From Library Journal
Patrons with a love of tomatoes and a competitive nature may enjoy these organic tips from Wilber, who earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by coaxing 1,368 pounds of tomatoes from only four plants. This octogenarian's delivery is folksy and no-nonsense as he relates advice on composting, seed selection, pruning, watering, and other basics of tomato gardening. Wilber readily acknowledges, however, that not every gardener is serious enough to get yields like his. This book offers sound advice (particularly for market gardeners), but public libraries may prefer Tantalizing Tomatoes: Smart Tips & Tasty Picks for Gardeners Everywhere (LJ 4/1/97), which has a broader audience and is more comprehensive, including historical background, a guide to cultivars, recipes, and a resource list. Still, Wilber is a remarkable man who has written a useful, reasonably priced book.?Bonnie Poquette, Shorewood P.L., WI
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About the Author
Charles Wilber resides in Alabama and is a man on a mission. His entire life has been dedicated to studying nature. And for most of his 80+ years he has been learning how to coax the maximum production from her bounty. He started by emulating the conditions of the forest floor - the same forest where the giant sequoia grow. Then he added in good gardening techniques.