Tomatoes are perfect for growing in pots on a sunny patio.
Choose a bush variety, as these stay compact without the need for a tall support – and you don’t have to pinch out the side shoots. We used ‘Losetto’, which is also resistant to tomato blight.
Basil isn’t just the perfect pairing for tomatoes in the kitchen, it also relishes the same growing conditions. Adding edible flowers, such as zingy orange calendulas, peps up the colour and attracts pollinating insects for bigger crops of tomatoes.
If you have a greenhouse, take a look at this video on growing tomatoes and basil together under glass.
Find out how to plant up this tomato, basil and calendula pot in this step by step guide.
Short of time?
If you’re short of time but still want to grow your own, consider an automated irrigation systems to make watering easier. They allow water to drip slowly onto the plants’ roots, often as part of a timer system.