If have successfully grown a variety of fauna and flora in your garden, growing tomatoes is very similar. It is not even necessary to have a big garden or spacious yard to do so to grow a selection of vegetables. It is actually fairly straightforward so let’s start with one of the most staple vegetables that go with many dishes, the tasty tomato. And, you really don’t need a lot of outdoor space to do so just some tomato seeds and the ability to be resourceful. Initially, it is essential to select the right variety of tomatoes that will be suited to the climate and soil conditions in your area as not all tomatoes need the same soil, weather and quantities of water. A few varieties don’t grow healthily indoors either so if you are planning on growing tomatoes inside then make sure you pick ones that will grow to a reasonable size. After all, you don’t want to grow extremely large tomatoes in a small pot so check the seed packet for more information as this will advise you where and how your chosen variety will thrive most. If you have decided to use seedlings instead, check with the staff where you purchased them as to which variety grows indoors the best.
It is then time to consider your geographic location and the tome of year as these factors will have a big impact on how and where to grow your tomatoes. If, for example, you lived in the USA where the climate in the south gets sun all year round you, then any small room that gets plenty of sun light will be ideal. On the other hand if you lived in say Alaska, its northern climate means there is little source of sunlight so you may have to create a room with artificial light for your tomatoes to grow successfully. The three main elements to remember when growing tomatoes are light, heat and moisture and with the latter, you will need to ensure weekly watering of around an inch of water. This needs to be done after transplanting the young plants into bigger containers, each of which should have a hole in the base which will allow your plants to soak up the water they need while still providing sufficient drainage for them. If water was allowed to accumulate at the bottom this may cause the roots to rot.
For the soil mixture, this must be made up of equal quantities of sphagnum peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. It is best to use sphagnum peat moss for starter seeds as it assists in the germination process more so than ordinary potting soil. The seeds will grow best at 80 degrees so always make sure they are getting the desired heat they require to thrive. So there you have it, everything you need to start growing tomatoes at home, indoors or outdoors, in a confined space or a large one. However, starting off with a few plants in a smaller space while you get the hang of things is always a good idea. And, you will be pleasantly surprised how much better your own home grown tomatoes taste in comparison to those bought from the grocery store or supermarket.