How to Grow Tomatoes
Nothing beats homegrown tomatoes. Sow seed indoors in early spring and pot up as plants grow, or buy young plants in late spring.
Step 1: Plant Tomatoes After Threat of Frost
Once nights are frost free and plants are hardened off, fill a pot, at least 10in (25cm) wide, with compost to 2in (5cm) below the rim. Plant the tomato deeply, as the section of buried stem will send out extra roots.
Step 2: Stake Tall Tomatoes
Tall cordon cultivars need training up a support. Push a couple of tall bamboo canes or other sturdy stakes into the compost to keep the plant stable. Bush and trailing types do not need the help of supports.
Step 3: Stake and Pinch Sideshoots
As the plant grows, tie the main stem loosely to the stakes using garden twine. Pinch out fast-growing sideshoots growing between the leaves and main stem on cordon cultivars. Leave sideshoots to develop on bush types.
Step 4: Water and Fertilize
Water regularly. When the first fruits appear, feed weekly with a tomato fertilizer, and add extra compost if the roots become exposed. Pinch out the growing tip as the plant reaches the top of its stake. Ripe fruits twist off easily.