How to grow patio tomatoes

Nancy Czerwinski By Nancy Czerwinski, 6th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/9u1jevx1/
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As we all know the price of food has been skyrocketing. I have been growing patio tomatoes on my patio for years. I thought this would be a very good time to share the directions for growing delicious, inexpensive tomatoes.

Salads, Salsa, Sauces

Growing patio tomatoes is easy. Fresh tomatoes in your salad is priceless. Fresh cut up tomatoes with salt and pepper make an excellent snack before dinner. Salsa made from fresh tomatoes and eaten with tortilla chips is a real treat. Your friends and family will thank you for taking the time to grow your own tomatoes. Sauces made from homemade tomatoes have a totally different taste from store bought sauces. I make all my own sauces. I will say making sauce is a little time consuming but the end result is worth it.

Preparing to plant tomatoes

The most important thing to do is get the right pot for your plant. They can be purchased at stores or found at flea markets. If you are lucky you may come across the perfect pot at a garage sale. Garden centers have a great selection of patio tomatoes. They will be marked patio tomatoes. Bring your tomatoes home and water them until you have your pots ready for planting.

Planting

Line up your pots in a row and make sure the drainage holes are large enough to release water. The last thing that you will need is soggy roots. Take bags of potting soil or topsoil and fill your pots about half way full with dirt. Remove your plants from the containers they came in. Place one in each pot. Be very careful to gently plant your tomato plants. Once your plant is in the pot you can start building up dirt around it to secure your plant. Leave approximately 2 inches from the rim of the pot. That will keep you from losing dirt when you water your plants. I've found that if you place a stick in each pot, then secure your plant to the stick with an old piece of fabric, it will grow straight and tall.

Miracle grow

By this time your plants are in the pots and looking for nutrients. At this point I mix up some miracle grow with water. Sprinkle the nutrients on each of your plants. I think investing in a good watering can would be a good idea. If you don't know where to find miracle grow, look in your nearest garden center.

Growing

The next step is the best step of all. Sit back and watch your plants grow. Remember to keep them watered and give them as much sun as possible. Before long you will have enough tomatoes for you, your family, friends and neighbors. These plants will provide your family with delicious treats all summer long.

Tips for growing beautiful tomatoes

Always check to make sure your plants have enough water. If tomato plants are in the bright sun, they will require more water. One way to know that your plants are thirsty is to look at the leaves of the plant. If the leaves are drooping they need water.

Storms

I have found through experience that if it looks like a storm is coming through, move your plants under your porch roof to protect them. Rain and hail could ruin all your hard work. Big storms can and do destroy plants.




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Nutrients, Patio, Sun, Tomatoes, Water

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Mark for publishing this article so quickly. I'm excited for everyone to read this. I personally love tomatoes.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Nancy you have my mouth watering for a tomato salsa about right now. These are excellent instructions for growing them. It seems like you have quite a good collection of your own.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Lee, thank you for reading my gardening article. I just finished making up many batches of tomato sauce. It tastes so good when you use fresh tomatoes. Fresh tomato salsa takes so good. I make mine with fresh peppers from the garden. We grow herbs to use in all my sauces. I have a big family and with the cost of food at the grocery store I try to cut corners every which way I can. I freeze all my sauces. When I'm ready to cook them they are simply delicious. I think my family may be spoiled because this is the only sauce they eat. I spent weeks cooking up big batches of my special sauce. I do love to do it though. I like saving money too.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Love tomatoes..beautiful to look at and wonderful to eat...enjoyed this informative share Nancy many thanks...:0)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Delicia, thank you for reading my article. Tomatoes and peppers are my favorites to make sauce with. I love serving my spaghetti sauce. My little ones love it. I usually serve that on a Sunday and put my sauce in my crock pot to simmer all day. The house always smells so good. I'm not sure if it's my tomato sauce or all the garlic I put in it.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Oct 2014 (#)

I have a large acreage so lots of garden space for them, for sure people without such space should use a patio or deck.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Oct 2014 (#)

Mark, do you have a large garden? Do you freeze or can?

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author avatar Retired
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Such a lovely piece about one of my favorites ... how I love tomatoes. Yum! Thanks for sharing this, Nancy. Beautiful photos.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Susan, thanks for reading my article and leaving such a nice comment. The pictures were taken on my back patio and I'm glad you liked them.

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author avatar Retired
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Useful info is always good to share. Several friends on Facebook belong to clubs by which they share organic seeds ... these days we really have to be careful about our sources. Monsanto has its hands in everything.
I don't have a patio, but the landlady has a patch on the property, and she grows good things.
Thank you, Nancy.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Oct 2014 (#)

r. nunez, thank you for sharing your comment with me. You are so right about Monsanto and I agree we do have to be very careful. Smiles to you today!

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author avatar snerfu
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Good tomato you have grown well I want to eat. Making squashes and jams makes my sun shine brighter. Great article Nancy, lovely ideas.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Snerfu, thanks for reading my article, I have butternut squash sitting on my table right now with one acorn squash. We had them in the garden this year. They are so good. We didn't grow spaghetti squash and I miss it. It's another one of my favorites and I'm going to try to get some from the farmer's market. I love jams but I've never tried to make them. Do you know how?

