Tomato Tips for Beginners

| September/October 2005

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.
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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