Supermarkets used to only stock thick-skinned, tasteless and often unripe tomatoes, selected for transporatability and shelf-life. Things are improving but for truly delicious tomatoes with that real tomato smell, nothing beats growing your own. However, growing tomatoes isn't for everyone. They originate in South America and so expect warmth and moisture. This means either a warm, sheltered spot outside on moisture-retentive soil and a watchful eye on watering or a greenhouse with the added watering demands that creates. And then there's the terminology. There are two growth habits - vine which is also called cordon or indeterminate; and bush or determinate. Vine tomatoes are normally grown in the greenhouse (but can be grown outside) and require support for the main stem, and pinching out side-shoots and the growing tip. Bush varieties are best suited to outdoors, requiring none of the pinching out and ripening earlier - but fruit can be harder to locate amongst the thicker foliage.
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