The two types of tomato plants are determinate and indeterminate. Determinate tomatoes don’t need supports but take up more space. Most of the popular tomato varieties are indeterminate, and I recommend you start with these.

Tomatoes relish a warm, sheltered, sunny location. Sowing seed indoors in late winter or early spring will give the plants a fantastic head start and increase yields over a longer period. Tomatoes are frost-tender, so don’t transplant them outside until all risk of frost has passed. A light-colored, south-facing wall is the ideal spot to grow tomatoes and in medium to large containers (a tire planter will also work well) filled with a 50/50 mix of topsoil and (preferably) homemade ...

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