storm you will see the 'armor'.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call it armor though, it's more of a silvery rubbery like coating. If you are outside when it starts hailing you can see it form almost immediately. Like you said, it disappears almost instantly. That is why you never see "hail damaged" tomatoes on sale in the grocery store because of the coating!

Anonymous said...

It should be noted that in 568 the Lombards ( a Germanic tribe) invaded Italy. Around that time it is believed that tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes originated. Some historical accounts give credit to the Lombards to have invented the food product (being German they were very smart), other accounts tell of a historic hail storm which pulverized the Italian tomato crop along with all other crops. The Italians salvaged what they could of their crops and discovered that they could cut and chop tomatoes into other products. That is how tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes were invented. Prior to that they only consumed tomatoes whole.
Then around 1492 Leonardo Da Vinci invented tomato paste using a primitive pressure cooker.
It was at this same time (568) that 'cream style corn' and applesauce were invented giving support to the 'hail' theory of pulverization..
HistoricalRecords state that the hail was 3 feet deep in some parts of Italy and shredded all plant life. Nuff Sed

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