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Growing Tomatoes - Growing Tomato Plants, A Useful Guide For The Home Gardener For Great Tasting Tomatoes (Do You Want To Know About) [Kindle Edition]

Adele M. Shepherd
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Book Description

Growing Tomato Plants book gives useful advice to both the home gardener and those who would like to make some extra income from producing some of the best tasting tomatoes.
A step by step guide, giving you some history of the humble tomato, how to start from seed, trellising and fertilizing your crop for a large tasty yield.
Learn about diseases and pests that can harm your plants and what you can do about them.

The author has been growing tomatoes for many years, has been in the nursery industry and is now growing tomatoes commercially, bringing you the knowledge and experience gleaned over these many years.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1479 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Y4QU9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, knows the topic well! November 13, 2012
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I am not a tomato grower - but my sister is an avid one and I've spent many a summer day helping her water, pick and tend her tomato plants. The thing I like best about growing tomatoes is tasting all the different varieties - especially the heirloom ones.

I'm going to loan this book to my sis - but I just had to read the chapter on tomato pests - because I have spent HOURS trying to find those nasty cutworms that totally destroy tomato plants. There were some great ideas for dealing with tomato pests - and I'm going to be thrilled if next summer we can get rid of the worms that love chomping something we've put so much work into!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Tomato Plants November 13, 2012
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This is a very informative book on how to plant tomato plants and how to keep them healthy. You will learn more not only about planting but also some general information about tomatoes. It tackles almost everything about the topic including if it is a fruit or vegetable.

The author also talked about some bugs that can either help or destroy your tomato plants. It covers some information and ideas that are not that commonly tackled in some other books.

The author of the book has his own ways on how to plant, raise, water, and maintain a tomato plant. The book also talks about the different varieties of plant and how each one is different from one another. Lastly, the books covers how you can save the seeds and plant them all again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing tomatoes - a very useful guide! November 14, 2012
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I never knew there were so many different types of tomatoes until I read this book! I was absolutely enthralled, and am now inspired to start a little vegie garden - featuring, of course, tomatoes! The book is writen in such an easy to read fashion, with lovely pictures and diagrams scattered throughout. The author's sense of humour makes the book very readable and enjoyable. This is not your average "how to grow tomatoes" book. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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If you cannot grow a tomato plant after reading this book, then you are beyond hope. This is such a great book that it offers so much more than just growing tomatoes. I loved learning the history of this delightfully tasteful treat. I never knew that people grew these as an ornamental plant. Another interesting fact I learn was our government, or should I say, the Supreme Court declared the tomato to be a vegetable and for no other reason than to be able to tax it.
Apparently, in the late 1880's there was an importer bringing in tomatoes to the US labeled as fruit. Since fruit at the time had no import taxes on them, he brought this in tax free. The government seeing a ton of money slipping through their hands had the Supreme Court change the definition or classification of the tomato from a fruit to a vegetable so they could tax it. It's interesting how money played the role of what a tomato is, a fruit or vegetable.
Now, back to the reason I bought this book. In the past, I haven't had the best of luck at growing tomatoes so I knew I needed some help as I really want to grow these. I can say without a doubt after looking at several books on the subject, none of them hold a candle to this book. If there was such a thing as having a PhD in the art of growing tomatoes, this would be it.
I never knew there was so much to know and so many different varieties of tomatoes. Another great plus is the section on how to treat your plants, seems there are as many things to go wrong as what can go right. However, I am curious as to how Clint Eastwood got a tomato named after him. I am now really to get out there and start me some tomato plants, maybe even try growing some Clint Eastwoods.
This is educational and entertaining and thankful that I found and bought this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is MORE than just a guide ...!!! December 10, 2012
By Jacob
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Growing Tomatoes - Growing Tomato Plants, A Useful Guide For The Home Gardener For Great Tasting Tomatoes (Do You Want To Know About)

