Tips For Growing A Tomato Garden

Tips For Growing A Tomato Garden

Article by Samuel Kerr

Growing a tomato garden is a valuable and rewarding pastime. More importantly, if done correctly, you will have enormous supplies of fresh, sweet, juicy and delicious home grown tomatoes.

You will find that home grown tomatoes simply “blow store bought tomatoes out of the water” when it comes to freshness and taste.

Easy and Fun

If you’re a beginner, there is no better place to start than growing a tomato garden. Tomatoes are the number one most popular vegetable grown at home in the United States. (Interesting factoid: Although tomatoes are considered to be vegetables by most people, they are officially classified as fruits)

You can start tomatoes from seeds, but for beginners, it is recommended that you obtain tomato seedling plants from your local garden center to start. You’ll get to the final product faster and easier, and there is less room for error.

Four Things: Light, Heat Water and Soil

Tomato plants require four basic things to grow and thrive:

Sunlight – At least 6 – 8 hours of good sunlight each day. Make sure your outdoor garden is free of shade for long periods during the day or your plant growth will be stunted. If you are growing the tomatoes in pots indoors, keep them by a window sill that gets at least 8 hours of sunlight.

Heat – Tomato plants thrive in daytime temperatures of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. During the night the temperature should not dip below 60 degrees.

If you live in a temperate climate make sure your plants are not transplanted outdoors until it is late enough in the year for these temperatures to prevail. If it is too cold, you should keep your plants indoors where you can control the temperature.

Water – Plenty of water is needed to cultivate tomato plants, but don’t make the mistake that so many growers do and drown your tomato plants every day.

A steady, even application of water to the roots every other day should be sufficient. Make sure there is enough water to keep the surrounding soil moist. Avoid watering the entire plant from the top down like it was a flower. This can leave your plants exposed to diseases and pests.

Soil – Regular potting soil is acceptable for tomato seedlings, but make sure your soil is filled with the proper nutrients for plant growth. An inexpensive technique is to mix organic matter and bagged manure into the soil. Tomato plants prefer mildly acidic soil with a pH of about 6.0 – 6.8.

You can purchase an inexpensive ph test kit at a garden center to test your soil’s pH. If your soil is higher than 6.8 you can bring it down by adding sulphur granules. If the pH is too low you can bring it up by spreading lime.


By following these simple tips you can be assured of a steady supply of fresh, delicious home grown tomatoes until well into Septermber each year – even if you’re a beginner.

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Samuel Kerr is a tomato growing expert. For more great tips on tomato growing , visit

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