Which Tomatoes Are 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 that stand up well against some diseases. So which is right for you and your garden? Try our Tomato Chooser and find out!

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What Are the Different Types of Tomatoes?

TomAYto, tomAHto…just as there are different pronunciations, there is also a wide variety of tomato types, with a range of colors, sizes,...

One Simple Step to a More Successful Tomato Season

It’s common knowledge that tomato plants require just the right amount of sun and water to thrive. But there’s something...

3 Ways to Use Cattle Panels in the Garden

Many favorite vegetable plants — such as tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas, melons, and squash — need a little help standing tall. Cattle panels, available online and at farm supply...

What Color Says About Tomato Flavor

Take some of the guesswork out of choosing tomato varieties by learning a few basics about how tomato color relates...

How to Prune Tomatoes for a Big Harvest

Do you like to train your plants and check up on them almost every day? If so, then you may...

“A Good-Tasting, Basic Tomato”: The Story Behind the Bonnie Original

Want to preserve garden-grown herbs so you can enjoy them all the way into winter and beyond? This hanging herb...

Tips for Growing Heirloom Tomatoes (from Market Farmers!)

Market farmers grow heirloom tomatoes by the bushel, selling their harvests at farm stands and markets, and through CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)....

How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots

Growing tomatoes in pots levels the home garden playing field, bringing a crop of homegrown ‘maters within reach for almost...

Tomato Tales from Beginner Gardeners

At Bonnie Plants, we love to help folks learn to grow their own food. So, we thought it would be...

9 Ways to Grow Tomatoes

Tasty and terrific, tomatoes offer garden magic at its best, transforming yellow blossoms into juicy fruits. But perhaps the most amazing thing...

How to Grow Tomatoes in Hot Weather

Sizzling summer temperatures can bring your previously productive tomato plants to a screeching halt. When days hit 85°F to 90°F...

Hybrid vs. Heirloom

There is a lot of confusion out there regarding hybrid vs. heirloom plants, especially when it comes to tomatoes. What’s...

How to Build a Bamboo Trellis Tower

Here’s a simple, beautiful way to support tall-growing (aka indeterminate) tomato plants: a Bamboo Trellis Tower, brainchild of horticulturist and...

Parsley & Tomato Container Garden

From salads and sauces to tabbouleh, tomatoes and parsley are two things every kitchen needs lots of — and this Parsley...

How to Save Tomatoes from Frost

For most gardeners, covering tomato plants as fall’s first chilly nights arrive is second nature. After all, you want to savor those...

How to Can Your Harvest

Canning preserves summer’s garden-fresh flavors well beyond the harvest season. The result not only tastes great, but can also trim...

Vacation Survival Guide for Your Garden

Sure, that beach vacation you’ve been planning is going to feel like heaven to you – but it won’t to...

4 x 4-foot Chiles Rellenos Garden

Give your next batch of chiles rellenos — a classic Mexican dish starring roasted, stuffed poblanos often served in tomato...

4 x 4-foot Tabbouleh Garden

Tabbouleh (or tabouli) is a Middle Eastern staple, and for good reason. The colorful, refreshing combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley,...

The Basics of Tomato Flavor

One of life’s simple pleasures is a juicy bite of ripe homegrown tomato, with sweet and tart flavors blending magically...

What Can I Grow in a Pot?

When you need a tomato or a pinch of fresh basil, nothing is more convenient than stepping out the kitchen door...

Rotating Vegetable Crops for Garden Success

To keep the vegetable garden healthy, avoid repeating the same planting plan in the same spot. This practice, called crop rotation,...

Strawberries Introduce Kids to Natural Sweets from the Garden

Would your child rather have a cookie or a strawberry? Unfortunately, most children will choose the cookie, perhaps a more...

4 x 4-foot Homemade Salsa Garden

Make your own salsa using fresh ingredients from this planting plan. Plant yours with two tomatoes, or try tomatillos for...

Easy and Tasty 4 x 4-foot Kids’ Garden

Children will love planting and caring for the special, kid-friendly plants in this 4 x 4-foot kids vegetable garden plan....

Gourmets’ 4 x 4-foot Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean cuisine highlights fresh vegetables and savory, fragrant herbs. This bed gives you those fresh Mediterranean ingredients, no matter where...

Fast and Fresh 4 x 4-foot Pizza Garden

Pizza tops everyone’s list as a favorite food. Why not have the fresh ingredients in your garden? You can make...

Tomatoes That’ll Cover Your Bread Slice

Do you like a sandwich whose tomato peeks out from the edges of the bread? If so, grow the big...

