Vegetable gardening can be said incomplete without growing tomatoes. Tomatoes can be grown easily indoors or outdoors only if you provide them good care and maintain properly. There are many varieites through which a Tomato can be grown in your vegetable gardening. Choose the best varieties including Better Boy, Creole, Big Boy, Early Girl, Brandywine, Celebrity, and Lemon Boy, cherry or grape tomatoes.
Start your tomato seeds indoors. Use egg cartons (cardboard) for planting tomato seeds, use well moistened, sterile seed starting mix and sow seeds 1/4 inch deep into the egg cartons each. Water gently and keep the cartons in a warm place with 75 to 80 degree F. Place the carton near a bright window or use florescent or high density grow lights. It will take 2 weeks to germinate.
Once the seedling emerge and set true leaves transplant them into a big containers, don’t remove from the egg cartons you can bury with the egg cartons so you don’t disturb the roots. Water them regularly.
Place your tomato plant in a sunny place where they can receive at least 6 to 7 hours of sun daily. Tomatoes need lots of sunlight. Make sure your container has a good drainage holes in the bottom. If you wish to train your tomato plants on stakes or in cages, make sure you install the supports before you plant your tomato plants. It is the best way to protect your tomato plant from strong wind.
Prune them to encourage higher yields. Pinch off tomato suckers, it is a tender shoots that sprout at the base of tomato leaf stems. You can leave few suckers on the middle and top of the plant which protect the fruit from sunscald.
Harvest your tomatoes once the tomato starts ripening. Check your vines daily, cut the fruits or gently twist them so that you won’t damage the stems. According to your taste harvest your tomatoes ripe or raw. Ripe tomatoes can be refrigerated for several weeks. Green tomatoes eventually ripen if kept in a warm place.