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    • Vicks Inhaler / Medicine / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      27.10.2015 22:24
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      • "Clears nasal stuffiness"

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      • "A lot of packaging"

      Helps me be a less stuffy person

      Having had Vicks vapour rub applied to the back and front of my chest on many occasions throughout the early years of my life, I was delighted to discover this nasal inhaler once I reached my teens.

      In my opinion this small inhaler is much better than the tub of the spreadable lard-like menthol-smelling substance that I had accepted as being a normal part of life.

      Firstly and most obviously, this inhaler is smaller and therefore very portable. It is easy to store in a handbag, glovebox or even a clothes pocket if necessary.

      Secondly, this inhaler is used almost as close to the "problem" as possible. As a child I believed that the lungs were absorbing Vicks directly through the skin. Once I was older, of course I realised that this is not possible and that the fumes of the Vicks were being inhaled throughout the night.

      Thirdly, this small inhaler is much less messy to use that the product sold in small or large pots.

      When it comes to actual performance - that is, the ability to unblock my stuffy nose - in my experience it is this little plastic vapour distributor that has the upper hand.

      This inhaler is very easy to use. Simply remove the lid, raise the inhaler to the affected nostril, occlude the other nostril and sniff log and hard. If both sides of the nose are affected then simply switch sides and repeat.

      In my experience this inhaler works ver quickly, within a minute or so.

      One word of warning I can offer: do not share inhalers between friends or relatives.

      Recommended.

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    • Car Squeegee Ice Scraper / Car Care / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      27.10.2015 05:24
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      • "Works well"

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      A reliable ice scraper

      Having spent the first decade and a half of my life in Australia, it was a shock to discover ice on my car not too long after I became a resident of London.

      I was used to owning and operating my own car to ensure that it was prepared for hot weather, but I had not previously thought much about the different items I might need living on the other side of the world. I quickly realised that the occasional inclement weather called for a spare blanket or sleeping bag to be stowed in the boot, along with a couple of bottles of deicer and this squeegee ice scraper.

      This ice scraper is manufactured from a sturdy plastic. The handle enables the user to have a good grip on the scraper, which in turn means that the user can clear off ice or dew very easily and without any problem.

      The part of the scraper which comes into contact with the ice is a thin, angled and ridged component. In my experience, this scraper is very easy to use. It cuts through ice well, and leaves little to no ice residue behind on the windshield or windows. There is also almost no moisture left behind on the scraper, which means that the inside of my car (where the scraper is stored) is unlikely to get very wet or have small wet puddles on the floor.

      In summary, this ice scraper is suitable for the removal of ice in gentle cold climates such as East Anglia. I have not used it at great heights or within very heavy snowfalls, so users' miles may vary if this item is used in harsh condtions.

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      27.10.2015 04:37
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      • "Bright colour"
      • "Cleans well"

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      • None

      An inexpensive auto sponge.

      My husband and I have each owned a number of these jumbo car wash sponges. We both prefer to wash our cars by hand ourselves, rather than pay someone else to do it.

      I must admit that I find washing and cleaning my car quite therapeutic. While I prefer not to take shortcuts, I do like for things and life in general to be made easy for me.

      Which brings me to this well constructed, inexpensive and very easy to use jumbo car wash sponge peddled by Halfords under its very own label. It is sold in a no-frills style, clear plastic wrapper.

      My car wash routine is very simple, so this sponge fits in nicely with my cleaning methods. Firstly I wet the car paintwork with tap water. Next I use the jumbo sponge to apply soapy warm water to the paintwork. I do this in a fairly gentle manner, making small circles on the exterior of the car.

      This sponge holds a lot of water, which is useful when applying the clean water to the car but not so useful when I am attempting to clean out the sponge after use.

      The wet sponge cleans my car very well. It simply glides over the exterior surface, collecting dirt and dust as it does so. The sponge does give up the dirt a little less easily, which in turn means that I do need to spend a little time washing and rinsing this sponge.

      In summary, this is a good, oversized sponge that does the job it is designed to do. Recommended.

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    • Breo Sports Watch / Watch / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      26.10.2015 21:09
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      • Waterproof
      • "Cool colours"

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      Fun waterproof watch.

      Of all the watches I have owned, this Breo is one of my favourites, purely for the reason that I feel safe wearing in our swimming pool. Not safe in terms of the watch being able to save me from drowning, but safe in the fact that this is an inexpensive waterproof watch.


