For home grown tomato lovers in temperate areas it can seem like a very, very long winter. Have you been just itching to get your tomatoes going?  The arrival of August means that you can start off tomato seeds on a warm, bright windowsill, so the seedlings are ready for planting out as soon as any chance of frost has passed.

For tomato growing addicts that love a large a juicy tomato with old-fashioned beefsteak flavour, try Yates® Tomato ‘Big Beef. It’s great for growing in vegie patches and also pots.  And if you love cherry tomatoes then try Yates Tomato ‘Sweet Bite’, which is a prolific variety that produces clusters of sweet, bite sized tomatoes.

Here’s how to get your tomatoes started:

  • Fill some empty seedling punnets with a good quality seed raising mix like Yates Seed Raising Mix.
  • Sow seed 3 – 6 mm deep (check your chosen variety for the correct sowing depth), cover with seed raising mix and water gently.
  • Place the punnets in a warm, sunny spot. A brightly lit windowsill is ideal.
  • Keep the mix moist and seedlings will start to emerge in around 10 – 14 days.
  • When the seedlings are around 5 cm tall, they can be transplanted into their final home, in either a garden bed that’s been enriched with some handfuls of Yates Dynamic Lifter®  Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser or a container. Only transplant seedlings out once there will be no more frosts!
  • In a fortnight, start feeding each week with Yates Thrive® Tomato Liquid Plant Food, which will provide the tomatoes with a balanced diet of nutrients to promote lots of healthy growth and encourage lots of flowers which will turn into delicious fruit.
  • Green thumb tip: a Yates Mini Greenhouse creates a wonderful protected environment to start off tomato seedlings.


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Learn how to grow tomatoes with Yates Gardening. Once you grow and taste your own tomatoes (or any vegie for that matter), you don't go back.