Tomato Quirks

Sometimes a tomato doesn’t turn out looking like you’d expect. Here are some common tomato quirks you might see that are caused...

How to Support Tomatoes

Tomato plants benefit from support, whether you use tomato cages, stakes, or a myriad of other creative solutions. Learn how...

Planting Tomatoes Step-by-Step

Perhaps more than any other vegetable, tomatoes depend on proper planting so they can provide you with loads of fruit...

Plant Tomatoes Deep, Deep, Deep

Each Bonnie tomato label urges you to plant tomatoes deep, so that a full 2/3 of the plant is underground....

Learn Tomato Growing Terms

When growing tomatoes and reading about them—on our website, store signs, and plant tags—you eventually encounter a lot of tomato...

For Early Tomatoes, Try This

Want to bite into your first homegrown tomato soon? Here are four easy ways to speed the harvest. Normally, tomatoes...

Conquer Blossom End Rot

When tomatoes, peppers, melons, and eggplant develop a sunken, rotten spot on the end of the fruit, the cause came...

Tasty tomato recipes!

Tomato Soup with Basil Pesto

There’s nothing quite like homegrown tomatoes, and fresh tomato soup, served with a thick slice of toasted bread, is one...

Summer Dream Gazpacho

A chilled soup made from fresh vegetables, gazpacho is a delicious example of a truly refreshing summer dish. Serve as...

Curried Squash Burgers with Tomato Chutney

Veggie burgers may have a reputation for blandness, but these are packed with flavorful curry powder and other spices. They...

BLTs with White Cheddar Pimiento Cheese

This sandwich puts a flavorful spin on two beloved diner classics, combining them into one irresistible sandwich. Hints of maple...

Warm White Bean Bread Salad

Warm White Bean Bread Salad is a delicious, unexpected way to celebrate the freshness of garden-ripe tomatoes. Spread over a...

Pesto and Summer Vegetable Tart

Also called a galette, this Pesto and Summer Vegetable Tart is fast and easy, but very impressive. If you’re making...

Caprese Burger

Burgers are the ultimate summer meal, so why not ratchet the flavor up a notch? These Caprese Burgers are a...

Summer Chicken and Rice

Fresh, hearty, and satisfying, Summer Chicken and Rice is the perfect one-pan, quick-and-easy warm weather dinner. Tomatoes aren’t cooked in...

Athenian Shrimp with Arugula

This is a wonderful choice when you’re looking for a quick, flavorful light dinner. A well-balanced mix of savory and...

Tomato and Snap Bean Quiche

Make Tomato and Snap Bean Quiche as a quick brunch dish, or add a cup of cooked sausage, bacon, or...

Bruschetta Pizza

This Bruschetta Pizza recipe takes traditional Italian bruschetta to a whole new level. It uses pizza dough in place of...

Sunshine Salad

This quick and easy Sunshine Salad is aptly named for the brightness of its homemade lemon dressing. It’s a crunchy,...

Ratatouille Salad With Japanese Eggplant

A twist on the French classic, this versatile ratatouille salad can be served hot or cold. If you have any...

Mom’s Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed with a hearty mix of ground beef, spices, and couscous, these stuffed bell peppers make an excellent one-dish meal....

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Highlighting the unbeatable flavor of fresh, sweet tomatoes, these marinated cherry tomatoes are definitely worth keeping stocked in your fridge....

Cucumber Tomato Salad

This quick and easy salad only takes four ingredients and a salad bowl. When made with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes...

Heirloom Tomatoes au Gratin

Sliced heirloom tomatoes combine with seasoned breadcrumbs, herbs, and grated cheese to make the ultimate summer comfort food. This gratin...

Broiled Tomatoes

In less than 10 minutes of hands-on time, you can have a beautiful, mouthwatering dish that showcases your garden’s best...

Greek Roasted Chicken

If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser that’s easy but impressive, this Greek Roasted Chicken recipe is just what you...

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Any variety of tomato works well in this recipe — just use your sweetest ones. Roasting them intensifies the flavor...

Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ideal for picnics and barbecues, this vibrant dish features grilled sweet summer corn combined with chopped heirloom tomatoes and tossed...

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Salad

While the flavor of cumin is often instantly recognizable, ground coriander (ground from the seeds of cilantro plants) is more...

Thai Beef Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Thinly sliced, seasoned grilled beef, crisp chopped romaine, and wedges of flavorful heirloom tomatoes, all tossed in a spicy Thai...

Heirloom Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dressing

The perfect blend of creamy and tangy, this buttermilk dressing turns already-tasty fresh heirloom tomatoes into a delicious treat you’ll...

