Tomatoes are a staple of the modern vegetable diet. They can be eaten on their own or included in a salad, put on a pizza, or made into sauce. Here is what tomatoes require in order to grow:
Starting: Tomatoes can be started indoors in order to give seedlings a head start while nights are still too cold. They should be planted outside by May 15th.
Sunlight: Tomatoes need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. Make sure to plant them in a sunny spot. South and west facing windows and beds get the highest exposure to sunlight.
Water: Tomatoes need to be kept in moist soil. Be sure to water them frequently.
Spacing: Plants should be spaced between two and three feet apart.
Misc. Tips: To ensure that plants grow strong roots, bury up to 2/3 of the stem. Hairs on the stem will become roots when submerged in the soil, anchoring the plant and increasing water and mineral absorption. Watch out for fungal infections which will produce black spots on lower leaves, and remove these leaves if you see any. Watch out for caterpillars and remove them from tomato plants if they are eating the leaves.