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How to Grow Tomatoes on Your Porch

In 1983, with doctors unable to cure me, I studied the human body and diet. Since then, food as medicine has been a strong interest.

The Lazy Gardener Grows Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes can be as quick and easy as cutting open a tomato and throwing the seeds in a sunny patch of soil! The bush will sprout in no time at all. I have a friend who grows a vegetable garden exactly like that. Whether it's butternut or grapes - anything with a seed, she simply scatters the seeds! No gardening necessary. That said...

Technically while tomatoes generally need a warm climate, there are ways around that, including growing them in a greenhouse or a small hydroponic pot with special lights obtainable from Ikea.

Heirloom or Heritage Tomatoes Have Not Been Genetically Modified

They come in all colors  black, green, purple, red, and orange - just to name a few.

They come in all colors black, green, purple, red, and orange - just to name a few.

Tomatoes are the Easiest Food to Grow.

If you eat a lot of them, and if you live in a sunny climate, there's no reason why you shouldn't have a pot just outside your door (or even one on our porch) so that you can just step outside and pick them when you need them. Home grown tomatoes will also have fewer pesticides.

Home Grown is Cheaper, Healthier, and More Convenient

Home grown tomatoes taste differently to shop grown tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes are currently the most popular. That's because they have not been genetically modified. You can grow some all year round, so it's a matter of stepping outside your door and picking them off the tomato bush. Here's a step by step guide on how to grow this salad vegetable. Technically, by the way, tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable.

The deputy director of science of Kew Gardens in London, Monique Simmonds said that tomatoes bought in stores are often mass produced specifically for their appearance, thereby losing out on other properties like taste and nutrients.

Professor Monique Simmonds, deputy director of science at Kew, claimed mass-market tomatoes are often bred for their appearance rather than quality, that herbicides are used and that they are harvested early and artificially ripened to improve shelf life.

Pot Grown Tomatoes Can Be Grown On the Porch

You CAN produce healthier, homegrown tomatoes even if you donât have a garden or a yard!

You CAN produce healthier, homegrown tomatoes even if you donât have a garden or a yard!

Protecting Your Tomatoes From Frost!

Tomatoes are best grown in warm soil and in a climate where there is no frost. So if you're living in a very cold climate, it's best to grow them in a greenhouse if your porch isn't protected. Tomatoes need sunny days so chose your spot carefully. They can also grow indoors with some special lighting. Ikea produces a great product!

Best Plant Pots for Tomatoes

  1. Chose a large pot as the root system is intricate and spreads quickly. You can also select a hanging container which is specifically designed for tomatoes. When the plant grows too large for the pot (the roots will start becoming visible, then it's time to depot and re-pot. You simply remove the entire plant from one pot and pot into a larger pot.
  2. Your plant pot should have a good drainage system (pop stones at the bottom of the pot) because this plant needs water as soon as the soil becomes dry.
  3. For hanging containers, pick a bush that has a smaller fruit.
  4. Also remember that tomatoes grow on bushes so go for a pot that will be able to hold the weight of the bush when it grows larger.

You can learn more about growing a tomato in a hanging pot here.

Grow Tomatoes Even if You Live in a Cold Climate!

IKEA’s indoor hydroponic gardens – ranging from one to three tier cultivation units – allowing you to grow vegetables in your very own kitchen without soil.

IKEA’s indoor hydroponic gardens – ranging from one to three tier cultivation units – allowing you to grow vegetables in your very own kitchen without soil.

Different Types of Tomato Bushes, Vines, and Seeds

There are plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, heritage tomatoes, beafsteak tomatoes, and grape tomatoes. There are green tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, and red tomatoes. In fact, there are something like 7500 different species of this plant.

There are also bushes and vines. Vines tend to produce fruit sequentially and at different times while bushes tend to blossom in bunches simultaneously. If you do chose to get a vine, then make sure that your plant pot has a trellis of some sort so that the vine can creep up it.

The most popular home grown tomato is heritage because they have never been genetically modified, come in all shapes and sizes and colours, and are indeterminate so the bush will produce great tasting tomatoes every few days for the entire year. They are perennial!

Also look for an indeterminate tomato seed as they grow all year round and produce tomatoes consecutively rather than all at the same time.


