Digging up the best gardening tips for growing tomatoes and using them
At Tomato Dirt, we like to grow tomatoes.
93% American gardening households (people like you) grow them, too.
Like anything else, there are some special things to know about growing tomatoes and some pitfalls to avoid. We get excited when we share our gardening tips with you – and you find out that growing tomatoes is easy with just a little help from a friend.
Most everyone agrees a fresh tomato tastes so much better than those bought in the store. That’s one reason growing them is so popular.
Plus, when you grow your own, you have a continuous supply – enough for canning, freezing, drying, with some extras to share.
Anyone can do it. Even if you live in a house with only a small yard or in an apartment patio, you can grow tomatoes in pots or containers. You can even grow them indoors.
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