Linda's passion for gardening has encouraged her to write about growing different types of organic vegetables and flowers.
How to Grow Tomatoes
Tomatoes are like potatoes, they are easy to grow and look after. We love growing this vegetable because it is healthy to eat, it is packed with good nutrients and we use it everyday in our cooking or salad. Tomato is not fussy where you grow them as long as the soil is fertile, but they grow well in sunny areas of the garden. Tomatoes need plenty of sunshine and good watering.
If you haven't got enough space in your garden, you can grow them in a container, in a grow bag, in a pot, directly into the soil or in the greenhouse. Last year or the year before, the tomatoes that were planted in the greenhouse did very well and survived while the ones planted on the plots outside got blight. Mind you, we had so much rain last year that didn't help.
This year, the tomatoes are doing well outside the greenhouse and even the ones in the greenhouse too. Hopefully, it will yield much crop this time.
Steps of Growing Tomatoes
There are two ways you can do that I have tried. Plant tomatoes straight into the soil(ground) or grow tomatoes into a seed tray first, then transplant the tomatoes wherever you want later when the tomato seeds are about two to three inches tall.
I want variety this year so I planted some cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, tiger tomatoes and purple tomatoes. The taste of all this tomatoes are all delicious. I have grown the same kind last year as well and so enjoyed them. Try growing every variety or any type of tomatoes that you like to eat and see which grows better in your garden.
Growing Tomatoes Into The Soil or Ground
- Prepare your plots by digging and flattening the top of your plots.
- Make parallel holes(a foot apart from each hole) and put some compost and slow release fertilisers like Grow More or Chicken Pellets and mix them all up.
- Now put at least four or five tomato seeds in the hole but spread them out(thin them out later when they all grow}.
- Cover them lightly with the soil from the sides of the hole and firm them in.
- Water them after and everyday after planting(twice daily when weather is really hot). Just make sure you don't overwater them as the roots rot easily.
How to care for Your Tomatoes after Planting
If it is raining everyday there's no need to water the tomatoes. After you have planted your tomatoes, all you can do is watch them grow and water them everyday or twice a day if needed but not to overwater as the roots will easily rot. Also water it from the bottom or base of the plant so the leaves won't get wet and get damaged.
Feed the tomatoes with liquid fertiliser after a couple of weeks of planting and every other week after. Grow More(slow-release fertilizer) or any tomato liquid fertiliser are good for tomatoes. When side shoots appear in between the leaves and stem, take them out as it will encourage growth and also cut the top of the tomato plant when it is so tall.
As the tomatoes can grow tall, it is better to support them with sticks(canes), twigs or strings to keep them upright. Tie the tomato plant on the stick so that it will stay upright and the fruits won't weigh the tomato plant down. If you grow them in your greenhouse, it is possible to tie them on the roof of your greenhouse.
When watering, try to water from the base of the tomato plant instead of watering from the top of the tomatoes especially when the tomatoes got fruits. Remove also the older leaves at the base of the plant to keep it tidy and encourage growth.
Growing Tomatoes in Containers, Pots or Grow Bags or in your Plots.
- First of all, grow the seeds in a seed tray with good compost.
- When seeds are two or three inches tall, transplant them to the container of your choice.
- Put compost and slow release fertiliser like Grow More or Chicken Pellets in your containers or holes in your plots and mix them all up. Then take 3 or 4 tomato plants and plant them not so close to each other on the container or pot. Firm them in lightly after covering them with compost.
- Water them after and keep watering them everyday, twice daily if the weather is really hot. Just be careful not to put too much water to prevent rotting of the roots.
Tips on Where to get Tomato Seeds or tomato plants or seedlings
- I have learnt that two or three of my colleagues are also gardening enthusiasts like me. So what we do is, every year we exchange plants or give seed plants to each other. What I do is, if there is a new kind or new coloured tomato that I see in the supermarket I will buy that and keep some seeds for planting. I love the cherry, tiger and plum tomatoes for salads. They got nice sweet taste.
- You can buy tomato seeds or tomato plants in garden centers but I find that they are so expensive whereas if I grow it myself it is cheaper or free. I keep tomato seeds every year for planting the next year. If I see some new types of tomatoes from the supermarket, I will buy them and keep the seeds for planting.
- You can also buy tomato seeds or plants in Poundland.
- People with allotments also sale some tomato seeds or tomato plants.
- Amazon also sells tomato seeds.
I wrote this hub based on my personal experience as a gardener. I have learnt a lot from my Aunt and my own father about growing vegetables. In my country(Philippines), people make a living by growing tomatoes in high quantity and make a living out of it. My father still grow tomatoes to sell in the vegetable market.
