Best Tomato Growing Tips

Share your best tomato growing tips or questions with Tomato Dirt readers!

What are your best tomato growing tips? Gardeners like you know best.

We want to hear from you. Tell us your favorite tip so we can share your experience with other Tomato Dirt readers. Or share a question you have about growing tomatoes. We’ll publish your approved submission on its own page.

Sometimes it’s just one idea that can make all the difference for another gardener.

And with tens of thousands of tomato gardeners out there … well, combined that’s a LOT of experience.

So when you ask questions or share your experiences, we learn from each other and get new ideas about what to try in our gardens.

Here's a sampling of the kinds of information readers want to know from you or the topics you may have questions about:

  • Do you use any special planting tricks?
  • Where and when do you plant?
  • Do you stake – or not?
  • What kind of crop do you get?
  • What kind of challenges do you face?
  • What have you learned from year to year?

We hope you’ll also send a picture if you’ve got one!

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(By the way, if you want to tell us more than one tip or ask more than one question, please go ahead! Just use a separate submission page for each tip.)

Thanks for sharing – and happy gardening!

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Amending Soil With Egg Shells 
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Stacking straw around base of plants 
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Starting Tomatoes Early 
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May I set out my tomato plants if the overnight forecast is cold? 
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How to grow healthier and bigger tomatoes 
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More Tomatoes for Deserts 
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Turning Your Tomato Plants  
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My March Madness !!! 
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Soil amendments 
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