Growing Tomatoes


Tomatoes are one of the most popular plants to grow at home for cooking and eating. The classification of the tomato can be a contentious issue and its use in savoury cooking means that it is often referred to by budding cooks as being a vegetable, however scientifically speaking the tomato is a fruit because it develops from the ovary in the base of the flower. Growing tomatoes can be very rewarding because they are relatively easy to grow even in gardens or spaces that are extremely limited.


Growing Tomatoes

Planting the tomato plant at the right time, feeding it properly, and caring for your tomato plant will ensure that you enjoy juicy tomatoes that are healthy and great tasting.

This video tells you more about growing your tomato seedlings in tubs and grow bags.


Growing Conditions

  • Frost is the most common killer of the garden tomato plant so be absolutely certain that the last frost of the year has passed. Leave it a couple of weeks just to be sure that a surprise frost doesn’t strike.
  • The tomato plant will typically grow best in temperatures well above freezing and if this isn’t possible then you should consider growing your tomato plant indoors or in a green house.
  • Tomatoes will benefit from hotter months but they do need plenty of water for the best results.

Compost And Food

  • Using the right compost will help with early growth and continued development of the tomatoes.
  • Tomatoes need a lot of nitrogen and you can buy special tomato compost or grow bags that are designed especially for use in growing tomatoes.
  • Once the plants begin to grown and the tomatoes appear, you can add further plant food in order to help further supplement the nitrogen that is required for your tomato crop to flourish.