Tomatoes can be the most rewarding of vegetables. They are easy to grow from seeds and can be grown in any size garden providing they are in a warm, sheltered spot. But it's important to choose the right variety, suited to the space you have available, and the location. Sow between February and April to enjoy harvests between July and October. Find out more about growing your own tomatoes with our how to grow tomatoes growing guide.
Tomato plants are grouped into cordon and bush types (also sometimes called indeterminate and determinate types), and a range of different shapes and sizes. Cherry varieties are great for snacks and lunchboxes. Plum varieties are oval in shape with few seeds, ideal for cooking. Salad varieties are medium-sized, round and very versatile. Beefsteak varieties are prized for their juiciness and flavour.