It is best to buy healthy, sturdy tomato seedlings from a local nursery or garden centre. Starting tomato seedlings indoors requires a sunny, south-facing window and additional light, otherwise the seedlings will get spindly. Buying seedlings also allows you to try out without much effort several different varieties to find out which ones grow best in your garden. If you prefer to start your tomatoes from seed and have the favourable conditions described above, see the how-to about seed starting
After purchasing your seedlings give them 4 to 7 days to adjust to your area before planting (see more about hardening off seedlings before planting
). During that time, water them daily or twice a day in hot weather.
Good and bad companions for tomatoes
Good companions for tomatoes are asparagus, beans, carrots, cucumbers, onions, peppers and several herbs including, basil, borage, chives, mint, parsley, sage and thyme. Tomatoes do not grow well next to sweetcorn, dill and potatoes.