TURBOCHARGE YOUR TOMATOES WITH ASPIRIN
EXTRA SWEET SQUASH (BY DOING NOTHING)
RED MULCH GIVES STRAWBERRIES SUPERPOWERS
A SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO AWESOME STUFF TO GROW
GROW FOR FLAVOUR
COPYRIGHT JAMES WONG 2017
Unbelievably, spraying a dilute solution of aspirin onto your tomato plants (we are talking half a soluble tablet per litre of water) is capable of causing their sugar content to soar one and a half times and boost their Vitamin C content 50%.
This treatment can even make your plants more resistant to cold, drought and (not that we'll ever need it in the UK) heat stress too. According to one trial this can even result in a 47% less incidence of late blight, the scourge of tomato growers,
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This works as aspirin is a close chemical copy of the plant stress hormone, salicylic acid, which turns on the genes that regulate their defence systems.
The more stress a plant 'thinks' it is under, the more sugars are redirected to the developing fruit in a bid to make them irresistable to passing animals. Plants do this to ensure their seeds have the maximum chance of being dispersed to save the next generation, but it conveniently makes for tastier salad too!
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