      This is a really fun looking digital watch. The band itself is available in a wide range of colors; I have a vibrant pink. I suppose it could also be described as fuschia or hot pink.The band itself is made from rubber, which helps maintain the shape and form of the band. The digital screen is small, but I find it easy enough to read when I’m on the go.

      I like the fact that the watch is waterproof to 50 metres deep, or rather that the manufacturer makes these claims. I however must admit that I cannot refute these claims. However I have dived to the bottom of our outdoor heated swimming pool, to a depth of eleven feet, and have never had any issues or problems with water leaking into the watch face or the battery component being noticeably compromised.

      The size of my wrist is neither large nor particularly small. I can slip this watch on easily enough, but without any apparent risk of it falling off if it becomes caught on my clothing or other item.

      In my opinion, this is a fun and inexpensive watch that does the job I was hoping for it to do.

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      26.10.2015 10:03
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      • "Easy to nurse"

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      Maternity style suitable for pregnancy and more

      With my first pregnancy six years ago, I decided to try out many different types of maternity and nursing clothes. It's surprising just how large a variety there is on the market, and even more so when some of the items may only be worn for a few months. Ultimately my favorite maternity top was one that was flattering and could be worn when both pregnant and soon afterwards, when I was breastfeeding.

      Fast forward five years and I found myself pregnant again and the recipient of several different gently used maternity items. This time round I refused to part with good money for an item that I may only wear once or twice. This meant that I ended up with three favorite tops which I rotated.

      All three were wrap-style tops. I call them cross-over tops, as they are wrap-style but are sewn into shape and form and I don't need to actually do any wrapping. I have a red 3/4 sleeve top, a pink short-sleeved one and finally a yellow floral short-sleeved one. The first two are made of a stretchy, jersey type of fabric and the third is of polyester.

      Throughout my pregnancy these tops stretched with my shape and then in the days afterwards they seems to shrink back down as my body did so. I recall being excited to get rid of all of my pregnancy-only clothes, and then realising that my three most-worn items were actually suitable for breastfeeding, and breastfeeding easily on demand.

      My son is ten months old as I write this, and these three tops are still my most worn items. The wrap style means that the top half of the item can be easily pushed to the side and nursing started almost immediately. I find that sleep bras work best with this type of maternity top, but that is just my preference.

      Finally, these wrap tops are very easy to maintain. They wash well and can be air or machine dried. Looking at them you'd have no idea that they have been worn so often over the past 15 months.

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    • Maternity Swimsuit / Maternity Clothes / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      26.10.2015 05:55
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      • "Encourages swimming when pregnant"

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      • "Can be ill fitting"

      Helps maintain fitness in pregnancy

      Prior to becoming pregnant, I believed that I would be able to maintain a high level of fitness should I become pregnant.

      This was somewhat true in my first pregnancy, when I was 39. I bought very few maternity items but the one item I did not skimp on was a maternity swimsuit. I bought a flattering black two piece that covered my growing curves (aka mountainous belly) well. I wore it in the swimming pool located in the complex where we were living at the time as well as in a local indoor public pool.

      When I was in my teens, I was one of my high school's swimming champions. Of course while this is the actual truth, the fact is that few people were interested in swimming and even fewer could actually swim decently or complete the length of the pool doing butterfly stroke.

      My love of the pool never left me. My confidence in my fitness, my swimming ability and in my new maternity swimsuit meant that I could certainly complete several laps of the pool in my new maternity swimsuit.

      In my opinion, a good maternity swimsuit is also functional after the baby is born. It provides an appropriate method of hiding a post-baby belly (should new mothers wish), and ideally the outfit permits nursing on demand.

      My experience the first time around meant that I knew what I was looking for five years on; a two piece swimsuit that could grow as I did, was comfortable and enabled me to breastfeed my baby as often as necessary.

      In summary, I believe that swimming in pregnancy is a great way to maintain or improve fitness, and that this is best done wearing appropriate swimming attire: a maternity swimsuit.

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      25.10.2015 20:39
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      • "Cool packaging"

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      • "Doesn't whiten teeth"

      Non-whitener of teeth

      Pearl drops

      I first used Pearl drops close to 35 years ago. It was at a time, the late 70s/early 80s where a lot of money was being placed into product advertising. At the time I had a friend with an older sister and whose mother behaved like a partying older sister. They were gorgeous, glamorous and knew all the best products to make a girl beautiful.

