Growing vegetables in your garden is not much different than growing any other plant or flower.  You don’t need any more space  than you do for flowers and many vegetables are actually a lot less work than growing flowers.  One of the first vegetables that amateur gardeners try and grow are tomatoes (yes, we know they are technically fruits).  There is nothing like cooking with fresh ripe tomatoes fresh from your garden.  Tomatoes are easy to grow and you can even grow them in pots.  Let’s have a look at what you need to do to grow a bumper crop of tomatoes.

What Type of Tomatoes

First things first, there are a huge variety of tomatoes and not all of them grow in the same type of soil.  They need different amounts of sunlight and water, some thrive indoors and others don’t.  You want tomatoes that will thrive in the conditions that you have.  You are going to want to check the instructions on the packages of seeds before you plant them.  If you are buying seedlings from a nursery then check with the staff before you pick the wrong ones.

Where and When

Where you live and the time of year that you plant makes a huge difference too, in the south it is sunny and warm throughout the year and that gives you the chance to grow tomatoes in a sunroom.  The further north you go the less sunlight you get in the winter months, so even if you have a warm sunroom you may not get enough daylight for your tomatoes to thrive.

Caring for Tomato Plants

Tomatoes like any other plant need water and good soil.  Tomatoes should get at least an inch of water every week and if you are growing them in containers then it should have holes in the bottom so that the water can drain.  If water accumulates around the roots of the tomato plants then you end up with root rot.  If you are growing them in pots then you don’t want to use ordinary potting soil instead you need a mixture of perlite, vermiculite and sphagnum.

Growing tomatoes really isn’t as hard as you think, that is why they are one of the most popular crops.  There is nothing that tastes quite as delicious as a good tomato sauce that you made yourself with tomatoes from your own garden.