Tomatoes: Know, Sow, Grow

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Growing tomatoes is often the impetus for starting a vegie garden. Every tomato-lover dreams of growing the ultimate firm but juicy, sweet but tangy, colourful and flavoursome, blemish-free tomato. Learn from expert tomato grower and author of Tomato: Know, Sow, Grow, Feast!, Penny Woodward who will reveal her tips and tricks to growing the ultimate in great-tasting tomatoes.

You will discover:

  • Why heirloom varieties are so important
  • How to grow from seed and seedlings
  • What plants to select
  • How to prepare your soils
  • How to plant to maximise success
  • To prune or not to prune?
  • Best varieties for container growing
  • When to fertilise, support and protect your plants
  • Troubleshooting issues: pest & disease
  • What determines tomato flavours?
  • Collecting tomato seed, drying and storing

Penny's book: Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast can be purchased & signed by Penny on the day

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Your Presenter

Penny is a dedicated organic gardener with a degree in botany and zoology. She is the author or co-author of 8 gardening books, including the award-winning ‘Garlic, an organic guide to knowing, sowing and using garlic’ and multi-award winning ‘Tomato – know sow grow feast’.

A life member of the Australian Garlic Industry Association, Penny is also a patron of the Victorian Herb Society and a member of the Horticultural Media Association. For eight years, she was the horticultural editor of ABC’s Organic Gardener magazine and their essential guides, calendar and diary.

For 20 years, she has written and taken photographs for both the magazine and the Organic Gardener website She also has her own websites on edible and useful plants at and on garlic at

The Location

Heronswood is the home of The Diggers Foundation, a living catalogue of garden treasures showcasing all that can be found in Diggers Club magazines and books.

 At the heart of Heronswood is a cottage garden of meandering paths and lawns, seamlessly combining edible and ornamental plantings. Australia’s first certified organic open garden, it is the place to learn about sustainable practices and the preservation of heirloom flowers and vegetables. 

A working garden for gardeners, with new projects always on the go and ideas to take home to your patch. Heronswood delights throughout the changing seasons, with the warmer summer months bringing the stunning perennials into full show.

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Tomatoes: Know, Sow, Grow

11 November 2023

Heronswood (Dromana)

Saturday 10am - 11:30am

Limited tickets, don't miss out.

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