Tomatoes come in many shapes, sizes, flavors, and colors. Some taste super-sweet, while others are bright and tangy. You’ll find bright yellow ones, ruby red ones, and rich purple ones. There are heirloom varieties with rich histories and hybrids that stand up well against some diseases. So which is right for you and your garden? Try our Tomato Chooser and find out!
Tomato Flavor Basics
Tomato flavor isn’t just about plant chemistry. Find out what makes your favorite variety so tasty.
Heirloom vs. Hybrid
While some gardeners favor one over the other, many plant both. Learn the difference and decide for yourself.
Grow Better Tomatoes
You don’t have to have tons of experience to grow great tomatoes. Follow these expert tips for planting, growing, and harvesting.
Plant Tomatoes Deep
Tomatoes have to be planted far more deeply into the soil than the rest of the plants in your garden. Get the details here.
9 Ways to Grow Tomatoes
There are many ways to grow tomatoes, and some are easier than others. Discover the pluses and minuses of 9 popular approaches.
5 Variations On a String Trellis
A string trellis is a simple, effective way to support a growing tomato plant. Here are 5 options to consider including in your garden.
All About Heirlooms
Heirloom tomatoes are known for their beautiful colors, delicious flavors, and unique shapes. Get more info (and recipes!) here.
For Early Tomatoes, Try This
Learn three easy ways to cheat the calendar and boast the first ripe tomato in your neighborhood.
Tomato Plants Not Setting Fruit? Here’s Why
If your tomato plant isn’t producing any tomatoes, Mother Nature may be to blame. Find out what’s happening and what to do about it.
Conquer Blossom End Rot
Learn how to spot it and (more importantly) four simple ways to keep it from happening in the first place.
How to Save Tomatoes from Frost
When temperatures drop, you may be at risk for losing the tomatoes left in the garden. Here’s how to save them.
4 x 4 Planting Plans
Heirloom Tomato Garden
Making use of vertical space, this garden yields a bounty of heirloom tomatoes, known for their unique colors and flavors.
Fresh Tomato and Pesto Garden
With fresh tomatoes and basil on hand, you can create amazingly simple and satisfying summer meals.
Make your own salsa using fresh ingredients from this Latin-inspired planting plan. Sweet and spicy!
Fast and Fresh Pizza Garden
Instead of dialing for delivery, make your own pizza using fresh ingredients from this compact plan.
Easy 4 x 4 Summer Garden
This one small area can yield a surprisingly bountiful harvest of delicious herbs and summer veggies.
Fiery Grilling Garden
These vegetables go great on the grill, either for a side dish or as the main event. Just the thing for skewers!
Ratatouille Salad with Japanese Eggplant
This fresh, flavorful mix of garden veggies can be served warm over polenta or cold over mixed greens.
Marinated Cherry Tomatoes
This delicious summer salad is a wonderfully refreshing side dish for when you’re short on time.
Tomato Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
A simple, delicious combination of garden-ripe tomato wedges and sweet basil leaves with a light dressing.