Once you grow and taste your own tomatoes (or any vegie for that matter), you don’t go back. Tomatoes are one of the most popular backyard vegies and for good reason, too. They’re easy to grow and if looked after well, yield lots of delicious fruit for months! You don’t need a big backyard either – there are varieties to suit any space.


How to grow tomatoes in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot in the garden with well drained soil and enrich with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. Add Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite to help sweeten the soil and help prevent blossom end rot.
  2. Sow seeds, lightly cover with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well. If growing from seedlings, they can be planted a little deeper, so that the bottom few centimetres of the tomato stems are covered with soil. Water in well. 
  3. Tall growing tomatoes will require stakes for support, so it’s best to put these in now to avoid damaging plant roots later.
  4. As seedlings emerge and grow, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Tomato Vegie Plant Food Concentrate. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like pea or lucerne straw, keeping it away from the main stem.
  5. As larger staked tomatoes grow, gently tie the main stems to the stakes with a plant tie or old piece of hosiery.
  6. Harvest tomatoes when the fruit is plump and red (or yellow, depending on the variety).
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How to grow tomatoes in a pot

If you don’t have room in your garden to grow tomatoes, grow them in pots! Choose smaller varieties.

  1. Choose a pot at least 400mm wide and deep and position in full sun. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix
  2. Sow seeds, lightly cover with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well. If growing from seedlings, they can be planted a little deeper, so that the bottom few centimetres of the tomato stems are covered with soil. Water in well.
  3. Tall growing tomatoes will require stakes for support, so it’s best to put these in now to avoid damaging plant roots later.
  4. Potted plants dry out quicker than in-ground plants, so it’s important to water potted plants regularly.
  5. As seedlings grow, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Tomato Vegie Plant Food Concentrate to encourage growth.
  6. As larger staked tomatoes grow, gently tie the main stems to the stakes with a plant tie or old piece of hosiery.
  7. Harvest tomatoes when the fruit is plump and red (or yellow, depending on the variety).
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Yates varieties

Tomato Moneymaker

An extremely popular tomato that produces heavy clusters of firm, medium sized fruit.

Tomato Roma

Italian heirloom producing deep red, pear-shaped fruit. Famous for hearty sauces, rich tomato paste and soups.

Tomato Black Krim (Organic)

This is heirloom-type tomato has flattened, dark red-purple fruit with green shoulders. Flesh is very juicy, with a green tinge.

Tomato Small Fry Hybrid

Masses of sweet, bite-sized fruit on every plant. Ideal for summer salads, coctails dishes, kebabs and as a treat for kids.

Tomato Tommy Toe Heirloom

Tommy Toe is an old favourite, with a reputation for delightful tasting tomatoes. It sets a heavy crop of glossy bright red, apricot-sized fruit.


Growing tips

  • In cool climates, you can get a start on your tomatoes early by raising seeds in trays of Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. They can be transplanted to the garden or pot when the weather is warmer.
  • A layer of mulch will help retain moisture in the soil.
  • To help prevent blossom end rot (when the bottom of the fruit looks sunken and rotten), apply fast acting Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite at planting time, which will help ensure a sufficient supply of calcium. The tomato is still perfectly fine to eat, simply remove and discard the affected parts.
  • If you didn’t apply lime at planting time, it’s not too late to do it during the growing season.
  • Certain tomato diseases are carried in the soil, so choose a different spot each year (avoid planting in the same part of the garden for at least four years).
  • When buying tomato plants or seeds, look for varieties that mention disease resistance.

 


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Recommended products

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.