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How to Grow Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant: Planting and Growing Organic Heirloom Tomatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, and Gourmet Eggplant [Kindle Edition]

R.J. Ruppenthal
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Book Description

Valuable guide to growing tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant in the home garden...even on your patio, balcony, deck, rooftop, or doorstep!

Homegrown tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants provide the true taste of summer. These three plants, which are closely related, thrive in warm summer weather and are simple to grow in most home gardens. Whether you have acres of land, just enough space for a few plants in the yard, or simply a container or two on your patio, balcony, deck, rooftop, or doorstep, then you can grow tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.

Grow Your Own Organic Food

This short book will show you how to grow organic tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. We will cover all the important things you need to know: how to prepare your garden space, plant your vegetables from seed or seedling, take good care of the plants (including proper feeding and watering), and harvest them for fresh use or storage. If you consider yourself a lazy gardener, then this is the perfect book for you, because I like to keep it simple. You will learn some simple techniques to cut down on your watering and weeding.

Contents Include:

1. Growing Your Own Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants
The World's Most Popular Homegrown Vegetables

2. Starting with Seeds or Seedlings
How to Plant Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants

3. Where to Locate Your Garden
Getting the Best Results From Your Plants

4. Container Gardening in Small Spaces
Fresh Produce From Your Patio, Deck, Balcony, Rooftop, or Rafters

5. Growing in Raised Beds and Garden Rows
Preparing Your Organic Vegetable Garden

6. Supporting Your Tomato Plants
Stakes, Cages, or Trellises?

7. Feeding Your Plants
Giving Them the Nutrition They Need

8. Watering Your Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants
Techniques to Limit Diseases and Automate the Process

9. Three Tips for Pampering Your Plants
Happy Plants Produce Lots of Fruit

Appendix A: Homegrown Tomato Sauce (Recipe)

Appendix B: How to Dry and Store Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants

Appendix C: 12 Delicious and Unusual Varieties of Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants...And Where to Get Some Seeds!

This book is available also as part of the Essential Vegetables Box Set, a 4-in-1 Book by R.J. Ruppenthal. Please click on author's name above to see full list of titles.

Editorial Reviews


Feedback from readers so far:

We're wild about home grown tomatoes. This booklet has start-to-finish information on raising tomatoes, sweet peppers, chiles, and eggplant. If you live in the city, you should get it.
--Sarah K., Chicago, IL

The tips for keeping your plants happy are first-rate. As a lazy gardener, I can appreciate the time saving ideas.
  --Amber Brown, Santa Barbara, CA
Another practical gardening manual from someone who has focused on these "no nonsense" guides. Again, he shows a great knowledge of the subject and makes every word count. This book is well researched and practical, skimpy on the pages, but big on content. Good choice for anyone who wants to grow organic vegetables, especially tomatoes. --Tom B., Utah

About the Author

R.J. Ruppenthal is a licensed attorney and college professor in California who has a passion for growing and raising some of his own food. He regularly writes and blogs about fruit and vegetable gardening, growing food in small urban spaces, sustainability, and raising backyard chickens. On occasion, he even puts his degrees to use and writes something about law or government. You can follow his blogs at or on his Amazon Author's Page (click on his name above to get there).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very basic January 1, 2014
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This would be a good book for someone with little or no experience in growing their own veggies. You will get some ideas on how to plant these plants, when to plant, and what varieties to use for specific uses like canning, eating out-of-hand etc.
For long-time gardeners, this will be a very basic refresher.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much. Information June 21, 2014
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The book would be ok for a total novice. There is not a lot of information for a seasoned gardener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! February 5, 2014
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Ruppenthal's gardening books have taught me a lot, improved my gardening practices, and increased my garden's yield. You can't go wrong with this great resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative. April 13, 2014
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Well written book with lots of great information, I recommend this book for beginning gardeners as well as more experienced gardeners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tips and Techniques January 15, 2014
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This is a very good book for anyone wanting to learn the how to grow great tomatoes, peppers and eggplant from seeds through their producing cycle. Many of the tips and techniques given by the author reminded me of how my father grew them when I was a child. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who would like a better understanding of what's involved in growing and caring for tomatoes and all types of peppers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rating December 30, 2013
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It is a very usefull book and shows beautiful and appetizing vegetables. Easy to read and follow instructions. Thanks Andrea
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait until spring.. December 27, 2013
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I am excited to use this book to help in my garden planting this upcoming year! I love growing tomatoes and peppers, but hope to be more successful this year than in the past. Hopefully this book's information will help me have a better crop and output!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight July 16, 2013
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A worthwhile read if you are trying to grow Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants successfully, lots of tips and good ideas to ensure a bountiful crop.
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More About the Author

Hi Folks! I'm R.J. Ruppenthal, the guy who wrote the book (or booklet) you're viewing.

Long story short: I never planned to become a gardening and food author. But I couldn't find the book I wanted, so I sat down and wrote what I thought people should know. That book did really well. Since then, readers have encouraged me to continue writing. I hope my books and articles can help you grow a little more of your own food.

Full story: When I lived in an apartment, it took me a long time to find any useful gardening information for small space gardeners with balconies, rooftops, decks, small backyards, and the like. At that time, nobody had written a good book on small space food growing. Every gardening book I ever read told me I needed many acres and full blast sunlight all day (neither of which I had).

Even so, I worked hard to create a garden on that first balcony. Some things I tried worked well while other ones failed miserably. I found out which vegetables grew best in partial shade and how to get the most production from this small balcony garden. I wanted to save other people some time and show them what was possible, so I ended up writing the Fresh Food From Small Spaces book in 2008. With the economic crisis and growth of interest in local food, that book became a bestseller.

Soon after, I was asked to serve as a columnist for a new magazine called Urban Farm, which is published by the great folks who produce Hobby Farms. I have written many columns and crop profile articles for Urban Farm, which is available online and at finer news stands.

Today, my first garden has expanded to a small yard that includes vegetables and fruit trees wherever I can fit them. We also have a chicken coop and a chicken run, which gives the chickens free range access to part of the yard but keeps them away from the veggies and blueberries. We feed the chickens with kitchen scraps and they peck up the bugs and weed seeds in the garden (OK, we give them a little organic chicken feed also). In return, we are rewarded with almost two dozen fresh eggs each week.

It's really easy to keep backyard chickens and I urge everyone to consider it. If you'd like to learn more, please check out my e-book called Backyard Chickens for Beginners. You can read it on a Kindle, iPad, iPhone, PC, or Mac with the Kindle app or on Amazon's online Cloud Reader.

Recently, I've written several other "e-booklet" titles that you can find by clicking on my name at the top. I'm particularly proud of the Blueberries in Your Backyard book, which shows people how simple it can be to grow this very tasty, healthy, yet expensive fruit. Also, I plan to stay active with the new blog here, so please bookmark this page and come visit me often. Contact me at freshfoodbook @ (remove the spaces in that address if you e-mail me; I included them here so I don't get automatic spam).

In other news, I live in Northern California with my family, where I teach at a college and have a law license I rarely use. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my books and articles. Drop me a line if you have some comments and I'll see you in the garden!


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