      Somehow we figured out that at that time, this product was more about making our teeth seem wonderfully white and less about them being cleaned. We believed that it did not change our teeth but rather make our gums appear more red, providing a contrast to the teeth. Of course I know do believe that I was wrong.

      This product was interesting for two reasons. Firstly at that time there were no competitors and secondly the shape of the bottle was unique.

      The manufacturers suggest using this toothpaste twice a day for three weeks, after which time you should apparently be able to observe a difference in the shade of your teeth. There is a helpful chart provided on the back of the little bottle.

      In my experience, having used this tooth polish intermittently over the past three decades, this polish cleans no worse than regular toothpastes.

      However, in terms of tooth whitening, in my experience as a non-smoking, coffee-free, diet coke drinker, this polish did not make any difference to the colour of my teeth. I have used several different oral care products that whitened my teeth much better than this polish.

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      25.10.2015 15:05
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      • "Easy to grow"
      • "Great scent"

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      • None

      Rosemary in my garden

      Please note that this review relates to the garden plant and not actually to rosemary as an essential oil. I am unsure why the Dooyoo algorithm placed it here.

      I always think of the outdoor plant Rosemary as a gift that keeps on giving. My first rosemary plant was given to me as little more than a stick shoved into an old plastic pot. I was advised to keep a plastic carrier bag over the stick for a least a week, removing it only to water it a very small amount if the weather seemed particularly warm..



      I followed these instructions and soon my little stick was thriving and growing new little twigs and leaves of its own.



      I planted this rosemary close to the back door of my house, which was also near a kitchen window. The leaves always smelled lovely when I brushed past the plant of stroked a small branch.



      I wasn't as attentive to this plant as I should have been, and didn't prune it back on a regularly basis. The plant developed an odd shape as it leaned to one side, became very woody at the base and leggy in other parts.



      Still, it remained a lovely smelling little bush that provided me with fresh cooking herbs when I rosted and baked chicken, and also was the supplier for many cuttings for friends and neighbours.



      In summery, this is an easy to grown and maintain plant that I recommend.

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    • Fenugreek / Plant / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      24.10.2015 13:27
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      • "Large yield"
      • "Easy to grow"

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      • "Husk removal can be fiddly"

      Simple to grow and tasty sprouts

      I have previously described my experiences with Fenugreek seed capsules, which I consumed for the first six months of my daughter's life.

      The annual plant fenugreek has a variety of culinary and non-culinary uses, most noticeably as an agent to stimulate and increase human breast milk production. It is endemic in several countries, including Iraq, India and Egypt.

      Whilst pregnant with my second child I was surprised to discover packets of fenugreek seeds at my local nursery. I had recently bought a sprout planter and was looking for alfalfa and beansprout mixes to try out.

      Once my son arrived I started growing my very own fenugreek sproutlings.

      Fenugreek seeds have quite a hard exterior so require pre-soaking in water that covers them to a depth of three times the seed volume. I do this in a teacup, leaving the seeds to soak overnight. A quick rinse in the morning and then the seeds are ready to be spread sparsely and as evenly as possible on the seed tray.

      The seeds can be grown into plants in the garden or a pot outside. I use my indoor four tray sprouter. I water the sprouts at least twice a day, rotating the bottom most tray to the top prior to watering.

      The fenugreek seedlings usually begin to sprout within 12 hours and are good for use within four to five days. The seed husk is quite bitter so should be removed prior to use. The easiest way to do this, in my opinion, is to place the sprouts in a large (mixing) bowl of cold water, agitate the water then leave to sit for 30 minutes. The husks will sink and the sprouts will float. Repeat this several times.

      Dry the the sprouts with paper towel and place in an airtight Mason jar in the fridge. The sprouts can be stored for use for up to six weeks.

      These sprouts do have an aroma that smells like maple syrup, even in seed format. There really is no mistaking the smell of fenugreek for something else. I adore the taste of fenugreek sprouts, which are slightly tangy and peppery.

      I grow these for use in sandwiches and as a simple, healthy snack to pick at. I am happy that these little sproutlings support my ability to continue breastfeed. Of course it should be noted that consuming fenugreek wont actually cause lactation but only provide some support for women who are already breastfeeding.

