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13 Best Tomatoes for Raised Bed Gardens

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Raised beds are an excellent way to grow a wide range of plants, including some of the world’s most popular fruits – tomatoes. In fact, tomatoes can absolutely thrive in a raised bed environment. 

Planting in raised beds provides plenty of advantages for both the gardener and the plant. Raised beds have naturally good drainage and are a great way to start gardening without digging up your yard. Plus, garden beds are easy to purchase pre-made, or you can use any of my helpful instructional posts below for building your own!

If you don’t have a raised bed garden set up yet, let me help you with a few resources:

Once you have your raised bed garden set up, you’ll be all set to go planting tomatoes and lots of other delicious vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Stick around and see how you can grow the tastiest tomatoes ever in the comfort of your garden.

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What are Determinate tomatoes

Before choosing the tomatoes you want to grow, you should pick between a determinate and indeterminate tomato variety. Depending on your preferences, you first need to decide what would be the perfect fit for you.

If you didn’t know this was an option, take a look at how they differ from each other.

Determinate tomato plants will only grow to a “determined” size. Because of their smaller size, determinate tomato varieties are some of the best types for raised bed vegetable gardens as well as container gardens. They are convenient as they can also be planted with other crops. After reaching a specific height, these tomato varieties stop growing – making them perfect for any small space gardening project.

When it comes to determinate varieties, it is important to know that all of their fruits develop at the same time. This is a great option if you’re looking to can or freeze tomatoes for use later in the year (see my full post on How to Freeze Tomatoes) since you won’t be waiting for more fruit to ripen before you have enough. But if you want a plant that keeps giving, this type of tomatoes are probably not the right choice for you.

What are Indeterminate tomatoes

So what about indeterminate tomatoes – these varieties can produce fresh tomatoes all summer long. As the plant bears fruit all the time, you will have no issues making some incredibly fresh salads, sandwiches, and salsas all season long!

Indeterminate plants can be large and productive plants with some reaching over 8-feet tall. Because of their tall size, indeterminate tomato plants will require support from long stakes or tomato cages. 

Plus, keep in mind that, in most cases, it takes indeterminate tomatoes a bit more time to mature properly.

How to determine which is the best option for you?

Think about the space you have, the support system set in place, and the conditions under which you want to grow them. That, combined with the purpose (why you want to grow tomatoes in the first place), can help you answer the question of which tomato type is the best tomatoes for your specific raised bed garden. 

Some gardeners have taller beds that would make indeterminate varieties more difficult to reach, which lower beds should be able to grow any variety of tomato. 

First, I suggest making the most out of your available space. Depending on this fact, you can decide which variety you would like to grow. Second, consider whether you are after a high-yield tomato variety or not. After you have your answers, take a look at some of the options below.

The best tomatoes for raised bed gardens

Here are my tomato recommendations for any raised bed vegetable garden. For best results, be sure to check out my post on 5 Tips for Planting Tomatoes, because proper planting and care are some of the key factors in the success of young plants and eventual fruit development. Here are the tomatoes broken down by type: 

Slicing Tomatoes for Raised Beds

For lower raised beds with plenty of space that can grow larger plants, try any of these tomato varieties. They are the best tomato plants for those looking for full grown slicers. 

  • Brandywine Pink – Resistant to Early Blight, and Fulvia Blight. Pink Brandywine tomatoes are known for their delicious sweet flavor, smooth flesh and hefty size of around 1 lb. each. Interestingly, these large, well-known heirloom tomatoes that date back to the late 1800s grow on vines that are potato-leafed. 
  • Kellog’s Breakfast: True Leaf Market’s Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomatoes are an essential part of a balanced garden. This thin-skinned heirloom originates in West Virginia via Darrell Kellogg. A pale orange beefsteak with a rich and deep flavor, excellent for baked tomatoes.
  • Cherokee Purple – do you want to up your BLT sandwich game? These are no ordinary tomatoes. The Cherokee purples are delicious heirloom tomatoes that produce large and extra-large tomatoes. When sliced, they look bright and beautiful, and more importantly, they are packed with flavor.  Cherokee Purple tomato seeds are a truly unique American heirloom that has won the hearts like other colorful slicing favorites Pineapple, Black Krim, and Brandywine
  • Celebrity – Winner of the All-America Selections award, True Leaf Market’s 8-10 oz hybrid cultivar tomato seed is a garden favorite! Celebrity Hybrid tomato seeds grow a plant that is bushy, and stops growing at a certain height. Celebrity Hybrid tomato does need staking and will continue to bear fruit, unlike true determinate type plants. This is a lovely large red globe tomato
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Paste Tomatoes for Raised Beds