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author avatar snerfu
13th Oct 2014 (#)

Key to a good jam is in preparing the puree. Use plenty of sweetening. I like skin in my grape and tomato jams. For squash I suppose you cannot use the skin ha ha. Use souring agent like lemon or pineapple. The jam gets tangy.

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author avatar Retired
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Informative and well presented, dear Nancy. :)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Rama, thank you so much for reading my article. I'm so glad you liked it. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Utah Jay
8th Oct 2014 (#)

This was so well done and the pictures just perfect. We are making salsa today. We will end up with about 8 pints, I think, but the garden is done now and the nights grow cold.
Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Utah jay thank you for reading my article and thank you for such a wonderful comment. How do you make your salsa? Our garden is finished for this season too. The cold weather is moving in.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
9th Oct 2014 (#)

Will you follow up with a salsa recipe? Inquiring minds want to know!! ;)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
9th Oct 2014 (#)

Phyl, I'd be more than happy to share a salsa recipe! Smiles on this fine morning.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Interesting post and very inspired at the moment it was created, a true masterpiece of writing!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Fern for reading my article and such a nice comment.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2014 (#)

So uplifting to read this Nancy and thanks for sharing the details and tips. Tomatoes are well liked by all everywhere from children to elderly and they have real health benefits. I love to have them anytime - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Siva, thank you so much for reading my article. I'm glad you enjoyed it. We all love tomatoes and there are many benefits to eating them.

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author avatar tafmona
10th Oct 2014 (#)

hi, this is so amazing, in the world today we need to get alternatives to ensure that we are always food secure

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Tafmona, thanks so much for reading my article. I'm so glad you liked it.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
12th Oct 2014 (#)

Dear Nancy ...This is a very informative and interesting article ..
(BTW my friend's name is David Cant , and his wife is Dorothy.)
I appreciate your prayers for them .
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Oct 2014 (#)

Stella, thank you so much for reading my article. I will pray for David and his wife Dorothy. Prayer is very powerful. I will include them in all my prayers. I pray every day and night. God Bless you Stella.

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author avatar Natalia Jones
12th Oct 2014 (#)

This is inspiring... I have so much trouble growing anything! But I really want to get better at it.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Oct 2014 (#)

Natalia, thank you so much for reading my article. Smiles to you on this fine day.

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author avatar Utah Jay
12th Oct 2014 (#)

Tomatoes, onions, garlic, red, green, and jalapeño peppers, fresh corn, salt, pepper, red pepper, pineapple sage, and chopped olives, proportioned to your tastes and a 20 min water bath for pints and 30 mins for quarts.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
13th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Utah Jay! You are the best.

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author avatar ajit12
13th Oct 2014 (#)

really i like your gardening article..informative and useful post..thanks.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
13th Oct 2014 (#)

ajit12, thank you for reading my article. I'm so glad you liked it. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Retired
14th Oct 2014 (#)

This seems simple enough, but "green thumbs" over here (meaning me) would make the investment of time, money, effort, and water (not abundant where I am) according your excellent instructions and still not get a tomato to speak of. But I enjoyed reading from you how to do it!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Oct 2014 (#)

LeRain, thanks for the smile this morning. If you lived close I would just give you all the tomatoes you need. Thanks for reading my article. You are the best!

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author avatar Sherri Granato
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Sadly, I buried the last of my maters yesterday. I love tomato sandwiches. I need summer to come back.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Sadly, I buried the last of my maters yesterday. I love tomato sandwiches. I need summer to come back.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Sherri, thank you so much for reading my article. I miss my tomatoes too! Winter is on it's way.

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author avatar viewgreen
16th Oct 2014 (#)

Informative article with beautiful pictures. Thanks for the tips information. :)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
16th Oct 2014 (#)

viewgreen, thank you so much for reading my article. I'm so happy that you liked it.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Such great tips.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Such great tips.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Kingwell, you are the best! Thank you so much for reading so many of my articles.

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author avatar Retired
19th Oct 2014 (#)

The growing season is very short here in Minnesota. I depend on farmers markets for my tomatoes; the markets also feature local produce when it is in season. For a price, of course! :)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Oct 2014 (#)

R.C. thanks for stopping by and reading my article. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Ptrikha
3rd Nov 2014 (#)

Great overview on how to grow the crops.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
3rd Nov 2014 (#)

Ptrikha, thank you so much for stopping by to read about growing patio tomatoes.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
9th Jan 2015 (#)

Since the soil in my yard has some type of mold in it I choose to grow all my tomato plants in pots and they grow healthy and beautifully. Thank you for writing on this! You know so much about gardening and have offered a great deal of very helpful information here!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
9th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Judy for stopping by to read my article. I love growing plants in pots. We line them up on the back patio and they get plenty of light. Smiles to you!

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