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Growing terrific tomatoes

It doesn’t matter how much room you have in your garden – there’s always room for tomatoes! Here’s how you can grow your own cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket


For this activity, you’ll need:

  • 2-3 trailing cherry tomato plants
  • A hanging basket and liner
  • Compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser
  • Tomato feed

Step 1: Getting your basket ready

  • Choose a basket that’s strong – a wire metal one works best
  • Then add your liner making sure it covers the whole basket
  • Fill your basket with compost and mix in some slow-release fertiliser




Step 2: Planting your tomatoes

  • You’ll need 2 or 3 plants
  • Make a hole in the compost for each of the plants and make sure they’re covered right up to the stems
  • Loosen the soil around the roots before you plant them
  • Once you plant them, give them plenty of water

Step 3: Find the right spot

  • Once your hanging basket is ready, you’ll have to find the right spot
  • Tomatoes need about 6 hours of sun a day
  • Keep it away from the shade of trees or roofs
  • You might need to keep it in a heated greenhouse or in a porch until the weather is hot enough

Step 4: Watering and feeding


  • Your hanging basket will probably need watered every day
  • On warmer days, they might even need watered twice
  • When the yellow flowers start to appear, they’ll need fed too – any tomato feed will work, just get an adult to help you follow the instructions on the bottle
  • They’re ready to pick when they turn bright red

What can I do with my home-grown tomatoes?

Cherry tomatoes are small, sweet and perfect for snacking. But if you want to be a bit more creative, here are some ideas:

  • Use them to flavour pasta
  • Add them on top of homemade pizzas
  • Create a colourful salad
  • Grill them on toast
  • Add them to kebabs
  • Use them to make your own tomato sauce!

We’d love to see how your tasty tomatoes turned out. Take a picture and share them with us by using #DobbiesLittleSeedlings and tagging us