In bullet form, here it is. :)

  1. Select which type will grow best in your environment and will best serve your needs.
  2. Purchase seeds. Make sure to ask the storekeeper if the seeds are younger than four years old. You don't want dud seeds.
  3. Purchase pot, soil,fertilizer, container to germinate seeds, and watering can.
  4. Plant them in spring! So in the northern hemisphere, that's about April and in the southern hemisphere, that's about October.
  5. Chose your spot carefully. It should be frost free in winter and have sun in the summer and the winter.
  6. Put moist soil into germinating tray. Make furrows. Put seeds in about a quarter inch deep and half an inch apart. Cover with soil and water.
  7. Make sure the place is warm and that there is either a strong electric light or sunlight.
  8. It takes about a week for them to germinate, i.e. for the stem and the plant to sprout above the ground.
  9. It takes about a month for them to begin to look like a plant! That means that the leaves have begun to show.
  10. Now's the time to transfer each seed to its pot. In order to so do, use a small spade to remove each seedling/sprout from the container and transplant into the bigger pot. Remember that the pot must contain a good soil with fertilizer. Sometimes you can buy a pot plant mix but you will still need to buy a fertilizer as most potting mixes are devoid of nutrients. A slow release fertilizer works best. Water about fifteen minutes after you have transplanted them into their new container.
  11. Your tomato vine or bush will grow best with a rich and warm soil, great sunlight, and lots of room for its root system. Happily, the more you pick your tomatoes, the more they'll grow for you, so you will always have an abundant crop!

Tomato Salads are Delicious, Quick to Make, and Healthy

Have you ever grown anything before

So Now You Are an Expert Home Gardener!

The taste of any home grown fruit or vegetable is far more rich in nutrients than that bought in a store. As you successfully navigate the wonders of becoming a gardener, you'll grow more and more veggies. Not only will you save a bunch of money, but you will be healthier as well.

Tomatoes taste wonderfully sweet when they are home grown. Chose the right type of tomato, a nice pot, a sunny spot, and you're on your way to a plentiful supply of great tasting tomatoes all year round. And it's so easy! Here's a step by step turotial to grow tomatoes. Not only will you save a bucket of money, but you will have an organic, highly nutritional addition to your dinner table!

Growing the Best Tasting Tomatoes Ever on Your Porch!

Growing tomatoes indoors or on your porch saves you money and makes you healthy...

When the great depression struck, most people were living in rural areas and so could grow quite a bit of their own food. These days, most people stay in cities and the only way to lower food costs is to grow food in your garden, or if you’re living in an apartment, grow food on your porch. One of the easiest food items to grow is tomatoes, and most people buy, at least, a few tomatoes each week, as they are very useful and tasty. However, there’s an even better reason to grow tomatoes on your porch, and that is the taste. Home grown tomatoes have a taste that has long been lost to storekeepers – with the exception of Heritage Tomatoes. So if you want to know how to grow tomatoes on your porch without breaking a sweat, read on!

When to Grow Tomatoes on the Porch

Tomatoes will die if they are exposed to frost. So your porch needs to be protected from harsh elements and the soil needs to be somewhat warmer than cold! Actually, the warmer the soil, the better your tomatoes will grow, and the tastier they will be. If you own a greenhouse, they produce wonderful tomatoes. If not, you will need to select an area where there’s plenty of light as tomatoes love light.

Types of Containers Best Used to Grow Tomatoes on Your Porch
Tomatoes can have a pretty extensive root system so the more soil you provide for them to spread their roots, the better your plant. That said, there are many different types of containers from which you can grow tomatoes. You can grow tomatoes in any type of container on the ground, or you can use a hanging pot to grow them. The larger the container, the greater spread the roots have, and that makes for a very large, tasty tomato, and lots of them! Growing tomatoes in a hanging basket requires a little more care and one has to select a smaller variety of tomato. When growing indeterminate tomatoes (they produce tomatoes one after the other instead of blossoming all at one time), it’s best to have a longish shaped container that stands up against a wall, or has sticks placed as these tomato plants are vines – not bushes.

How to Grow Tomatoes in a Hanging Basket

Tomatoes can be grown in many ways. They are very versatile. Growing a tomato plantin a hanging basket not only provides you with a tasty meal but makes a highly decorate statement!

