How to Grow Tomatoes and Cook with Them

How to Grow Sweeter, Juicier Tomatoes

Last Updated April 10, 2015

Here’s how to grow your own tomatoes—and put your bounty to good use.

There’s nothing like a fresh-picked garden tomato. The versatile fruit is a key ingredient in salads, sandwiches, salsas, sauces and more. While most commercial tomatoes are bred for sturdiness during shipping, the best and most flavorful tomatoes are those sold at farmers’ markets, or picked right out of the garden. Luckily, with the right soil prep and a few pointers, anyone can grow sweet, juicy tomatoes—and cook with their bounty come late summer. 

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Sampling Tomatoes
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Tomato Conserva

Delicious in a rustic pasta or riff on a Caprese salad, these slow-roasted tomatoes can be added to just about any dish that wants some rich flavor. They need 5 to 6 hours in the oven, so plan...

Easy Tomato Salad

Recipe courtesy of Richard Bertinet.

Oven Dried Tomato Confit

Stuff large tomatoes to prepare this recipe as a first course, or use cherry tomatoes for appetizer-size portions.