Which Tomato is Right for You?

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 with impressive disease resistance. So which is right for you and your garden? Try our Tomato Chooser and find out!

Close up of yellow and red tomatoes

Tomato Flavor Basics

Tomato flavor isn’t just about plant chemistry. Find out what makes your favorite variety so tasty.

Several tomatoe varieties in a bowl.

Heirloom vs. Hybrid

While some gardeners favor one over the other, many plant both. Learn the difference and decide for yourself.

Close up of Brandywine tomato

Tomato Growing Terms

Determinate, early variety, VFNT – what do they all mean? Find out here, then go ahead and impress your friends.

Tomatoes in the garden with tomato cages around them.

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.

Bonnie tomato deep in a pot.

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.

Tomatoes planted in the ground with different cages around them.

Support Your Tomatoes

Staking, caging, or trellising your tomatoes helps prevent disease and makes fruit easier to harvest. Here’s how to do it.

Tomato seedling with a milk jug covering.

For Early Tomatoes, Try This

Learn three easy ways to cheat the calendar and boast the first ripe tomato in your neighborhood.

Close up of a deformed looking tomato.

Tomato Quirks

Ever wonder, “Why do my tomatoes look like that?” Now’s your chance to find out.

Tomato with Blossom End Rot.

Conquer Blossom End Rot

Learn how to spot it and (more importantly) four simple ways to keep it from happening in the first place.

Must See Videos

4 x 4 Planting Plans

Heirloom tomato Garden

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.

4 x 4 Salsa Garden

Salsa Garden

Make your own salsa using fresh ingredients from this Latin-inspired planting plan. Sweet and spicy!

4 x 4 Pizza Garden

Fast and Fresh Pizza Garden

Instead of dialing for delivery, make your own pizza using fresh ingredients from this compact plan.

Kids Garden Planting Plan

Easy and Tasty Kids’ Garden

This yummy mix of herbs, veggies, and flowers will entice kids to work – and play! – in the garden.

Easy 4 x 4 Summer Garden

This one small area can yield a surprisingly bountiful harvest of delicious herbs and summer veggies.

4 x 4 Fiery Grilling Garden

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!

Mediterranean Garden planting plan

Gourmets’ Mediterranean Garden

The many fresh, robust flavors of healthy Mediterranean meals come together in this ingenious plan.

Cirque de Jardin garden plan

Cirque du Jardin Kids’ Garden

This children’s garden takes inspiration from the bright colors and enchanting excitement of the circus.

Steve Bender's Munchkin Garden

Munchkin Garden

Plants bearing small fruits with really big flavor make this a fun, prolific garden for kids of all ages.

Tasty Recipes

Grilled Tomato Salsa

Grilled Tomato Salsa

Spicy, smoky, and so fresh! Chips and dipping veggies won’t stand a chance once you’ve had a taste.

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

This delicious summer salad is a wonderfully refreshing side dish for when you’re short on time.

Roma Tomato Snacks

Roma Tomato Snacks

Dehydrating intensifies the flavor of the tomatoes, making them tangy and sweet on-the-go snack.

Tomato Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tomato Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

A simple, delicious combination of garden-ripe tomato wedges and sweet basil leaves with a light dressing.

Hot Tomato Relish

Hot Tomato Relish

Serve this warm relish with toasted sourdough rounds or atop grilled chicken or fish for a real palate pleaser.

Baked Cherry Tomatoes with Basil & Parmesan

Baked Cherry Tomatoes with Basil & Parmesan

Bursting with flavor, this dish can be eaten as an appetizer with bread or crackers, or as a side dish.

Parsley Tabbouleh Salad

Parsley Tabbouleh Salad

This popular Middle Eastern salad calls for fresh tomatoes and parsley, among other tasty ingredients.

Fried Tomatoes with Parmesan

Fried Tomatoes with Parmesan

A simple, delicious recipe for a classic Southern side dish – if it makes it to the table!

Ratatouille Salad with Japanese Eggplant

Ratatouille Salad with Japanese Eggplant

This fresh, flavorful mix of garden veggies can be served warm over polenta or cold over mixed greens.