While all fruit and vegetables taste better picked fresh from your own garden, tomatoes are in a league of their own. To have that bounty of tasty tomatoes, mid spring is the time to get planting. Tomato seedlings are widely available now at garden centres and in the garden section of your local hardware store. There are many different varieties including those with large fruit, small fruit and tomatoes that are different colours and shapes – so choose several to enliven mealtimes.
Tomatoes need a warm, sunny spot to grow and most need some sort of support such as a stake which should be placed next to the seedlings at planting. Even tomatoes that have small fruit such as cocktail and cherry tomatoes need support as they form large plants.
Space individual plants well apart to allow plenty of room for them to grow allowing at least 1m between plants. Plant seedlings deeply to encourage strong roots and firm the soil well. To reduce transplant shock at planting, water with Seasol (use 30mL of concentrate per 9 litres of water). Apply every seven to 10 days.
For more information on growing tomatoes for a bumper, tasty crop, check out our seven easy steps to growing tomatoes.