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Get your vegetable patch started with these gardening tutorials.
You Will Need
- Tomato plant
- Potting soil
- Patio or dwarf indeterminate plants (optional)
Choose a container
Choose a container for your tomatoes. Be sure to use something with adequate drainage that has a diameter of at least 12 inches.
Buy undemanding varieties
Buy tomato varieties that don't demand too much water so they stay strong throughout the summer.
Promote adequate drainage by adding a few inches of gravel to your container. Then fill it halfway with potting soil designed for vegetables.
Plant the plant
Place your plant in the container and then fill it the rest of the way with soil mixed with slow-acting fertilizer, leaving 2 to 3 inches at the top.
Mix a couple inches of compost into the top couple inches of soil. Tomatoes are heavy feeders and love organic matter.
Make sure the plant gets enough sunlight
Put your plant in an area where it can get at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight.
Water the plant on a regular basis. Tomatoes need an inch of water per week. Tomatoes do most of their growing during the evening, so water in the late afternoon.
Add fertilizer every two to four weeks and harvest your tomatoes all season long.