On your Marks, Get Set, Grow!
There's nothing like the taste of homegrown tomatoes, freshly picked from the vine and spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and have a go at growing some yourself!
What you will need:
- Tomato Plant, Peat-Free Compost, 35cm Pot, Gardening Gloves, Tomorite Tomato Feed 1.3L, Watering Can, Trowel, Bamboo Stakes (two 6ft, one 3ft), Jute String -
What to do:
Step One: Fill your pot with compost until it reaches the rim
Step Two: Pat down the compost so it is even
Step 3: Push the two 6ft bamboo stakes into either side of the pot until secure
Step 4: Using your trowel, create a hole big enough for your tomato plant to sit in
Step 5: Carefully tease the tomato plant out by gently squeezing the pot to loosen it (tip: avoid touching the stem)
Step 6: Place the tomato plant into the hole in the soil and firm in, making sure to re-cover any gaps
Step 7: Secure the final (3ft) bamboo stake as a horizontal support, using jute string to tie in place
Step 8: Water well - focus on watering around the plant rather than over the leaves
Step 9: As soon as fruits start to develop, feed the plant with Tomorite
TOP TIP: Make sure you pinch out the very small leaves/shoots between the central stem and the branch - these are called 'suckers' or 'axils' and removing them will ensure that the plant's energy goes into producing fruit instead of leaves