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The average tomato farmer has more than 100 varieties of tomatoes, ranging from the sweetest, juiciest strains available to the smallest, easiest to grow options out there. Tomatoes are found in thousands of dishes across the world and they are notoriously expensive, especially in years when bad weather can destroy anywhere between 10% and 60% of the crops harvested in the United States annually. For all these reasons and more, many people have taken to growing their own tomatoes, setting up containers in their kitchens and digging plots in the back yard. But, effectively growing tomatoes is more than just a hobby for most. It is a challenge and without the right knowledge of how tomatoes grow and what they need, it can be downright frustrating.Growing tomatoes is a task anyone can accomplish and enjoy and this book strives to provide every possible resource and tip needed for you to become one of a growing legion of tomato growers. You will learn the fundamental basic aspects of all tomato plants that have helped growers around the world master their craft and create the largest tomatoes around. You will learn the basics of composting and fertilization and what each tomato plant benefits best from. You will also learn how to select your garden location and the seemingly complex but ideal task of starting from seed with your new tomato plants. You will learn what kinds of support systems are best for each kind of tomato plant, including the kinds of watering, cages, and nets that your plants might benefit most from. Tomato experts who have created a livelihood for themselves in growing and mastering the tomato plant have been interviewed around the country and their responses added to the book, helping you to know how to set the plants, prune them effectively, read a tomato plant at various times during the season and even to combat the various trials and tribulations of tomato growing, from pests and disease to frost and storms. Everything you could possibly need to know about tomatoes, how to grow them and how to effectively start a new hobby and possibly create secondary income, is included in this guide for you.

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In this back to basics guide, the Georgia-based author offers tips to help gardeners maximize the quality, yield, and diversity of the tomatoes they grow. With an emphasis on organic methods, Everhart (PhD, chemistry) discusses heirloom vs. hybrid varieties, cultivation strategies, pest management, and how to extend the growing season. The guide includes case studies, illustrations, recipes, resources, a glossary, and garden log template. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Vicki_Landes, January 20, 2011 (view all comments by Vicki_Landes)
“The Complete Guide to Growing Tomatoes” is chock-full of everything imaginable relating to tomatoes. Author Cherie Everhart begins with a history of the tomato and its gradual spread across the world. She walks the reader through a comprehensive list of the various types of tomatoes to include heirloom varieties with descriptions and recommended uses of each. For example, some tomatoes are better for using in sauces while others are better for slicing and eating fresh. Everhart also gives detailed information on how to grow tomato plants with soil, lighting, watering, fertilizing, and companion planting in mind for optimal results. She also gives specific state extension center resources to assist the reader in soil analysis and a garden log for easy recordkeeping. Whether you are a beginner or an expert gardener, “The Complete Guide to Growing Tomatoes” has something for you.

I had no idea there could be so much to learn about tomatoes! While they are relatively easy to grow, I found the additional information on tomato history and all of the different varieties and uses quite fascinating. Further, I thought her recommendations on growing specific plants nearby in order to enhance the growth or taste of the tomato to be a fun way to experiment if you already know the ins and outs of basic gardening. Everhart writes with an easy style that makes learning about this debated ‘fruit or vegetable?’ quick and fun. You’ll be ready to plant before you even finish reading!

“The Complete Guide to Growing Tomatoes” is the perfect read for the beginner as well as the experienced and even the large area, greenhouse, and container gardener. Easy to follow information makes starting the process extremely fast while case studies from the experts on their ‘tried and true’ techniques can assist in avoiding unnecessary mistakes. I especially liked Everhart’s inclusion of organic methods. Many people today grow their own gardens to provide healthier alternatives to chemically fertilized foods and a cheaper alternative to the expensive grocery store organic selection. Her valuable information helps the would-be gardener grow their own food while ensuring they maintain that ‘organic’ distinction. A must read if you are even thinking about planting tomatoes!

Reviewed by Vicki Landes, author of “Europe for the Senses – A Photographic Journal”
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781601383501
Author:
Everhart, Cherie
Publisher:
Atlantic Publishing Group (FL)
Manufactured by:
Atlantic Publishing Company
Manufactured:
Atlantic Publishing Company
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Fruit
Subject:
Gardening-Fruit Gardening
Series:
Back-To-Basics
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y

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