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Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Sun and a stick - that’s all you need.

  • Satisfying, tasty and fun to grow, especially for kids
  • It doesn’t get any easier than this: plant in late May in a sunny spot.
  • Feeling adventurous? There loads of different varieties to try out.
  • Relish the superb home-grown flavour that goes with everything.

Complete growing directions

  1. Buy some tomato seedlings. ‘Cordon’ types are best as they grow up to 5 feet tall and so keep your tomatoes away from pests.
  2. Hint: three plants will produce a lot of tomatoes in a good year so don’t sow too many unless you have loads of friends.
  3. Plant 3 plants equally spaced in a growbag and water them.
  4. Tie the plants to stakes if they need support as they grow.
  5. Once flowers start to form, take a good look at the plants. You will see little side shoots that are not carrying flowers coming out at the points where main leaves are attached to the stem. You should pinch these off to give your tomatoes the best chance of ripening.

Alternative method: you can grow tomatoes in 12 inch pot (one plant in each pot) or directly in the soil in your garden (18 inches apart).

Watering
  1. The easiest way to tell if something needs watering is with your finger: poke it into the soil to test.
  2. If the soil is damp just under the surface, don't water. If it is dry up to the first crease of your finger then you need to water.
  3. Seeds and seedlings need care when watering – use a fine-head watering can so you don't over-water them.
  4. It is better to water well infrequently than to sprinkle a little every day.
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Tomatoes

All about Tomatoes

  • Plant: Late April
  • Harvest: August–October
  • Container: Growbag
    (alternative container: pot, the ground)
  • Location: Outdoor space
    (alternative location: garden)
  • What to sow: Plant