Tomatoes to grow in garden beds
If you plan to grow tomatoes in a veggie patch or raised garden bed, there are all sorts of interesting varieties to try. Prepare the soil first by digging in some organic matter, and giving it a good drink with some liquid fertiliser. Also, the best way to encourage healthy fruiting in any variety is to stake the plants while they are still young.
One of the most popular tomato varieties to grow in Australia is the Gross Lisse. Great for staking, this trusty plant produces good yields of medium to large fruits and is able to adapt to most soil conditions. This variety produces the best fruit in a protected, warm, sunny spot with deep free-draining soil.
Truss Tomatoes are another good option for staking in a garden bed and generally grow up to 1.8m. So called because each plant produces bunches or ‘trusses’ of tomatoes that can carry up to six medium-sized fruits. This bushing variety has a good resistance to disease and will enjoy a small amount of fertilising every few weeks once the plant starts flowering.
Tomato Tasty slice is a dwarf growing variety which produces masses of medium sized fruit. Ideal for growing in both pots or garden beds in nutrient rich soil or potting media. This plant has good hybrid vigour and disease resistance.
A large, beefsteak type tomato with a delicious, old fashioned flavour. Ideal for the home garden, this high yielding tomato produces large, flavoursome, bright red fruit.