Tommy The Tomato

Tommy The Tomato

First thing you should know about me is I am a flavorful fruit, not a vegetable like all my other friends in the garden.  If you grow me with love and just the right amount of water in a sunny place, in a few months my vines will be loaded with delicious, meaty, dark red tomatoes that tastes better than anything from the grocery store.  I am great sliced on your favorite sandwich or burger, chopped into a salad or used to make sauces for noodles or pizza.  Have a grown up help put up stakes or cages so I can grow big and have plenty support for my one to two pound fruits. 

Growing instructions:
People always think tomatoes are vegetables but they are actually a savory fruit.  Glossy smooth skin and juicy on the inside tomatoes taste good sliced or used to make a sauce for pizza. Tomatoes are one of the easiest and most fun plants to grow.  They can be grown just about anywhere; they do great in the garden but also thrive in pots on patios, decks or balconies.  Just make sure they get over a half a day of sunlight and they will do fine. 

When you plant your tomatoes in the garden make sure to pick a sunny spot. Bury the stem a little deeper than the soil level of the pot it is in, this will help your plant to develop roots along the stem and become a stronger healthier plant. Place a tomato tower or cage over the plant.  As the plant grows, train it to stay in the cage.  It is also a good idea to place a large stake or tall stick inside or next to the cage.  When the tomato out grows the cage, you can continue to keep tying the vine to the stake to support it as it gets taller and taller.

If you decide to plant your tomato in a container is important to know that they need a lot of room for their roots to grow.  The bigger the container, the better, it is recommended to use a pot that is at least 18 to 20 inches wide.  If you use a small container you are going to limit how big your plant can get and you will not get as many tomatoes as you could have.  Make sure to use a cage or stake to give the vine something to support it, and something to allow you to train it to grow upward.

It is a good idea to fertilize throughout the season.  If you go to the garden center you bought your plant from, they will have fertilizers that are made just for tomatoes.  Use every few weeks following fertilizer directions and you will be rewarded delicious fruits all season long.  Tomatoes are ready to pick when they are bright red and slightly soft.