What a fantastic book! Thanks Murphy! Perhaps it should be titled "Tomato Growing for Dummies!!!" How hard could it be?
This book is more than just a useful GUIDE for the "home gardener." Shepherd gives us history, nutrition, the varieties (and there are quite a few!) the pests and friendly bugs, how to propagate them, and how to actually grow them, and more importantly how to grow them SUCCESSFULLY. Shepherd even gives tips on storage.
"Growing Tomatoes" is educational and entertaining. As a nurse, I'm sure Shepherd has seen some dreadful things, but her sense of humour is intact. Wittily and humorously written, it's a great Christmas gift, or a gift for any time.
I've always kept tomatoes in the refrigerator ... until reading Shepherd's book. In fact as I'm writing this, there's a bowl of those juicy, rich-red, tantalisingly perfumed, globular fruits/vegetables/berries sitting on the table just near me. No, I've stopped looking, and just bitten into one .... YUMMMM!!!
Murphy, PLEASE write some more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Tomato Plants Leaves No Stone Unturned November 18, 2012
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What a wonderful book on growing tomatoes. I never expected such a thorough treatise. The book is encyclopedic in its reach. I now know exactly what type of tomatoes will grow in my area, how to grow them from seeds, how to get a 98% germination rate, the best way to prune without transferring disease (the author, as a nurse, undertook experimentation to prove her method). I can now identify every type of "bad" bug that could threaten my crop as well as every type of "good" bug that will defend my tomato plants via the illustrations presented. I can identify anomalies caused by environmental factors and so much more.

Beside all the thorough information, I enjoyed the obvious love and passion for growing tomatoes the author conveyed in her writing. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Basic information, save your money
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book.
Well worth reading. Good Book.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars So far so good.
Just skimmed it. So far so good.
Published 6 months ago by Steven R Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Tomatoes - Growing Tomato Plants, A Useful Guide For The...
I find this book to be very helpful. It gets down to the basic concerns of growing tomatoes. I especially like the illustrations of pests and diseases and the names of specific... Read more
Published 8 months ago by JM Grammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg!
This is the book I have been wanting all season! Varieties, cultivation, pests, good insects, fertilizers, storage, companion planting all in one wonderful place! Read more
Published 8 months ago by shgannon
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of info
Very informative. Planting, varieties, fertilizing, watering, ripening, diseases, watering. I have no idea why there is a word requirement because my first sentence covered it all.
Published 8 months ago by Elsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book now
If you grow tomatoes this book is must have. I was impressed. There is so much information about tomatoes. I don't think any thing was missed.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to my garden books.
Very informative and full of good tips. If you want to grow big healty plants pick up this book today.
Published 20 months ago by JJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resources for a newby or experienced tomato lover!
The history section was fun to read. The story that takes place in Salem NJ was especially interesting to me as I lived nearby and had never heard it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Judy Haines
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, complete tomato growing guide
Murphy leaves no stone unturned on the subject of tomatoes. He covers everything from plant distinctions, history, great pre-planting and planting procedures, a nifty cheap... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Avid Researcher
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More About the Author

I have grown tomatoes for many years almost to the exclusion of any other fruit or vegetable.
Oh, I have tried growing other crops from time to time but my passion for growing tomatoes takes over and each year I find myself getting down to the business of setting seeds.
Over the years I have tried many and varied methods of raising seeds, forming tomato beds, staking etc and, through trial and error, have now settled on a system that works well for me.
It would be so easy for me to tell you that my system is the best way, but I know there is far more than one "correct" way to achieve growing healthy and productive tomato plants.
I live in beautiful Queensland, Australia where our motto is "Beautiful one day, perfect the next." However, I am inland from the coast where temperatures can range from -8c to 40c+ (17fto 104f+).

Plus, we are, as one of our great Aussie poems puts it, "A land of droughts and flooding rains."
So, I do have some adverse conditions to deal with when growing a great tomato crop.
However, despite this, I am able to grow great crops of tomatoes using methods that, to some, may be a little different to the "gurus", but I use a common sense type approach and make good use of conditions as they are dealt out.
I have no doubt that, if your climate permits, you too can get a great deal of satisfaction from growing your own tasty crop this magical fruit.


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