Enjoy a real tomato that bursts with flavour at every bite with our handy growing guide.
A tomato plant needs at least 6-7 hours of sun a day to produce lots of fruit.
They also like protection from wind and need warm soil to flourish.
Apply a mulch of lucerne hay, pea straw or sugar cane when the soil has warmed up, which could be late spring or early summer in cold regions.
Mulch reduces weeds and helps to keep moisture in the soil. You can apply mulch right up to the stem of the tomato plant.
3. Enrich the soil
Free-draining, warm soil is essential.
Dig organic matter such as compost, aged cow manure or Dynamic Lifter Plus Vegetable Food into the soil before planting.
A sprinkling of sulphate of potash helps with flower and fruit development, and with disease resistance.
If your soil is acidic, which you can check with a pH kit, add liquid lime to the soil as a lime deficiency can cause blossom end rot.