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What could taste better than a perfect red garden tomato still warm from the sun? Tomatoes are the most popular homegrown vegetable for good reason. Growing tomatoes is cost-effective because not only will you eat them, but they can save you big on your grocery bill, especially if you freeze them whole or make spaghetti sauce.
Tomatoes need heat, water, and fertile soil to grow their best. Wait until after danger of frost has passed to set out transplants, provide regular water throughout the growing season, and fertilize monthly to ensure abundant harvests. Tomato plants are classified either as indeterminate or determinate. Indeterminate plants grow all season, continuing to bloom and produce fruit as long as weather conditions are favorable. Determinate plants grow to a certain size, set fruit, and stop growing.
how to grow Tomatoes
Pick fruits when they are firm, full size, and fully colored. Tomatoes will ripen when harvested at their green mature stage, but flavor will not be as good. Harvest all except the greenest fruits before a killing frost, and take them indoors at 60° to 65°F to ripen. You can also harvest green tomatoes for pickling and frying.