Did you know?Tomatoes are sometimes known as a 'super superfood'. Studies have shown that they can protect against heart disease, lower cholesterol and they're full of anti oxidants. They've also been suggested as a good hangover cure.
What you'll need
- Tomato seeds
- Multi-purpose compost
- Small pot to sow all seeds in at first
- Variety of small pots to pot them individually once germinated
- Variety of larger pots to for final potting
- High potash fertiliser
- Either: A plastic cover, Dithane 945 or a copper based fungicide
When to start planting?Start growing tomatoes by planting indoor varieties in Feb, outdoor varieties in early April.
When are they ready?July - August.
Where to plant?In a warm, sunny, sheltered spot. You can get both indoor and outdoor varieties - so buy outdoor varieties if you don't have a greenhouse.
- Sow a few seeds onto the surface of a small pot of moist seed compost.
- Cover with vermiculite and place in a warm bright spot.
- When the seedlings germinate, pot them individually and leave them to grow, feeding and watering regularly.
- Final potting should be in a generous container filled with multipurpose compost.
- Water regularly and feed weekly with a high potash fertiliser.
- Support tall plants with canes.
- From early June, protect outdoor plants with a plastic cover or spray with Dithane 945 or a copper based fungicide.
CostAround £2 for a pack of seeds.
Top tip for growingOnce they're in their final pots, regularly mist flowers and foliage to aid fruit set.
Goodtoknow's easy gardening rating:2/5 - easy to get started but take quite a bit of care while they're growing.
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