      Recommended.

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      22.10.2015 20:47
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      • "Easy all rounder"

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      Easy to use garden hose reel

      I was especially excited when I purchased my third property, which was my first true home. It had a lovely established garden, albeit fairly small. Having grown up with green fingered parents, I was very keen to get going right away.

      I received this Hozelock 2in1 hose reel as a housewarming present from work colleagues. Or rather, I received a handful of vouchers and this was one of the items I bought.

      I particularly enjoy the “English wildflower and cottage garden” look throughout summer as well as the occasional summer vegetable that requires water.

      I chose this 2in1 hose reel because I liked the look of it and the 25 metre long hose pipe is the perfect size for my garden. I have just the one external tap point from where this hose pipe can reach the entirety of my little garden.

      I have the reel resting on the ground, against the house. It is possible to attach it to the wall but I am happy enough with where I leave it.

      This hose reel is quite typical of those available on the market. There is a hose reel, a hose, and various connectors to join the unit to the water source. There is a short piece of hose pipe that connects the water source and the reel section. The water simply flows through this path, through the longer, 25 meters and then onto the garden (or wherever) via the supplied nozzle.

      This unit is very easy to fit. I haven’t had any unwanted leaks at any joints. I really like the way this reel works. It is very easy to pull the hose out and then reel it back in once done.

      Easy to set up, use and pack away.

      Recommended.

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    • Swatch Watches / Watch / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      22.10.2015 19:23
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      • " simple and fun"
      • " stylish"
      • Swiss

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      • "Addiction forming"

      Fun, stylish, Swiss watches.

      Swatch watches

      I have owned several different Swatch watches over the years. I was first introduced to this brand by my younger sister, in the early or mid 1980s. A teenager, it was the first time that I could really identify with a brand of watches. Yes, these Swiss watches were aimed at people like me. I recall the watches costing $50 AUD back then, at a time when my friends and I were all wearing $10 Casio models. Although my Swatch was five times the price, it was 100 times the style.

      My first watch had a removable, colored ring around the face of the watch. The watch was supplied with approximately half a dozen different colored such rings, meaning that the colors could be changed to suit whatever outfit I had chosen to wear. The watch band was also available in single colours. These however could not be changed on my model.

      This battery operated watch was lightweight, kept time well and was robust enough to withstand the knocks and bumps a teenaged girl could dish out. The clock face font was clear and very easy to read.

      This lasted me close to five years, and was eventually passed on to a cousin while still in great working condition.

      This Swatch watch began my small addiction to different watch designs. This expensive habit lasted close to ten years which was well before wrist watches apparently began being known as "time pieces".

      In summary, the Swatch brand offers good craftsmanship and reliability combined with fun watch styles.

      Recommended.

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    • Sensodyne Toothpaste / Oral Care / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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      22.10.2015 15:19
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      • "Reduces cold sensitivity"

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      • None

      Reduces cold-induced tooth and gum discomfort

      Sensodyne toothpaste

      Over my nearly half a century of life, I have used many different toothpaste brands and formulations. All have done their job of cleaning my teeth well enough, but some have obviously done better than others.

      I used this “Repair and Protect” Sensodyne toothpaste in both my pregnancies and for several months afterwards. The pregnancy hormones impacted my gums, causing the formation of crevices at the junction between my teeth and the gums. These are usually temporary during pregnancy, but can cause the teeth to be much more sensitive than usual when eating cold food as well as even when teeth brushing. And so the case was with me.

      I was fortunate enough to receive many free samples of this from my dentist, and used this brand twice daily until I ran out when of course I bought another tube. It is not at all expensive in my opinion, costing anywhere from 99 pence to around two pounds.

      In use.
      This oral hygiene product (as classified by DooYoo) has a gentle minty smell and taste, although immediately after cleaning the taste becomes more of a “medicinal mint” in my opinion. My teeth look and feel clean, and my breath seems fresh afterwards.

      Importantly, I have not ever noticed any discomfort when cleaning my gums with Sensodyne, and my cold sensitivity was much improved. In fairness I should comment that I have not used this product over many years so cannot really comment on the "repair" aspect of it.

      That said, it is still easy for me to recommend this Sensodyne toothpaste based on my experiences.

