The variety of backyard plants can seem endless and confusing, so start your search with a purpose in mind. Backyard plants set along property lines work well as dividers from neighboring properties. One of the best backyard plants is a tomato plant. The flavor explosion of a fresh tomato, slightly warm from the summer sun, is not easily forgotten. Although tomatoes have a reputation as needy, finicky plants, growing tomatoes is actually relatively easy, with a little care. Growing tomatoes starts with seedlings. The gardener can either purchase conditioned seedlings from a nursery or start them indoors from seeds. To grow tomato seedlings, plant seeds in small pots filled with rich, moist soil indoors, six to eight weeks before the last frost. Keep the seedlings warm as they develop, and when the seeds sprout, separate out the healthy ones into individual pots to grow.
About two weeks before planting in the ground, condition the tomato seedlings by taking them outdoors during the day and bringing them in at night. When planting the tomatoes, make sure that the soil is well fertilized, and be prepared to add fertilizer at several junctures: two weeks after transplanting, when the first flowers appear, when the fruits start to take shape, and when you see the first fully ripe tomato. Tomatoes do not like to be cold, so it is recommended when you are growing tomato backyard plants that you plant them in a sheltered area. Some people like to use a greenhouse for this reason, although any sheltered area out of the wind with plenty of southern exposure is fine.