Tomato Tips for Beginners

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TABITHA GRACE ALTERMAN

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.