Solanacea is pronounced sol-an-a-sea-a. It is an agricultural family of various flowering plants, much of what I plant in the summer months. This family includes species like jimson weed, paprika, chili peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, deadly nightshade, tobacco, and petunia plants. The solanaceae family is ethnobotanical which means it is extensively utilized by humans. It’s interesting to note that as much as we use this family of plants in our daily diets, it is often rich in alkaloids whose toxicity ranges from mildly irritating to fatal in small quantities. Most of what we eat, mainly tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and chili peppers are only mildly acidic. If you eat these in large quantities then you may find yourself overwhelmed with stomach and digestive problems. Nonetheless, these tend to be some of my favorite summer crops to grow in the garden.

There’s nothing like homegrown tomatoes! Just click on the link and see what John Denver has to say about homegrown tomatoes. “there’s only 2 things that money can’t buy, well that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” Heirloom tomatoes are my absolute favorite and make good salsas and guacamoles for dipping. Heirloom simply means the genetic code is saved with the seed and is passed from plant to plant like we would pass along an heirloom piece of jewelry. Heirloom vegetables have become an important part of our garden code because many of the plants today are GMO’d (genetically modified) to forget their biological codes. Why would companies do this? I recommend a little research on your own here but I’d pay a visit to this website: Organic Consumers Association. Heirloom tomatoes just taste better!

So get to planting and I’ll see you in the garden!

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