Growing Tomatoes at home whether it’s in your backyard garden or on your balcony in a hanging pot, in a greenhouse, or on your counter, can be one of the most rewarding gardening activities and hobby.
Anyone Can Learn How To Grow Great-Tasting Tomatoes!
Have you ever thought about growing tomatoes at home? Growing tomatoes at home is a widespread activity with ordinary people all over the world and it is also one of the most satisfying gardening hobbies.
To a home gardener there may be few activities as exhilarating as picking a fresh, ripe tomato that you planted with your own hands from your very own garden.
Tomatoes just happen to be among the most popular vegetables grown at home. According to a recent survey, about 95 percent of nearly 30 million Americans who have gardens, grow tomatoes in their own backyards, making tomatoes the most popular home-garden vegetable in North America.
This is most likely because growing, harvesting, eating and sharing your own tomatoes really does supply a diverse multitude of life-enhancing pleasures and nourishment.
Anywhere that food is grown, you most likely will find tomatoes.
What Will You Find On This Website About Growing Tomatoes?
This website is a work in progress but as we grow the website you’ll find just about everything you ever wanted to know about growing tomatoes and more.
You’ll learn how to grow juicy red tomatoes at home, whether it’s in your home garden, greenhouse, in a hanging basket, or on your patio in a pot or maybe even in your house or apartment.
You’ll learn how to grow tomatoes year round, how to save your own tomato seeds and how to deal with tomatoes and frost if that is the type of climate you are located in.
You’ll also get some great tomato growing tips, especially about the proper way of staking, pruning your tomato plants for the bountiful crop.
You’ll learn how to mulch your tomato plants and the best fertilizers for your tomatoes and how to water your tomato plants the right way.
If you’re worried about growing tomato problems you’ll find information on how to deal with different types of tomato problems like blossom end rot, tomato pests, and other tomato diseases.
How to Grow Tomatoes at Home
Tomatoes were not always this popular. The history of tomatoes dates back to somewhere around 500 AD to the Peruvian tribes of South America. From there, the tomato crossed the globe from one side to the other leaving behind a fascinating history with questionable beginnings.
Almost everyone would agree that there is nothing like the taste of a homegrown tomato. Once you have savored the flavor of a sun-warmed, vine-ripened, juicy, sweet tomato off your own garden you will find it extremely hard to eat a store bought tomato.
The tomatoes that you buy in the supermarkets are usually hard and have very little flavor. They are specially grown for the supermarkets so that they can be shipped and packed with little damage.
With the prices of organic produce on the rise it makes it even more appealing to be growing your own plump, dewy-fresh tomatoes. One of the few problems you may encounter would be to have too many tomatoes. If you decide on growing the old-fashioned heirloom full-flavored tomatoes, you will be delighted to know that they can be used in hundreds of delicious recipes.
Heirloom tomatoes tastily belong in every course of the meal. You can find tomato recipes for beverages, appetizers, salads, soups, main course meals, and even deserts.
Just think when you grow your own tomatoes you will have a continuous supply of fresh fruit to eat, and enough for canning, freezing and drying.
Whether your tomatoes are fresh, frozen, or they are loaded with nutrients and have been found to have many health benefits. They not only are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and K and fiber, but the lycopene, which is, a red carotenoid pigment found in tomatoes gives the tomato it’s alleged anticancer properties.
With all these benefits why wouldn’t you want to be growing tomatoes yourself and even have some leftover tomatoes to give away to friends and family.
Actually, growing tomatoes is easy and fun and a great pastime for all ages.
With a little help, even children can grow their very own tomato plants. Seriously, anyone can grow tomatoes, even if you live in an apartment with a balcony or have a house with a patio or a very small backyard garden.
With the right care and a little know how tomatoes will grow happily in and containers on your balcony or grow tomatoes indoors all year round. Most people think that tomatoes can only be grown outside in the spring after the last frost, but with a little creative adaptation growing tomatoes indoors, can be easy and fun.
If you are fortunate enough to have the space for a green house, this is a fantastic way to grow tomatoes. With uncomplicated heating methods, you can enjoy a continuous tomato crop all year round.
If you are interested in something a little different and are challenged by limited factors such as very little gardening space or unsuitable weather conditions, hydroponics might be the answer to your year round tomato gardening dreams.
If space isn’t a problem and you intend on growing tomatoes outside you could try planting your tomatoes in raised garden beds, growing boxes, tomato planter bags, and if you are really adventurous you might want to try your hand at growing your tomatoes organically with an aquaponic growing sytem.
There are many different types of systems; small home-aquaponic systems that can fit on your deck or as a matter of right in your house and then there are larger DIY backyard Aquaponics systems. So, with all these choices there is really no end to the number of ways of how to grow tomatoes at home.
Growing Tomatoes Experiences
So many people have asked me how to grow tomatoes, when to plant tomatoes, if growing tomatoes from seed was better then growing tomato plants that are purchased from a store or nursery, and what should they do if they have tomato problems.
All these questions lead me to setting up this site Growing Tomatoes 4 You and More.
Here,I hope to share my life time of experience with not only growing tomatoes, but caring for them, choosing the right varieties, and also harvesting and preserving the tomatoes that you have grown.
I’m an avid gardener, reader and researcher and I love trying out new products. So from time to time you might find me recommending products and books that I have found interesting and that are my favorites.
Whether you are a complete novice to tomato growing or just looking for more information and advice, I’m sure this site will be of some use to you.
To make things easy I’ve created numerous pages on this site with many different categories containing articles, pictures and videos which should answer most of your tomato growing questions.
This is where I will share with you tips and techniques for growing tomatoes, and even some of my families favorite tomato recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
I would love to hear your comments and I’m always open to new ideas and information. It would also to Great to see pictures and hear about your own tomato growing experiences. One never stops learning.