Tomato Tips for Beginners

Nancy Smith
September/October 2005
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Thinking of planting your first tomato patch but unsure what to buy in the way of plants? Hundreds of tomato varieties are on the market, just waiting for you, in a surprising range of colors but all of them fall into just three main categories:

(1) Choose from:

  • Slicers, which are the big round (or sort of round) tomatoes great for cutting into wedges for green salads or sliced for sandwiches

  • Paste tomatoes, which are oblong and used to make sauces

  • And plum-, cherry- & pear-shaped tomatoes, perfect for snacking

(2) Plant in full sun. If you don't have space for a garden, just remove a little patch of sod or grass, and plant the tomato there.

(3) Keep your tomato plants watered well, and feed with a slow-release organic fertilizer and/or mulch with nitrogen-rich grass clippings.

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adam wilson
4/19/2007 12:00:00 AM
LMiller, I live in zone 8 of north carolina and instead of planting a garden in the ground we plant a container garden on the porch. This way we don't have to use a portion of our yard for a garden and weeds are barely a problem. You can blend a soil suited to what you want to grow and there is no need to worry about growing things in the native soil. Hope this helps a bit

LINDA Miller_2
1/2/2007 12:00:00 AM
Hi i recently moved to South Carolina from Pennsylvania. I was wondering since there is no dirt here, only sand , will it be harder to grow tomatoes and other vegetables. And will there be things i can't grow here. Like black raspberries or grapes. I am in zone 8 of northern south carolina. We do get frost.Thank you for your helpLinda

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