Have you ever wanted to grow your own tomatoes? Of course you have. They’re cheerful, delicious, and healthy, and with a self-grown supply, you can brag to your friends about your green-fingered ventures.
Not to mention, your salsa (or Bloody Marys, if you’re that way inclined) will be the best in town. Well, read on, because to grow your own tomatoes is much, much simpler than you think.
The tomato is technically a fruit, but we tend to prepare and eat it like a vegetable. If you love them, you’re in luck; Healthline tells us that tomatoes are a renowned antioxidant, meaning they can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
Also, the iconic red tomato that we all know and love is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Yellow, orange, green, and even purple tomatoes exist out there in the world, too. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’re starting simple!
We’re taking a leaf (make that a pinch of dirt) out of The Wannabe Homesteader‘s book and are lauding this three-item tomato-growing hack for its amazing ease and simplicity. All you need to start growing your very own tomato vines is a pot, some dirt, and some ripe tomato slices.
If you live in the country, no problem! If you live in the city, beg for or borrow the items you need, or find them easily in your local gardening supply store. No excuses; you’ll be a green-fingered aficionado in no time.
To recap, you’ll need these three basic items:
1. A pot (made of plastic or clay)
2. A pot’s worth of good dirt (you can buy a bag of compost from a gardening supply store if you don’t have access to the real deal)
3. Tomato slices from a ripe tomato
The method, you’ll be delighted to learn, is as refreshingly simple as the list above.
First, fill your pot with dirt. Second, take a ripe tomato; dig deep, and find that tomato that’s possibly a little overripe and destined for the compost heap. Cut it into quarter-inch-thick slices. Next, place your tomato slices onto the surface of the dirt and cover them with another layer of dirt.
Pro tip: bury them shallow. Ideally, you want just a thin covering of dirt over your tomato slices.
In terms of maintenance, all you’ll need to do is water them a little every day. Keep an eye on them for two weeks, nonchalantly and from a distance if that’s your preference. Otherwise, nurture your inner child and set up camp next to the pot with a look of intense expectation of your face if you really can’t wait for those little seedlings to emerge!
Emerge they will. Within a couple of weeks, you should see healthy little seedlings pushing through the dirt, and you can even transfer some of the bigger seedlings to a larger pot for the best possible results. The Wannabe Homesteader recommends that two vines per pot is ideal.
So, what have we learned? Don’t throw away your overripe tomatoes! There’s a wealth of wholesome, fruit-growing fun to be had.