Each year I plant up one of my vegetable gardens with tomatoes, usually with three different varieties.  Today I have some simple tips on how to to plant a beautiful veggie garden, in time to enjoy your home grown tomatoes for Summer.

How to grow tomatoes

Tomatoes are so good for you, they are rich in nutrients and antioxidants.  I love to grow my own tomatoes because a home grown tomato will taste so much better than a store bought one.

There are so many varieties of tomatoes to choose from, I usually choose three different plants from my local nursery.

This year I have planted:

  • Floriana Sweet Bite
  • Floriana Tommy Toe
  • A large Patio Tomato

How to grow tomatoes

What you will need for your tomatoes:

  • A vegetable garden with soil
  • A trellis/support frame for your tomato to climb on
  • Pots
  • Liquid fertiliser
  • Pea Straw
  • Gardening tools/hand shovel.
  • Watering can

How to grow tomatoes

Planting

Plant your tomatoes in October.  I have just planted mine this week, I find it depends on the how the weather is.  If it is still a bit cold I will wait till the temperature is a bit warmer.  Ideally some time mid October.  Don’t leave it too late because you want lots of tomatoes ripening in time for summer.

Tomatoes love full sun and to be protected from the wind.  My vegetable gardens have a boxed hedge planted around each of them.  The boxed hedges help protect my veggies from the hot winds in summer.

 Growing in Pots

Most tomatoes can be grown in pots.  Usually when you are choosing a tomato plant the information on the tag will tell you if it is suitable for growing in a pot.

Remember to water more regularly as potted plants will dry out quicker.

How to grow tomatoes

Trellis/Support

Tomatoes are a vine fruit and they will need to be supported by a trellis. There are many options available at your local nursery or hardware store.

I have placed a circular wire support over each of my tomatoes.  Take care to check the growth of the tomato bush so you can place each vine through the support frame as it grows.

How to grow tomatoes

Water

After planting your tomatoes water them in well and cover with mulch or pea straw.  Keep the soil around your tomatoes moist.  I usually water my tomatoes everyday as the weather warms up.

What have you planted in your vegetable garden this season?