- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press (1 May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580080480
- ISBN-13: 978-1580080484
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1 x 25.9 cm
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The Great Tomato Book Paperback – 1 May 1999
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The authors tell us that there are about 34 million gardening households in the U.S., and of those, 93 percent grow tomatoes. Their book begins with tips for successful planting, and they recommend starting seeds indoors. They give advice on seed selection, soil preparation, designing a garden, trellising techniques, watering, organic fertilizing, and saving seeds. Ibsen also provides a glossary of his 85 favorite tomato varieties. Instructions on harvesting, drying, canning, and freezing tomatoes are also included in this photo-filled paperback, as well as 27 appetizing recipes. George Cohen
"Can help you enormously" if you'¬?re interested in growing tomatoes.-Sunset Magazine'¬?sSee all Product description
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If the author would have included tomato info on time to maturity for each of his tomato descriptions, then the book would have been more helpful to those trying to plan out what varities to grow to space out harvesting. Now I have to bop between the book's tomato descriptions and some seed web-sites to figure out what to plant to get a relatively spaced harvesting, which I have to do often since the tomatoes described in the look comprise a long list. Also, it would have been nice to know which varieties were hybrids and which were heirlooms. I'm surprised the author didn't mention Red Brandywine in his list as the flavor is the same with a better yield and some say it's easier to grow than the pink variety.
The chapter of "Tomato Fest" could have been eliminated. I wasn't sure as it's purpose other than noting that the author liked to set up tastings.
The chapter on favorite soil amendments can be summarized as a description of the soil amendment (typically organic which is great) and then the use "apply to soil prior planting." Again, this was an overview and I would have liked to know why to use one over the other, how to use, etc.
If you're looking for a beautiful overview book on tomatoes, then this is it.
But if you've become passionate about tomatoes and not only want an overview, but also require better instructions on the "how to" of growing and seeding and access to to more specific info on the varieties themselves then check out "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden" which is beautiful as well.