Tomato Project – Growing Tomatoes Indoors – Summer Guide
The summer’s heading in fast, so for those of you with east facing windows and sunny apartment spaces, it might seem like the world around you is becoming a lot greener, whilst your compact living space isn’t as colourful as it could be. Perhaps it’s time for a spot of indoor tomato farming with your very own Tomato project.
So, we’re going to discuss one of the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways you can set up your own indoor tomato project, maximum summer fun guaranteed. There’s nothing like a fun activity with the added bonus of free food at the end to get you feeling cool and calm on those long balmy evenings. It’s good for you. Tending plants is very relaxing.
Your most basic and fun way to grow tomatoes involves a grow bag – a plastic sack filled with ready to grow compost. Head to Homebase, you can pick up a bag and the accompanying tray for it to sit on top of for around £7. You can also pick up at Homebase for a couple of pounds each. You will need three plants to fill up your grow bag.
Once you get the grow bag you will need to place it in the most advantageous spot possible in terms of light and air. In terms of space, your grow bag tray measures 39 x 100cm and is best situated directly under a window, for light and ventilation. Bonus points if your window faces east or west – this means it will receive direct sunlight in the morning or afternoon.
When you’re ready to plant, place the bag on the tray and open holes in the marked spots. Then you need to hand dig a 3-4 inch crater in the compost. Then, get the plant out of its pot as gently as possible, gently shake the excess dirt off the roots, and bury the root system in your compost crater. Make sure you pack soil on top of the roots too so the plant stays sturdy.
Your plants could grow up to five foot tall, so some small bamboo canes or other support should be in order. There are varying specialist products marketed as ‘grow bag supports’ from as low as £5 – these can be used again next year and are a decent investment. Keep your plants tied to these with thread or just allow them to wind around it.
As for feeding and caring there are products aimed at feeding tomatoes in grow-bags – google can help you find them, but if you’re going as chemical free as possible, we recommend watering your plants every day† – tomatoes love water, but don’t flood them.
For advanced tomato tips check the Royal Horticultural Society’s tomato article for some in depth ideas. There’s a lot on this page about pruning tips to limit the size, potential pests and problem solving, the plant’s general life cycle, and lots more expert gardening advice. Have fun and good luck, and remember Google can solve any additional gardening problems you might have.