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Enjoy fresh tomatoes throughout the year!

Growing your own vegetables can be an extremely rewarding experience. It may be worth consulting a gardener who can advise you on the best position in your garden, what soil type you have, etc. If you need to find a gardener, visit MyHammer for advice. You can, however, quite easily do it yourself and enjoy fresh, home grown tomatoes taste that little bit sweeter! Below are some tips on growing your own.


Outdoors or indoors?

The first question to ask is: outdoors or indoors? If you’re planning to grow your tomatoes outdoors, the variety needs to be resilient to cooler conditions. Many gardeners recommend bush varieties for outdoor growth. Varieties such as cordon or cherry tomatoes are good for indoor growing.
It is generally best to sow the seeds indoors and a propagator tray is a good tool for facilitating germination of seeds. By placing a lid on the trays, you help maintain a constant level of air humidity around the plant which is important for healthy germination.

Protect the seedlings from the elements

Once the seeds start germinating and reach about an inch in height, you should transfer them to a seed tray and keep them in either a propagator or in a mild sheltered environment e.g. a window sill. If the seedlings are being grown in a greenhouse, it is important to make sure that they are protected from the elements, in particular any late frosts.
Once they start producing leaves you can transplant the flowers to larger pots to give the roots plenty of space to spread. Once planted, the leaves should be just above the surface level of the soil. Take off any stems towards the base of the plant and bury it deep so that the first shoots are just above the surface of the soil.

Use compost for healthy growth

If you are planting your tomatoes in the earth, you can mix in some compost to ensure that the young plants have the essential nutrients for a healthy growth. If you are planting them in pots, you can simply use some standard potting compost. Tomato plant roots grow outwards so it is important to use wide pots with lots of room for root growth. Where you grow your tomatoes is also an important consideration. Pick somewhere in your garden where they will be sheltered but also receive as much sunshine as possible; do the same if you are growing the tomatoes on a balcony or in a window box.

Water the plants regularly!

Tomato plants need lots of water. Too much water, however, can result in reducing air to the roots. Try not to leave plants sitting in water as they become susceptible to fungal infection. Water them regularly and try to ensure that the soil around the stem is kept moist. Avoid letting them dry out completely. If they do, you risk blossom end rot, which is essentially a lack of calcium.

Some additional tips

An additional point worth mentioning is feeding tomatoes. A juicy tomato crop needs essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium. You can deliver these nutrients by mixing feed with the water that you give the plants. It is advisable to avoid feeding them too much before they start bearing fruit, although a little is ok (maybe half the recommended dosage on the packet). Once the plants are bearing fruit you can feed them more often but “little and often” is the best policy.
If you are really unsure about growing tomatoes, it might be worth asking an experienced gardener. They will be able to point you in the right direction and certainly get you on the road to growing your own succulent tomatoes.

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