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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