Tomato Tips

by Seasonal Wisdom on May 3, 2014

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It’s easy to understand why tomatoes are the most popular food to grow in the garden. Tomatoes taste so much better straight from the vine. Store-bought tomatoes just don’t compare.

To get your homegrown tomatoes off to a great start, here are some of Seasonal Wisdom’s favorite tomato tips and recipes…

Ten Tomato Tips for Trouble-Free Tomatoes

Why do some gardeners have gorgeous tomatoes, while others experience growing problems? Often it’s because they didn’t follow these ten tomato tips.

Tomato tips to help you grow the Green Zebra tomatoes shown hereDifferent Tomatoes to Grow

Green Zebra tomatoes (shown above in my old garden) are among the colorful and delicious varieties to try this year.  Consider:

Six Tomatoes for Cooking and Preserving

Heirloom Tomatoes to Try

Unusual Tomatoes and Eggplants to Grow

Three Ways to Cook with Tomatoes

Nothing beats a sun-kissed tomato picked from the garden and sliced fresh for sandwiches or salads. But you may want to cook them too!

Here are three of Seasonal Wisdom’s favorite ways to cook with tomatoes…


Photo copyright Viviane Bauquet Farre

Classic Heirloom Tomato Sauce

This delicious recipe for Classic Heirloom Tomato Sauce comes from the professional chef Viviane Bauquet Farre of

Once you taste this tomato sauce, you’ll see why this Seasonal Wisdom post remains so popular.

These tomato tips include a recipe for tomato tart

Photo copyright Isabel Gomes.

Tomato Tart

My talented photographer friend Isabel Gomes of shared this photo along with a delicious tart recipe she found in an old Williams-Sonoma catalog.

This one tastes as pretty as it looks!

Harvest tart with tomatoes, squashes and lots of herbs.Harvest Summer Tart

The best of the garden tomatoes, summer squashes and onions are combined with loads of fresh herbs and goat cheese. For last year’s summer harvest, I concocted this recipe for Fiskars.

The secret to success? Use the freshest ingredients, and eat this tart right away. The puff pastry tastes best straight from the oven.

What tomatoes are you planning to grow? Do you have any tomato tips to share?

All photos are copyright Seasonal Wisdom, unless otherwise noted.

{ 1 comment }

Cass May 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I had much success with tomatoes last summer. I grew over 200 lbs, the equivalent of $400+.
I am fortunate to have tomatoes sprouting in my compost, and started over 200 tomato seeds indoors four weeks ago.
I like to wait till tomatoes are over a foot tall before transplanting.
For pictures of my tomato harvest last year, click the link:
I have many tips and ways to garden for free and in abundance on my blog. Feel free to explore!
-Thanks :)

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