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    • Johnson's Baby Shampoo / Hair Care / 18 Readings / 18 Ratings
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      18.10.2015 21:55
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      • "Tear free"

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      • "Not very gentle"
      • "Too liquid"

      An ok baby hair product

      I recall my mother using this children’s hair shampoo on my younger sister when I was a child over 40 years ago. Clearly this shampoo must be the product of choice for many people if it has lasted in the market for this long.

      I have two children. When my first was born nearly six years ago, the first baby shampoo product that came to mind was Johnson’s. The bottle style and packaging must have been printed into my memory! To be completely honest, I am not sure why this was the case.

      Back in my day there was no “no more tears” formula. I certainly recall quite clearly the screams of my little sister when the shampoo got near or into her eyes. So I was pleased to discover a “no more tears” formula packaged in the usual golden colored transparent bottle.

      This shampoo is very thin and therefore runny. While not much of the solution is required for a baby or a toddler, being so liquid means that I find it difficult to pour the small amount I intend to use.

      I have used this on my daughter when she was a lot younger, as well as occasionally on my son who is currently ten months old. While the shampoo lathers nicely and seems to clean well enough, I actually find that it is a little too astringent and not as gentle as I would hope for. We have never had any issues regarding skin rashes or any such reactions. It is just that I think that my little ones’ hair has not been as soft as it could be. This was also my own recollection when I used it until around my own tenth birthday.

      With regards to the tear-free formulation, my infant son has never outwardly expressed any discomfort in his eyes when I have used this product on him.

      Do I recommend this product? Not especially. It has been around for a long time so the company must be doing something right. For me, I prefer a more viscous product that screams less of a synthetic colour and one which leaves hair feeling soft.

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        13.10.2015 07:55
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        • " fun"
        • Robust

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        Fun hair clips

        Somehow my now five year old daughter has become a real girly-girl. I first noticed this just before her second birthday, when she started to look at other little girls’ hair clips and hair bands closely. On one particular occasion she had an Oscar-worthy meltdown when I made her leave behind in the shop three hair bands she had been trying on simultaneously.

        Our, or rather our daughter's, hair-care draw in the bathroom is filled with a wide variety of hair accessories. I bought our girl two packets of these butterfly “snap clips” approximately two years ago. Surprisingly, not one has been lost or permanently misplaced. This is probably because our daughter likes wearing these so much that she always wishes to know precisely where they are.

        Hair clips such as these adorable butterfly clips from Claire's have been around for decades, albeit in a much more basic format. This range comes in several colors of butterflies. The butterflies are manufactured from some kind of wire and mesh. They are delicate to look at however in my opinion they must be quite robust given they have withstood my daughter’s manhandling for two years. The butterflies themselves can be manipulated into various positions, which our daughter adores doing. The different poses remain in their "new" pose with no problem.

        These hair accessories stay in well yet they are not so “grippy” as to hurt the wearer. They are easy enough for a child of three or four (and upwards) to put in the hair themselves.

        In summary, it is easy to recommend these fun hair clips.

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      • Tomatoes / Plant / 18 Readings / 16 Ratings
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        09.10.2015 02:34
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        • "Easy to grow"

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        • "An overabundance of fruit"

        Easy food-bearing plant. Love our tomatoes.

        Growing up in semi rural Australia on the edge of my grandfather's 144 acre farm, we had a very large vegetable garden. As a child I spent many hours learning about different vegetables. Of course my favorites were those that were easy to grow, were brightly colored and tasted good.



        Tomatoes fit the bill then and continue to do so now, three decades later. I have lived in my current home for nearly six years. One of the features already built in was a raised garden bed with a built-in sprinkler system. A friend advised me to never plant anything in the garden or do anything to the outside grounds of a house in the first year so that you can better understand which plants and flowers appear throughout the year.



        And so it came to be that our garden bed had six tomato plants, all seemingly to be the “beef” style, and all incredible producers. They were easy to maintain - watered fairly regularly and lightly fertilized once a month. Ultimately the yield was well over 200 pounds of edible tomatoes, many of which I turned into passata.



        Those plants lasted two more years with us, when we received a gift of five different tomato plants, as well as a few other food producers, from a friend who works for a large plant breeder.



        Once again, these tomatoes survived well with little guidance or care from us. I did trim back the leafy foliage intermittently as well as ensure I had supportive frames for them.



        Highly recommended. These are easy plants for anyone to grow, and they produce a delicious fruit.

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