Grow your own

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is the best way to save money and get the freshest produce available. But when is the best time to buy tomato plants?

Q. Kelly

We have had some tomato plants which cropped well, but have been killed by the heat and I wish to grow more. Yesterday I came across some grafted tomato plants for sale. They looked healthy but some had quite large tomatoes already on them. Would one get value from plants like this or would one be just throwing money away?

A. Also provided by Teena Crawford

Home grown tomatoes have amazing flavour! Not to mention the great satisfaction one gets from growing produce at home. This grafted tomato plant would provide a good crop for many weeks to come.

The advantage of a grafted tomato is they produce much higher yields. By purchasing a plant that is semi-established cropping commences much sooner – an advantage since it is almost the end of January (tomatoes are best grown during the warmer months of the year).

A small grafted plant would also be OK to purchase but it will be at least 6-8 weeks before cropping commences.

Tomatoes can also be grown from seed. Sow seed in late Spring when the weather is warmer after winter.

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