Growing your own Tomatoes
You Will Need
- Sunshine and rain
- Little Trekkers Post Bag
- Tomato plants
- Garden cane
- Garden string
- Watering can
Using grow bags is one of the best ways of growing tomatoes, and the Little Trekkers post bags which are biodegradable are perfect for this. When kids grow something they're more likely to eat it, so following the example of Squid and Me, here's our guide.
- Water your tomato plants while they're still in their pots to make sure the compost is nice and moist.
- Fill your post bag with compost nearly to the top.
- Make a hole for your tomato plant in the compost, then carefully remove the plant from its original pot and set it into the compost a little deeper than it was in its original pot. Pat the surrounding compost around the plant.
- Water the plant and surrounding compost well.
- Push your garden cane into the compost and tie the plant to it with garden string to support it.
- Make several holes at the bottom of your post bag for drainage.
- Place in a sunny spot in your garden or greenhouse, porch or conservatory. Water regularly.
- Pick your tomatoes when they are fully ripe and evenly coloured.
- Water regularly
- Remove any yellowing lower leaves that appear
- When the plant begins to bloom, cut off any side shoots to ensure the plant’s energy is concentrated on fruit growing off the main stem.
- Pick when fully ripe
- Green fruit left at the end of the season can be picked and ripened on a sunny windowsill
- Good varieties of tomato are "Outdoor Girl", "Gardeners Delight", and "Tornado".
- You can also use the same method to grow Basil, Mint, Lettuce, and New Potatoes.