There are Many Different Types of Tomatoes

There are many different types of tomatoes. I’m sure you’ve heard of plum tomatoes, heritage tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, beafsteak tomatoes, and grape tomatoes. Did you know that there were about 7500 types of tomatoes? Commercially grown tomatoes which tend to be hybrids of two or three different types do not taste as delicious as heritage tomatoes.

In addition, the tomatoes on a bush blossom simultaneously while tomatoes on a vine blossom at different times. As a home grower, one would probably want a crop that gives a fresh batch of tomatoes every few days, so the latter is probably the better choice. In addition, tomatoes are an annual plant which means that once they have blossomed (produced their fruit), they die.

Currently, the most popular choice of tomatoes is the Heritage tomato. This is because the taste is out of this world and because they are indeterminate, which means that they produce new fruit every few days. They also don’t die once they produce, i.e. they are perennial rather than annual.

How Much Work is it to Grow Tomatoes?

There is a little bit of work involved in growing tomatoes. Firstly, you have to plant the seeds. Secondly, you have to check that the soil is moist all the time and water them when it is not. Thirdly, you have to ensure that they are getting sunlight, and if you can only ensure that it’s morning sun or afternoon sun, you will need to move the container around during the days. The more sunshine there is, the more tomato plants thrive! Also, if you’re growing from seed, you first need to germinate your tomato seeds, and once they have sprouted, you will replant them in a large container.

Growing Tomatoes on Your Porch

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Step by Step Tutorial on How to Grow Tomatoes on Your Porch

  1. Firstly, if you’re growing from seed, you can put a lot of seeds into a container, about an 1/8 inch deep and a few inches apart. You also need to use a soil that is specially prepared for seeding; this can be bought at a nursery. You will need to ensure that the soil is always moist and that the soil temperature is always warm. It will take about two months for the seeds to germinate, and it is at this point that they can be removed from their container and put into the large container.
  2. Select a sunny spot that will get sun during the day time, be it winter or summer. If you are living in a northern climate where it is too cold to grow tomatoes outdoors on the porch, then take them inside and get fluorescent grow light bulbs and keep them on so that the plants get lots of light. Tomatoes need lots of light. The best temperature to grow tomatoes is seventy degrees.
  3. Ensure that your container is wide and deep and that you can keep the soil in a constant state of moisture. So there should be good drainage. Tomatoes always need a good deal of water so if you choose to grow two or more tomatoes in one container, you will need to water two or three times more than you would if you only had one tomato plant in a container.
  4. Put well fertilized soil into the container. Most potting soil does not contain fertilizers, so if it doesn’t, then you need to feed the soil in which your tomatoes are growing with a weekly dose of fertilizer. It is better if the fertilizer is a slow release fertilizer and, of course, there are fertilizers that are used specifically for tomatoes, so it’s best to invest in these.
  5. The trick to having successful tomato plants is to permit them to have lots of moisture, heat, sunlight, and a deep root system. So when you plant the seedlings that have sprouted, put the first two or three levels of leaves underneath the soil, leaving the rest above ground. Plant about eighteen inches apart if you don’t give each tomato plant their own pot.
  6. Water them with warm water about ten or fifteen minutes after you have planted them. This helps them to settle.
  7. Keep the soil moist at all times and ensure that they have strong light. Harvest them when they are ready as the more you harvest, they more they produce more fruit.

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Now You Know How to Grow Tomatoes on Your Porch

You'll Never Regret Growing the Best Tasting Tomatoes Ever!

Growing tomatoes on your porch can be the beginning of something grand. As you learn about growing plants, it becomes addictive. Ask any gardener! However, more than that, the difference in taste is so immense that soon you will be growing cucumbers, lettuce and spinach, all of which can be grown quite successfully on your porch!

© 2015 Tessa Schlesinger


Tessa Schlesinger (author) on August 15, 2016:

Aha, thank ou Shyron. :) Much appreciated. I love home grown tomatoes. They genuinely do taste much better. :)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 15, 2016:

Tessa, the pictures of the tomatoes in the pot make me want to grow them on my patio. I love tomatoes and we use to have a garden but we have an open yard not fenced in and all the animals ruin our garden.

Blessing my friend.

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