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese

Burrata is a ball of fresh mozzarella filled with a mixture of fresh mozzarella pieces and cream, which can resemble...

Heirloom Tomato Squash Tart

Summer garden buddies tomatoes and squash star together in this tasty pastry. Pair with a fresh salad for a simple...

Tomato, Watermelon, and Shrimp Salad

Tomatoes and watermelon may seem like an unlikely pairing, but these summer favorites taste delicious together. The honey-balsamic dressing enhances...

Heirloom Tomato Salad w/ Fried Goat Cheese

Crisp, fresh greens are served with a savory twist: pan-fried panko-coated goat cheese rounds. Topped with Sherry-Walnut Dressing, this is...

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Fresh Basil

This cool, refreshing summer soup makes the best of a big, gorgeous bounty of tomatoes. When your harvest is just...

Squash Boats

The great thing about Squash Boats is that they are an excellent introductory vegetable dish that will win any child’s...

Tasty Homemade Tomato Pie

Tomato pie is simple to make and perfect to serve for brunch alongside cheesy grits and a light salad. I...

Grilled Veggie Salsa

Grilling the veggies for this salsa gives them a wonderful smoky flavor. We tested this recipe using Roma tomatoes, but...

Spring Strawberry Salad

Serve these alongside burgers in place of French fries for a yummy twist. For a gluten-free batter option, substitute chickpea...

Lettuce Cup Tacos

These Lettuce Cup Tacos are simple, healthy, and delicious—and don’t require a bit of actual cooking. Whip some up for...

Garden Salsa

Homemade salsa is a great afternoon snack. Chow down with a bowlful of tortilla chips or go a more nutritious...

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes are excellent as a stand-alone appetizer served with a chipotle sauce, as a topping to your favorite...

Basil Chicken Wraps

When making Basil Chicken Wraps, double the basil dressing recipe and keep the extra on hand to toss with hot...

Tomato-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Few salads are as simple to prepare or as satisfying as wedges of garden ripe tomatoes and sweet basil leaves...

Roma Tomato Snacks

Dehydrating intensifies the natural flavors of your Roma tomatoes, making them tangy and sweet in these tomato snacks. The spices...

Roma Tomato & Oregano Pizza Topping

The canned “pumpkin” you find in the grocery store is actually made from butternut squash. Homemade pumpkin puree is sweeter, has less...

Grilled Chicken with Rosemary

This rosemary-lemon marinade is an excellent match for chicken that will be hitting the grill — and perfect for your...

Parsley Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern salad containing parsley, bulgur wheat, tomatoes, and other healthy ingredients. This salad makes a wonderful,...

Recaito with Culantro

Recaito, a pungent mixture of the culantro, cilantro, onion, garlic, and pepper, is a staple ingredient in many Puerto Rican...

Fresh Basil Pesto with Angel Hair Pasta

Pesto is an easy and delicious way to enjoy fresh basil. Toss this fragrant, flavorful pesto with angel hair pasta,...

Fresh Marinara Sauce over Penne Pasta

Yield :   6 to 8 main-dish servings with pasta or 5 cups marinara sauce Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1...

Fresh Tomato and Sweet Basil Pizza

Yield :   1  (8-inch)  thin crust pizza Ingredients 1 (4-ounce) ball fresh pizza dough or refrigerated pizza crust ½ teaspoon...

Squash Salad

Use summer squash in a new way in this tasty alternative to an ordinary garden salad. Not only is Squash...

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Yield :   4 - 6  servings Ingredients 2 to 3 green tomatoes, sliced Salt and pepper to taste 1 egg,...

Easy Eggplant Parmesan

Traditional Eggplant Parmesan recipes can be time consuming and high in calories. This recipe is simple enough to tackle for...

Green Tomato Casserole

A wonderful use for your green tomatoes, this casserole will please even the pickiest eaters. The tart tomatoes are complemented...

Garden Fresh Pico de Gallo

A wonderful use for your green tomatoes, this casserole will please even the pickiest eaters. The tart tomatoes are complemented...

Fresh Tomato Tart

Perfect for brunch, this tomato tart has an impressive presentation and a succulent taste. This dish is a great way...

Curried Fresh Tomato Sauce

Yield :  4 servings Ingredients 1 pound tomatoes, cored and quartered 6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 2 jalapeno peppers,...

Creole Okra

This recipe combines the most treasured bounty of a summer garden — peppers, okra, and tomatoes — in a delicious...

Confetti Herbed Vegetables

Yield :  4 servings Ingredients 8 to 10 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1-½ cups fresh corn kernels, cut from...

Basil Tomato Soup

Ingredients 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 small onion chopped finely 1 clove of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons of all-purpose...