Interested in Growing Tomatoes?
For many folks, growing tomatoes has become a yearly tradition. It's one of the most commonly grown food producing plants in
backyard gardens today. Tomato plants have a very high return on investment (ROI). It might sound odd to compare tomatoes
to a financial investment, but think about it; If you go the grocery store and buy tomatoes, you'll likely pay $2-$3 per pound. A tomato plant seedling usually costs less than $2 and can easily produce 20-30 pounds of tomatoes. Some varieties
produce even more. So with a minimal investment of time and money, raising tomatoes in your backyard makes a lot of economical sense.
Tomatoes are simple to grow - they're easy to plant, easy to care for and easy to harvest. There are hundreds of uses for tomatoes in recipes. Tomatoes can be easily grown in containers or hanging baskets, as well as in traditional gardens.
Click here to learn about planting tomatoes
Click here for information about watering tomato plants
Click here to learn about fertilizing tomato plants
Click here to learn about harvesting tomatoes
There are many benefits to eating tomatoes. They are packed with vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes also contain lycopene, which some studies suggest may help lower cancer risks. If you are looking for all natural ways to stay healthy and fight disease, without the adverse effects of prescription drugs, check out
Click here for tomato recipes and nutrient information.
Technically, tomatoes are fruits. They come in hundreds of different varieties - including several different colors,
shapes and sizes. Over the years, many tomatoes have been bred for different qualities - early producing, larger fruits, different colors, different sizes, etc... Heirloom tomatoes have seen a rise in popularity over the last decade or or so.
Growing tomatoes of varying sizes and colors adds variety to your garden and your palate.
Tomatoes require fertile, well-drained soil and plenty of sun. They typically grow best between 70-90 degrees F. Some tomatoes produce very early and can be ready to eat as early as 55 days from the time you transplant them into your garden. Other varieties can take up to 90 days for their fruit to fully ripen. Click on the following links for more information about growing tomatoes.
Click here to move from our Growing Tomatoes main page to our Tomato Varieties page
Click here for help deciding whether to grow tomatoes from seeds or seedlings
Click here to learn how to support your tomatoes with cages or stakes
Click here to diagnose and cure common tomato plant diseases