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How to grow Tomatoes

Planting Months

Late March - May

Harvest Months

June - September
Image of Tomato plant with flowers

The amount of tomato plants a family of four will need varies on how many tomatoes you eat and what you want to do with your tomatoes. We currently have 41 for a season. However we make a lot of preserves with them so need more for that. If you are only using them in salads and sauces you will probably need about 1-4 plants per person generally.

There are two types of tomatoes commonly know as cordon and bush plants. The cordon varieties grow along a support such as a bamboo stick. The bush plants can be grown in pots and baskets. Cordon plants need to be trained which we will have a link once we are doing it ourselves for the season.

Growing tips

They can be started indoors in small pots from around February-March and then planted outside once they are ready and after the last frost which depends on your location and weather conditions.

The cordon varieties need to be planted around 18 inches apart if possible and around 2-3 plants to a grow bag. For bush tomatoes they need to be planted around 18-24 inches apart.

If you are growing tomatoes under cover such as greenhouses or polytunnels you will need to pollenate your plants by hand. You can do this by shaking the flowers when appear.

Maintenance

In terms of watering, tomato plants need constant watering and it is best not to let the soil dry out. Be careful not to make them sodden. If you let them get sodden they can get blossom end rot. They need regular watering most days and even twice on hot days. If growing in grow bags the soil will dry out quicker than the ground.

Feeding the tomatoes is best once the first truss appears, which is the first fruit body. They can be fed specific tomato feed or chicken manure pellets and even a lot of other fertilizers.

In terms of pruning it is best to be shown and we have a link below that shows the best way to prune the plants. It is a good idea to prune to get the most out of your plants.

How to grow Tomatoes

Image of Tomato plant with flowers

Planting Months

Late March - May

Harvest Months

June - September

The amount of tomato plants a family of four will need varies on how many tomatoes you eat and what you want to do with your tomatoes. We currently have 41 for a season. However we make a lot of preserves with them so need more for that. If you are only using them in salads and sauces you will probably need about 1-4 plants per person generally.

There are two types of tomatoes commonly know as cordon and bush plants. The cordon varieties grow along a support such as a bamboo stick. The bush plants can be grown in pots and baskets. Cordon plants need to be trained which we will have a link once we are doing it ourselves for the season.

Growing tips

They can be started indoors in small pots from around February-March and then planted outside once they are ready and after the last frost which depends on your location and weather conditions.

The cordon varieties need to be planted around 18 inches apart if possible and around 2-3 plants to a grow bag. For bush tomatoes they need to be planted around 18-24 inches apart.

If you are growing tomatoes under cover such as greenhouses or polytunnels you will need to pollenate your plants by hand. You can do this by shaking the flowers when appear.

Maintenance

In terms of watering, tomato plants need constant watering and it is best not to let the soil dry out. Be careful not to make them sodden. If you let them get sodden they can get blossom end rot. They need regular watering most days and even twice on hot days. If growing in grow bags the soil will dry out quicker than the ground.

Feeding the tomatoes is best once the first truss appears, which is the first fruit body. They can be fed specific tomato feed or chicken manure pellets and even a lot of other fertilizers.

In terms of pruning it is best to be shown and we have a link below that shows the best way to prune the plants. It is a good idea to prune to get the most out of your plants.