Garden-to-table guide to tomatoes
Tips for growing and caring for tomato plants, plus our favorite recipes come harvest time
With hundreds of varieties to choose from—in shades of gold, orange, crimson, chocolate, and even green; in sizes ranging from cherry types that you can pop into your mouth like grapes to giant two-pounders—your biggest challenge will be finding room for all the varieties you want to grow!
It’s also important to stake or cage your tomatoes at planting time, so that you keep leaves and fruit off the ground, and give plants good air circulation. When plants are young, water often enough so that their roots don’t dry out, and keep the soil moist but not soggy. As plants grow, water less often but very deeply since tomatoes have deep roots.
Marinated Heirloom Tomato Salad
This is a great way to show off all the different varieties of tomatoes you’ve grown. Try mixing whole cherry tomatoes on the stem with juicy slices and wedges of larger tomatoes, and use as many colors as you have available.
Recipe: Marinated Heirloom Tomato Salad
Recipe: Tiered Tomato Soup