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Vegetable Planting Schedule for Tomatoes

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Tomatoes


My Dad loved having a potted cherry tomato plant on his doorway, and my Mom is able to create a feast worthy of royalty, with nothing in her fridge besides tomatoes.  Needless to say, they are a part of my heritage.

Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Tomatoes


Homemade Ketchup, Barbecue Sauce, Tomato Sauce and more are right at your fingertips.  Use this Vegetable Planting Schedule for Tomatoes to grow your own tomatoes and you’ll be Blanching Your Own Tomatoes rocking this Perfect Chili too.  You can get a lot of fruit for your labour from even one plant, and these seedlings smell amazing! Almost seems too easy doesn’t it?


Start by determining the space you want to use to grow tomatoes.  You should allow 2′ for every healthy plant.  If you’ve got a 4′ x 4′ space, you’ll have room for 4  plants.  So give yourself 50% more seeds, so in this case you’ll want to have 6 plants.  You will end up thinning out the smallest and sickliest looking seedlings. Therefore you’ll need to start with 18 seeds.  You can usually buy them in packages of 20, 50 and 100.  


  • Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last spring frost date.    
  • Harden off plants over the course of a week.
  • Till aged manure or compost into your garden soil
  • Put them in a part of your garden where they will have full sun and well-drained soil. 
  • Pinch off a few of the lower branches on transplants, and plant the root ball deep enough so that the remaining lowest leaves are just above the surface of the soil.
  • Water the transplants very well.
  • Put in stakes or cages  at the time of planting. Staking keeps developing fruit off the ground, while caging let’s the plant hold itself upright

Vegetable Planting Schedule for Tomatoes plus growing tips



  • Mulch thickly to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. They like a lot of water, but need to be in well drained soil.
  • Don’t plant tomatoes near the Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, CabbageCauliflower,Corn or Potatoes
  • Tomatoes can be grown near Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Carrots, Celery, Dill, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Parsley, Peppers, Radishes, Spinach and Thyme
  • Inspect for insect pests regularly.


  • Leave your tomatoes on the vine as long as possible. 
  • If your tomato plant still has fruit when the first hard frost threatens, pull up the entire plant and hang it upside down in the basement or garage. Pick tomatoes as they redden.
  • To freeze, core  tomatoes and place them whole in freezer bags or containers. 
  • If you end up with an over abundance, make homemade tomato sauce, or salsa! I recommend our Market Garden Salsa, and our Tomato and Pepper Salsa 


Vegetable Planting Guide for Tomatoes and Growing Tips for Fresh Garden Tomatoes


Get your printable Planting Schedule -Starting Indoors – for reference and to help keep you on track, and check out these other gardening posts to help you get the most out of your garden. Also, check out our article on the Easiest Veggies to Grow – it’s perfect for anybody just starting out, or who doesn’t necessarily have the time to devout to a garden. 

Starting Seedlings , Laying out your PlotMaintenance PlannersJournalsPlanting Schedules for Direct Seeding, and Planting Schedules for Starting Seeds Indoors and don’t forget our growing tips for cabbage, broccoli lettuce and cauliflower.

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Green Bean Salad

Garden Fresh Green Bean Salad

Raid your garden to make this super quick and best ever green bean salad

Fresh from the Garden Green Bean Salad Recipe

This really easy to make side dish packs a big punch in presentation – and it is super delicious also!

I love green beans.  I think I always have.  I have been raiding gardens for green beans, peas and cucumbers for as long as I can remember.

Aside from straight off the bean plant – this salad is my favourite way ever to enjoy them.  I have one other recipe that I totally love – but I’ll save that for another time!


  • Green Beans (if you have already harvested your beans and have put them in the freezer – fear not – you can use frozen beans in this recipe)  approx. a pound or however many you have
  • Cherry Tomatoes approx. 2 cups
  • One very small onion
  • 1/4 ranch dressing
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme




1. Thinly slice the onion and mix it with the dressing and thyme.
2. Wash the tomatoes and add them into the onion mixture.  Stir to coat

Grean Bean Salad with Cherry Tomatoes fresh from the Garden Recipe

3. Fill a medium sized pot with water and bring to a boil.  Add beans into the boiling water and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from stove, drain beans and add them to serving dish

Grean Bean Salad with Cherry Tomatoes fresh from the Garden Recipe

4. Top the beans with the tomato and onion mixture.  Voila!

Grean Bean Salad with Cherry Tomatoes fresh from the Garden Recipe