Grow Your Tomatoes
• Grow From Seed
• Store-Bought Plants
• Container Growing
• In the Garden
• Tomato Pests
• Tomato Diseases
• Heirloom or Hybrid
• Popular Varieties
• Companion Planting
• Grow Lights
• Saving Your Seeds
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Site Last Updated August 3, 2009.
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How to grow tomatoes.Welcome to my site! Look around and see what you can learn. Whether you're completely new to tomato growing, or you're just looking for more info and advice, I think you will find what you need here.
I have created separate pages on this site for different categories of tomato growing. You can start from scratch and plant your own tomato seeds, or you can just pick up a few store-bought tomato plants.
Tomatoes are easy to grow. Provide them with enough water, fertile soil, and sunlight, and you will be harvesting your own tomatoes that are far better than store-bought tomatoes.
Choosing what kind of tomatoes to grow can be difficult. There are several thousand available tomato varieties, and you won't find many of them at the nursery. I will show you some popular varieties that are known for outstanding taste, and some that are known for huge production. In fact, I have several lists of popular varieties, grouped by taste, production, type, size, etc.
Seed or seedling?
Before you go choosing your varieties, you should decide whether you want to grow from seed or grow from store-bought plants. Growing from seed allows you to choose from many more varieties, as your local nurseries may have only a few different tomato varieties to choose from. Growing from store-bought plants will limit your options, but saves time and money and is much easier.
Growing from seed
While growing your tomatoes from plants you purchased at the nursery is much easier, growing tomatoes from seed is more rewarding and allows you to choose virtually any variety you want. However, it does cost more time and money.
You will need to start seeds indoors several weeks before you plant them in the garden. The young tomato plants will need a good light source (windows generally don't provide enough light for tomatoes to grow well, although it is possible to use them as a light source). A cheap fluorescent shop light is the best option for light, and you will also need containers and good potting soil. I personally prefer growing from seed.
Growing from nursery plants (seedlings)
Young plants that haven't matured are called seedlings. If you buy tomato plants at Lowe's, Home Depot, your local nursery, etc., you save money and a lot of time. However, you are at the mercy of whatever they have in stock.
Either way you grow them, the bottom line is that you can still grow healthy tomato plants that produce delicious tomatoes. You will be rewarded for your work when you start bringing in the harvest of fresh-picked, truly vine-ripened tomatoes that will replace the nasty supermarket tomatoes.
You choose how you want to grow your tomatoes. Use the menu on the left side of this Web site to navigate the site and learn everything you need to know about growing your own tomatoes.
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