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Kitchen Gardening

All About Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the favorite food crop of America's home gardeners.

Photo/Illustration: Danielle Sherry

Tomatoes are the favorite food crop of America’s home gardeners. If you need information on selecting tomato varieties or on growing, pruning, and trellising your plants, and protecting them from pests, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got tomato recipes, on this site, too, and many more to offer on our sister site, FineCooking.com.

Homegrown/Homemade Video Series: Tomatoes

I like my greens and beans, but tomatoes are at the top of my gardening food pyramid. And I’m not alone. In a 2009 survey, 89% of the home gardeners surveyed in a 2009 National Gardening Association research study said they grow tomatoes, almost double the number growing cukes, the runner-up. So it’s not surprising that tomatoes are popular on VegetableGardener.com, where you’ll find a wealth of information on the topic. You’ll find a sampling below. The most viewed of these to date are marked with a tomato icon.

For an entertaining video overview of planting, pruning, staking, preserving, and cooking with tomatoes, watch Homegrown/Homemade: Tomatoes.

How to select, plant, and prune tomatoes
How to Grow Beefsteak Tomatoes    Growing Trouble-Free Cherry Tomatoes   Selecting and Growing Great Paste Tomatoes   Tomato Plants - Determinate, Indeterminate and VFFNTA
Top ten How to Grow Beefsteak Tomatoes    Growing Trouble-Free Cherry Tomatoes   Selecting and Growing Great Paste Tomatoes   Top ten Determinate, Indeterminate, and VFFNTA Tomatoes
             
Tomatoes for Stuffing   Beyond Beefsteak Tomatoes: In Search of the Unusual   Tomato Trivia, Your Health,  And George Clooney   Heirloom Tomato History
Tomatoes for Stuffing   Beyond Beefsteaks   Tomato Trivia, Your Health, and George Clooney   Heirloom Tomato History
             
 The Tomato Dilemma: What kinds should I plant?    Video: How to Plant Tomatoes    Video: Early Pruning of Tomato Plants    Video: How to Prune Tomatoes
The Tomato Dilemma: What Kinds Should I Plant?   Top ten Video: How to Plant Tomatoes   Top ten Video: Early Pruning of Tomato Plants   Video: How to Prune Tomatoes
             
 How to Start Tomato Plants from Cuttings    Perfect Tomatoes Come from Unhurried Biochemistry    A Few Good Bugs to Fight Tomato Pests    The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes
Top ten How to Start Tomato Plants from Cuttings   Perfect Tomatoes Come from Unhurried Biochemistry   A Few Good Bugs to Fight Tomato Pests   Top ten The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes
             
Help Pollinate Your Tomato Plants    How Do You Choose Which Tomato Varieties to Grow?    Sweet Treats Lives Up to Its Name    'Tomaccio' Tomatoes Are All Dried Up
Help Pollinate Your Tomato Plants   How Do You Choose Which Varieties to Grow?   Sweet Treats Lives Up to Its Name    ‘Tomaccio’ Tomatoes are All Dried Up
             
Tis' the  Season...for Tomatoes that is...   Canning Tomatoes, Step by Step   2010 Tomato Roundup   2010 Tomato Roundup Winner and Results
‘Tis the Season for Tomatoes   Canning Tomatoes, Step by Step   2010 Tomato Roundup   2010 Tomato Roundup Winner and Results
             
It's Delicious Being Green   Green Tomatoes   Winter Tomatoes?    Should you grow determinate or indeterminate tomatoes
It’s Delicious Being Green   Green Tomatoes   Winter Tomatoes?   Should You Grow Determinate or Indeterminate Tomato Plants?
             
Tomato trellises, stakes, and other supports
A Freestanding Tomato Trellis Improves Yields and Keeps the Garden Neat    Placing some of the screws off-center lessens the liklihood that the top cross bar might split.   How to Support Tomatoes   DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
Top ten A Freestanding Tomato Trellis   Top ten Build an A-Frame Tomato Trellis (plan)   Top ten How to Support Tomatoes   Top ten DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
             
Three Garden Structures You Can Build    These tomato stakes were cut from an overgrown hedge.    Tomato vines cant climb by themselves. They benefit from support, and a short length ripped from an old sheet makes a perfect tie.    Four little plants, all in a row. I had to reduce the size of the trellis to fit the long boards of lumber in my car so instead of five plants, I only put in four.
Three Garden Structures You Can Build   The (Tomato) Stakes Are High   Old Bedsheets Make Great Tomato Ties   The Ultimate Tomato Trellis
             
Tomato q&a
QUESTION: Tomatoes   QUESTION: Help! Nematodes Are Killing My Beloved Tomatoes   QUESTION: Is it too late to prune tomatoes   QUESTION: Tomatoes not producing
Tomatoes not thriving   Nematode woes   When to prune?   Tomatoes not producing
             
QUESTION: Are assassin bugs friend or foe to tomato plants?   QUESTION: Tomato Problem....        
Assassin bugs: tomato friend or foe?   Curling leaves on tomato plants   Ask a tomato question…    
             
Tomato recipes
Oven-Roasted Whole Tomatoes    Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad    Herbed Goat Cheese Tartlets with Currant Tomatoes   Carrot Tomato Smoothie
Oven Roasted Whole Tomatoes   Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad   Herbed Goat Cheese Tartlets with Currant Tomatoes   Carrot Tomato Smoothie
             
Tipsy Tomatoes Create Tasty Drinks   Fried Green Tomatoes   Quick and Easy Homemade Salsa    
Tomato Vodka   Fried Green Tomatoes   Quick and Easy Homemade Salsa   Post your tomato recipe…
             
     • See more tomato recipes from VegetableGardener.com…

     • Browse tomato recipes from FineCooking.com…

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