Growing tomatoes

The Diggers Club pioneered the heirloom tomato movement in Australia over 20 years ago.

Each year we grow tomato plants in our trial gardens and rate them for flavour, appearence and yield. Only the best make it through our selection process to be offered for sale as heirloom tomato seeds.

Why grow heirloom tomato varieties?
Heirloom tomatoes have been saved in backyard gardens for generations and hold a continuous link to our gardening heritage. They produce fruit for months on end, taste better and produce high yields- Tigerella produces up to 20kg in a season!

Supermarket hybrid tomatoes are usually dwarf bushy varieties which are easy to machine harvest and bred for long-distance travel. The flavour of these rock hard hybrids are a constant source of disappointment for consumers. 

PLANTING YOUR MAIL ORDER HEIRLOOM TOMATO SEEDLINGS

Growing tomato tips

Home gardeners can grow tomatoes from seeds or seedlings. Tomatoes are grown over the warmer months, as they dislike frosts.
Growing tomatoes from seed
- Sow tomato seeds in punnets, jiffy pots or coir pots. Seeds are sown 5 to 6 weeks before you want to plant them in the ground

- Place in a warm, well lit spot to germinate, taking care not to let them dry out

- Once the seeds have germinated make sure they get enough light to avoid becoming 'leggy'. Start watering them with a weak solution of liquid fertiliser

- When seedlings have developed their second set of leaves, transplant the young plants into larger tubes until they are big enough to plant in the garden

Growing tomato seedlings

- Tomato seedlings are planted out into a well prepared soil once the chance of frost is over and the soil temperature is about 18-20 degrees

- Space plants 1m apart to ensure good air flow and provide enough room for support for tall varieties

- Watering with drip irrigation will avoid water splashing onto the leaves and disease setting in

- Mulch to keep root cool and to reduce soil evaporation

Feed tomato plants throughout the season to ensure a beautiful crop

Fact sheet- growing tomatoes

Want to find out how to grow tomatoes? We've put together this tomato growing fact sheet to help explain how to sow tomato seeds, planting, training and on-going care to ensure you get a bumper harvest.

Q & A- Growing tomatoes

Our Diggers Club garden experts answer your top questions on growing tomatoes in this growing tomatoes Q&A. Find out which fertilisers to use, the best trellis system and how much water tomatoes need. 

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