A sure-fire way
to tasty toms.
Spring is tomato
planting time, and no tomatoes taste as good as the ones you grow
In most areas, September's
a great month to sow tomatoes from seed. Even though tomato seeds
can be planted direct into garden beds, best results are usually
obtained by sowing into pots or trays of seed raising mix and transplanting
when the plants are a few centimetres tall.
Some top tomatoes
Lisse: Heavy yield of large round fruit.
An award-winning variety with good flavour. Large and juicy.
Australian-bred tomato that does particularly well in warmer areas.
Round red fruits in enormous clusters.
Traditional egg-shaped tomato that's best for paste and cooking.
Trusses of tiny sweet fruit on a tall, rambling plant.
A miniature in all ways, Tiny Tim grows cherry sized fruit on a
dwarf plant. Perfect for pots.
How to grow
your own tomatoes
The best way to learn
how to grow tomatoes successfully is to seek advice from an experienced
grower. Long-time gardener Geoffrey Breslin does such a good job
that his tomato plants have been known to reach up to 3 metres tall.
He sometimes has to harvest them from a ladder!
Here are some of Geoffrey's
Dig the soil to
one good spade's depth about 3 months before planting.
Mix in some old
About 6 weeks later,
dig in some Yates Garden Lime.
Plant tomato seedlings
and water in well.
Feed every week
with Yates Thrive Soluble Plant Food
Control pests and
diseases with Yates Tomato Spray.
If you don't have enough
space in the garden to grow tomatoes, try them in containers instead.
This is where Tiny Tim comes into its own because it's compact enough
to grow in a small container. Larger varieties will need bigger
pots. Use a good quality potting mix and fertilise regularly
Thrive Soluble Plant Food is good.
Harvest tomatoes when
they are as ripe as possible and store them at room temperature.
This way they'll have the very best flavour and taste particularly
good in salads.
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