Tasty Tomatoes From The Container Garden

The succulent tomatoes are ripening in the container garden. Tonight I picked three to slice up and eat with our tacos, and I must say the flavor was divine. There is no way you can get tomatoes this tasty at the store, so I definitely recommend growing your own organic tomatoes. All you need to start a container garden are containers and potting soil. You can even use miracle grow if you want to give your tomato plants a jump start, or opt for a natural potting mix with peat moss The key to container gardening is to just buy a few plants you know you will enjoy rather than buying ones you do not really care for. I love most vegetables, but tomatoes happen to be one of my favorites. Thus, I decided to plant several tomato plants in my container garden, which means I am now enjoying many ripe tomatoes.

When I was gardening the other day, I happened to see a bird trying to make a cat move by squawking and flying back and forth. You never know what you will see outside when you garden on your patio. Gardening is quite an adventure because it allows people to spend time outside, and we really should all be doing more of this.

Two red tomatoes are on the vine and ready to pick.
Two red tomatoes are on the vine and ready to pick.

I get so excited as I am waiting to pick my red tomatoes waiting for me on the vines of my beloved plants. Honestly, I never thought I would love container gardening this much, but I actually look forward to seeing the little tomato plants each day.

The beef steak tomato is beginning to turn red.
The beef steak tomato is beginning to turn red.

Watching the tomatoes grow on the vine is quite exciting. I am even more pleased when each tomato begins to turn red. Large tomatoes are great on sandwiches, so gardening can help you plan the weekly menu.

I love the shape of this early girl tomato, which will soon begin to turn red.
I love the shape of this early girl tomato, which will soon begin to turn red.

I love the shape of the early girl tomato above, even if it has yet to turn red. The tomato looks quite divine when viewed from this particular angle. Some people only like big tomatoes, or little tomatoes, but sometimes a medium sized tomato is the best. The tomato is somewhere in the middle, and will taste great in a salad.

One of three tomatoes in this clump is beginning to turn red.
One of three tomatoes in this clump is beginning to turn red.

In the group of three tomatoes pictured here, the one on the right is beginning to turn red. There is something very satisfying about a tomato beginning to turn red. Some people enjoy eating tomatoes partially red,but I like to let the tomatoes sit on the vine so these become completely red. A ripe tomato just tastes better.

A tomato is turning red.
A tomato is turning red.

A red early girl tomato hiding behind the green ones. Early girl tomatoes taste divine when sliced up with salads.

Another picture of the red tomato hiding behind the green ones.
Another picture of the red tomato hiding behind the green ones.

Watching the tomatoes turn red is very enjoyable, and I have already used a few in salads.

Another view of the red tomato.
Another view of the red tomato.

If you are an organic container gardener like me, you will have to periodically check your tomato plants for worms. I have caught a few this summer, which I promptly throw into the trash.

Yet another picture of the tomato on the back of the plant turning red.
Yet another picture of the tomato on the back of the plant turning red.

Gardening can also be inspiration for a photo essay on tomatoes.

Here is a delicious beef steak tomato that I have picked.
Here is a delicious beef steak tomato that I have picked.

I was very excited to pick the first beef steak tomato, and it is waiting to be used in sandwiches and salads. The light reflecting off the tomato makes it look inviting, and makes me dream of more tomatoes to come.

Two tomatoes turning red on the tomato plant.
Two tomatoes turning red on the tomato plant.

There are plenty more tomatoes turning red on my plants, so I have more delectable fruit to look forward to in the weeks to come. Yes, I know we consider tomatoes to be a vegetable, but they are really classified as a fruit. Actually, home grown tomatoes are very sweet, and I recommend eating one every day. So much better than drinking sugary soda. If you really want a sweet drink, I recommend drinking some lovely fresh squeezed orange juice along with a garden salad.

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lzlpio90 5 years ago

i love tomatoes too! when i was young, i used to eat green tomatoes which i preferred than red ones and honestly, i got hooked up to this... Its so crunchy and yummy! i still remembered i happened to pick one tomato on our neighbor's backyard!LOL.. Awesome hub!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Izlpio90 for commenting! You know green tomatoes are very popular in certain dishes, and I think they actually have a nice taste as well.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Ah, they payout! Those yummy tomatoes!


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Dearest Sweetie Pie,

Your tomatoes looks fabulous! And ripening so much faster than mine on the Central Coast! Thank you for sharing!

Blessings Always, Earth Angel!


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Nice video and photos, Julia. There's absolutely nothin' like home grown tomatoes...reminds me of my mom and what beautiful, healthy plants she always grew...takes a lot of love and attention to grow plants like yours.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Paradise,

Yes, I am very happy about the tomato plants finally producing ripe tomatoes :). It is worth the wait.

Earth Angel,

I get a lot of sun here in Southern California, and I have discovered I probably can grow tomatoes year around here. Your tomatoes should be ripening soon, probably by the end of next month.

alekhouse,

Yes, I thought the video was funny because I got the cat in the bird in there, too. I am sure your mom made lots of great food with the tomatoes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

There is nothing to beat the taste of a freshly picked tomato from the vine, it looks as though you have quite a crop! Enjoy! and thanks for sharing.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Movie Master,

Yes, I am quite happy with this crop.


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happypuppy 5 years ago

Wow...your tomatoes look so good! I love tomatoes as well. Last year, I tried growing cherry tomatoes in a container and it only yieded a few tomatoes. I will definitely try again next season. Now, I am busy with my container project. I have just published my hub on containing gardening. Hope you stop by to take a look and give me some suggestions. Thanks!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Tomatoes never taste so good as when you grow them yourself


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Very true Hello, Hello!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Happy Puppy,

I will definitely stop by your hub and look. I hope your tomatoes flourish next season.


george 567 5 years ago

you are a great surprise, sweetiepie! i had never had, good resuls with this crop, but i will keep trying.


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prettydarkhorse 16 months ago from US

Nice advice on growing tomatoes on your own.


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SweetiePie 16 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Prettydarkhorse!


alekhouse@aol.com 16 months ago

Wow, Julia, they look great! And I know from experience, they taste way better than store bought


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prettydarkhorse 16 months ago from US

I love really the idea about planting in a container, Thumbs up.


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SweetiePie 16 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

I think tomatoes are fun and easy to grow.


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prettydarkhorse 15 months ago from US

Yup.


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SweetiePie 15 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for all he great comments on this hub. Glad to see it getting some activity again.


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prettydarkhorse 15 months ago from US

You can tweet it.


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SweetiePie 15 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yeah I do tweet it, but I mean comment wise :). I only get a few comments on Hubpages these days.

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