Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables - and also one of the simplest to grow. They are the ideal planter crops - tomatoes take up little space - especially bush varieties - and crop for a long time as long as you can provide them with fertile soil, plenty of sun, heat, food and water. When growing tomatoes in planters outdoors you should sow the seeds late March / early April undercover - either on a windowsill or in a greenhouse. Choose a variety which will suit growing in planters outdoors - such as Tornado, Garden Pearl, Tomatoberry etc. Although it may take longer for tomatoes to grow outdoors in planters they are well worth the wait - many gardeners believe that tomatoes grown outdoors have a better, more intense flavour than those raised in greenhouses.