How To Grow Your Own Tomatoes
Kids love getting their hands, feet, clothes dirty and there’s no better excuse for getting muddy in the garden than when you get them to do a bit of gardening. Using grow bags is one of the best ways of growing tomatoes and the Little Trekkers post bags which are degradable are perfect for this. When kids grow something they’re more likely to eat it…so following the example of Squid & Me, here’s our guide.
What you will need
- Little Trekkers Post Bag
- Tomato plants
- Garden cane
- Garden string
- Watering can
How you do it
Water your tomato plants whilst they are still in their pots to make sure the compost is moist.
Get your empty biodegradable Little Trekker post bag ready.
Fill your post bag with compost using a trowel (or if you’re like Squid with your own bare hands). You want to fill the bag nearly to the top.
Carefully remove the tomato plants from their original pots.
In the compost make a hole for your tomato plant and then gently place the tomato plant into the hole. Set the plant 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 with garden string to the plant to support it.
Make several holes at the bottom of your post bag for drainage.
Place in a light, sunny spot in your garden or in a greenhouse, porch or conservatory. Plants grown inside will produce fruit earlier.
Tomatoes like moist soil so water regularly and feed with tomato fertiliser following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Pick your tomatoes when they are fully ripe and evenly coloured.
Our Useful Tips
- Water regularly.
- Remove any yellowing lower leaves that appear
- When the tomato plant begins flowering, cut off any new side shoots that appear between the branches and the stem to ensure the plant’s energy is concentrated on fruit growing off the main branches.
- Pick when fully ripe.
- Green fruit left at the end of the season can be picked and ripened on a sunny windowsill.
Outdoor Girl, Gardener’s Delight or Tornado