The most popular vegetable going - even those people who consider themselves avowed non-gardeners somehow always seem to make room somewhere for a plant or two!
Culture: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the planting out stage - use a soil-less growing mix to lessen the chance of problems. Keep the temperature of the seeding mix at 21-24 C (70-75 F) to ensure prompt germination. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1.5") high transplant to their own containers - keep the seedlings under bright light at a temperature of 16-21 C (60-70 F) until planting out time in mid-late May. After hardening off, transplant the seedlings into a loose, well-drained organic soil about 60 cm (24") apart for determinate varieties and 90 cm (36") apart for indeterminate varieties.
Tomatoes thrive on three things - warmth, all the sunlight they can get and an even, steady supply of water. Use a granular or water-soluble fertilizer high in phosphorus and potash - avoid excessive use of nitrogen. When watering, apply the water to the soil rather than showering down over the plants and if possible apply mulch around the base of the plants to protect against soil borne diseases and to help conserve soil moisture.