For all of your culinary needs, paste Tomatoes are perfect for sauces, tomato paste, and more. Check out these popular varieties:

  • Paste Tomatoes, Organic:  Organic Roma tomato seeds were originally bred in the 1950’s specifically for resistance to Verticillium wilt and Fusarium wilt (VF). They are among the best Roma tomato seeds for growing plum (paste) tomatoes in containers because of their determinate growth habit.
  • San Marzano Determinate: Suitable for growing in garden plots, raised beds, and greenhouses. These tomatoes are the type that pickers like because they are easy to reach and become ripe for harvest around the same time. San Marzano is from Italy originally but does extremely well on the west coast

Salad Tomatoes for Raised Beds

If you’re looking for tomatoes to add to salads, stir fries, or other recipes, then consider a cherry or palm-sized tomato variety. Many times, these salad tomatoes are prolific producers and will bear fruit well into the fall. Here are some good options for cherry or salad tomatoes:

  • Large Red Cherry Tomatoes: A world-famous hybrid between smaller currant-type tomatoes and domesticated garden tomatoes, the Large Red Cherry tomato seeds boast a smaller, sweeter cherry-style tomato while still larger than other cherry tomatoes.
  • Early Girl Hybrid: A great choice for growers with a short season, as their 4-5 oz. red fruit matures about 60 days after transplanting. Early Girl tomatoes are also a favorite of home gardeners and fresh-market growers thanks to their flavor and disease resistance.
  • Stupice – Resistant to Late Blight and Disorders. These tasty potato leaf treats grow on vines, reaching up to 4 feet long! Their firm, ruby-colored exterior makes them especially attractive to the eye. Small to medium 3-6 oz fruits, exceptional flavor with good yields.. They are one of the best tomatoes for raised bed gardens.
  • Bush Champion Hybrid II – when it comes to tomato varieties for containers, this is one of your best choices. This variety is one of the best for small space gardens and containers and is early to mature. This meaty and flavorful tomato is sure to be a hit this summer. 
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Grape Tomatoes for Raised Beds

For smaller tomatoes perfect for salads or simply eating by the handful, these are the top picks. 

  • Supersweet 100: It is a favorite among foodies as it is packed with flavor and contains more vitamin C than other varieties. Grows in long clusters of quarter-sized tomatoes. Supersweet 100 has a long growing season, allowing you to harvest many times over the summer.
  • Yellow Pear: Suitable for growing in garden plots, raised beds, and greenhouses. Resistant to disorders. Despite the tomato seed being native to the Americas of the New World, the Yellow Pear was first developed and marketed in Europe towards the end of the 18th century. Golden yellow teardrop-shaped 1-2 inch long cherry tomatoes.
  • Green Grape TomatoesDeveloped in the 1980s, the Green Grape tomato is a unique cross between the Yellow Pear tomato and the Evergreen tomato, resulting in some of the most flavorful and diverse varieties available. Seeds grow a mostly determinate habit brimming with 1-2 oz yellow-green grape tomatoes.
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Best Practices for Watering Tomatoes

One of the best ways to guarantee a successful tomato harvest is to consistently water. Here are some best practices for watering tomato plants. 

  1. Consistent and Deep Watering: Water deeply and consistently, ensuring the soil is moist but not waterlogged. Aim for 1-2 inches of water per week, adjusting for weather conditions.
  2. Water at the Base: Water at the base of the plant, avoiding the foliage to reduce the risk of fungal diseases. Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation for effective delivery. Check out my full post on Best Watering Systems for Gardens to see affordable options for watering your garden.
  3. Mulching: Apply mulch around the plants to retain soil moisture, regulate temperature, and reduce weeds. Organic mulches like straw or compost work well.
  4. Adjust for Conditions: Increase watering during hot, dry periods and reduce during cool, wet conditions. Monitor soil moisture and plant health to adjust watering as needed.

 More Tomato Growing Helps

Need more tips and helps for growing tomatoes in your home garden? Check out these helpful posts to get your tomatoes from seed to harvest. 

Tomato Growing Helps

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I hope this list of best tomatoes for raised bed gardens will prove helpful when choosing the proper varieties for your needs and conditions! Happy gardening!

Jill

Wednesday 26th of June 2024

Thank you for this information! Will the same varieties work in containers? I like to grow in pots around my patio. TIA

Courtney

Thursday 27th of June 2024

Yes, they definitely should. I would lean more towards the determinate varieties for those containers if they are pretty large though.

Calli

Wednesday 26th of June 2024

We have been growing tomatoes in our garden for years but want to expand to other varieties. This guide is very helpful and I have learned a lot!

Heather Brown

Wednesday 26th of June 2024

So many great options. And, is there really anything better than a vine-ripened tomato in the summer?