Heirlooms create unique tomatoes full of lumps, bumps, stripes, and fun colors that look funky compared to their perfectly round and red counterparts.
Regardless of your hardiness zone or space, choose organic heirloom varieties as they have more vitamin c, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
They also contain more lycopene than non-organic varieties. Lycopene is a carotenoid that has been heavily studied in the prevention of many cancers.
Tomato growing will also depend on the type that best fits your needs and space. Tomatoes are either "Determinate" or "Indeterminate".
The determinate variety have a short growing period, generally just 2 weeks and grow more bush-like. Determinate tomatoes are perfect for canning and work well in container gardens on patios and balconies.
Unfortunately, heirloom tomatoes and other common varieties are almost always indeterminate. For a determinate heirloom variety, try "Rutger's".
Indeterminate tomatoes produce tomatoes all season long and grow longer vines.
These tend to work best in larger spaces in the garden. However, with some frequent pruning, indeterminate tomatoes can be grown in large containers on your patio or balcony.
2. Plant your seeds and transplants deep into the soil.