If you love watching Korean dramas, you must be familiar with Song Hye Kyo. The Descendants of The Sun star, also the ex-wife of actor Song Joong Ki, doesn’t seem to age. Her beauty looks even more charming with every passing day.
The actress will be celebrating her 40th birthday next month. But still, she looks like she’s in her 20s. According to Song Hye Kyo, the secret to her ageless beauty comes from good eating habits.
Citing some sources, what keeps her facial skin always looks smooth, glowing and supple is a healthy list of dishes. She always makes sure to have tomatoes, berries, green vegetables, fish, eggs, and dark chocolate in her daily menu.
Looking forever young like Song Hye Kyo? Let’s grow this at home!
If you want to have healthy, glowing, and beautiful skin like her, you should start watching your food intake, mainly by consuming healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits. You can grow some of the fruits and vegetables that the actress consumes in your backyard or balcony.
Take tomatoes for example. You can plant this fruit directly in the ground, in a pot, or using the verticulture method. Aside from tomatoes, you can also grow several types of berries such as strawberry and blueberry at home.
You can plant strawberries in pots and arrange them as decorations on your balcony. But you have to remember that strawberries need enough sunlight, require a planting medium that is full of nutrients and has a fairly acidic soil PH. Strawberry is also a type of plant that requires good watering
As for blueberries, you can plant them directly in the ground or in pots. Identical with its blue color, blueberry is a type of plant that gathers to form some kind of bush. This plant requires sufficient sunlight, acidic soil PH level and good watering. When it starts to bear fruits, you have to start protecting the fruits from some pests that might attack them.
In addition to fruits, you can also grow green vegetables at home, such as spinach, water spinach, lettuce, and bok choy.
Growing tomatoes with verticulture system
You don’t need a large space to grow Song Hye Kyo’s healthy snacks. If you want to grow tomatoes or strawberries at home, you can try the verticulture method.
The method is similar to vertical farming where you can set up a vertical-trellis like system and can maximize the space at home. You can use pots, plastic bottles or paralon as planting media.
The first step you need to prepare is the soil that will be filled into the planting media, bottles or other used containers.
But before that, you must be aware of the level of soil fertility. We recommend you to use a mixture of compost and ecofert fertilizer to help fertilize the soil. This is because tomatoes are plants that require loose and fertile soil with a PH of 5.5 – 7.
Next is planting. Make sure you have good seeds so that the tomatoes you plant can produce good fruits. Tomatoes are vines and can reach a height of 3 meters, but they will not reach that height when applying a verticulture method. Therefore, you need to build stakes on each planting medium, so that the tomatoes can grow strong and will not collapse.
When your tomato plants are still young, watering is very important to do. You can water the plants two times a day in the morning and evening. You should also pay attention to the soil moisture. If the soil still feels moist, you don’t need to water it, because too much water can also cause disease in tomatoes.
Next you have to be wary of pests that might attack your tomato plants. Pests that can attack tomatoes include earthworms, armyworms, fruit caterpillars, aphids, fruit flies, and nematodes. To overcome this problem, you can use insecticides or other chemicals. But you must pay attention to the dosage so they will not harm your tomatoes.
Another thing you can’t miss is fertilization. You can apply fertilizer once in 2 weeks with a dose of 1 tablespoon of NPK on each tree. One thing you have to remember, tomatoes need more P (phosphorus) than N (nitrogen). So, you have to be able to control the fertilizer you use. You also need to cut new shoots. When the tomatoes begin to bear fruit, cutting the shoots is needed so that the quality of the fruit becomes better.
Now you know how to grow tomatoes with the verticulture method. By growing some fruits and vegetables at home, hopefully you can eat more healthy foods and stay forever young like Song Hye Kyo. Good luck!
Written by: Renat Sofie