When to Harvest Tomatoes
Tomatoes are ready to pick when the skin starts to turn red, purple, yellow or even orange in colour. Tomatoes have different colours nowadays and many different varieties. Normally tomatoes are red in colour but there are so many varieties of tomatoes now with different colours of fruits when they mature and ripen. But some people pick them early even if they are green especially when they use them for pickling.
It is best to pick the tomato fruits as soon as they ripen on the tomato tree so that it will produce more fruits.
Uses of Tomatoes
- Tomatoes are used for beauty regime like I use tomato and honey for my face as a cleanser. It makes the skin clear by unclogging the pores. It really makes my skin so smooth and it also lightens the brown skin pigments.
- For most people, tomatoes are used for selling. In my country(Philippines) people make a living out of growing loads of tomatoes and sell them in the vegetable markets. Restaurant owners use tomatoes in their menus a lot.
- Tomatoes are used to treat burns. – When I had burns in my hands before my friend suggested to put a sliced fresh tomato over the burns. It was painful but I did what she said and it worked. It helped alleviate the pain and cools the burns.
- Tomatoes can be eaten raw like a fruit.
- Tomatoes are used for pickling.
- Tomatoes are used for cooking, used in salads, and in sandwiches in most households.
- Tomatoes can be swapped with other vegetables that you don't have. You can swap vegetables with your friends or neighbours if they have potatoes and you don't have them.
Photos of Growing Tomatoes
How to Grow Tomato
- Three Ways of Planting Potatoes
There are different ways or methods on how to plant or grow potatoes. But I am going to write about how I grow my potatoes. Mind you potato is so easy to grow and look after.
Cherry Tomato Seeds
© 2013 Linda Bryen
How to grow tomatoes
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on February 03, 2015:
Hi! thank you peachpurple once again for your comment, spinach is easy to grow and so is tomato. Tomato growing is so easy.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 03, 2015:
i have tried growing spinach, not tomatoes yet, great hub
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on November 14, 2014:
Thank you askformore lm, for your kind comment. I just love growing tomatoes
askformore lm on November 13, 2014:
Thanks for a fine hub. Thumbs up!
Growing tomatoes is almost always a success, so it is a great venture for children. They will love to eat their own produce.
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on October 29, 2014:
Hi! Maureen, doesn't time fly. Here in the South of England it started raining again so all the tomatoes that were about to ripen had all gone brown. Mind you, I left it a bit late this year planting tomatoes but I had good crops of climbing beans this year and of course my favourite veg Pak Choi and lettuce. Thank you for your comment once again.
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on October 29, 2014:
Hi! Maureen, I am glad that this hub help you in some way. For us here in the South of England, it is time to pack up gardening except for some winter plants. Thanks for your comment again.
travmaj from australia on October 28, 2014:
Goodness Linda - it's that time of the year again. Time to plant some veges and this weekend will buy some tomato plants. So I will be constantly referring to this excellent piece. Thanks again...
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on April 05, 2014:
Thank you suzzycue for your kind comment. I just
Love tomatoes. I plant tomatoes every year because I just can't get enough of them. I love the purple tomatoes.
Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on April 05, 2014:
Great photos of your tomatoes. I like to grow grape tomatoes. I just plant the whole tomato and get lots of plants. I also plant roma and heritage tomatoes because I love all the different colors and they taste great. I am a tomato lover good Hub.
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on November 12, 2013:
Thank you, Thelma for reading my hub, I hope it helps you. Hi! Thelma, are you and your families okay after the strong typhoon? I hope so.
Thelma Alberts from Germany on November 12, 2013:
I have just planted tomatoes in my garden and this time I know what to do. Last year, I planted tomatoes but I was not successful due to lack of knowledge on my part. Thanks for sharing your hub Kababayan. Have a lovely day!
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on October 26, 2013:
Thank you TurtleDog for reading my hub about growing tomatoes. I hope that my hub is of help to you. Good luck.
TurtleDog on October 26, 2013:
Thanks for the tips. I tried growing on my balcony and it was a disaster but I think this will inspire me to try again. Thanks
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on August 26, 2013:
Hello! travmaj, thank you for visiting my hubs again and for your kind comments. Hope you have success in planting your tomatoes.
travmaj from australia on August 26, 2013:
Hi liesl - this is just in time for me - we are growing our produce this year and it's almost tomato time - so fingers crossed. Haven't chosen them yet but I will refer to your hub. Thank you and good to know you've had a good summer - cheers...
Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on August 25, 2013:
Me too Sean, I just love growing anything really. Thank you for your kind comment and for reading my hub.
Sean Evans from GTA on August 24, 2013:
Nice article. I love growing Tomatoes. I usually stick to beefsteak and these little cherry tomatoes ones called something 100's I think.