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Tomato Growing Secrets [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Green
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You can grow massive crops of great tomatoes and this succinct ebook will give you the tools for success. Written by award-winning garden writer Doug Green who used to grow tomatoes commercially, everything you need to know to grow all the tomatoes you need is here. From soil preparation tricks to the 9 tricks for getting the earliest tomatoes to growing in containers. Identification and remedies for the majority of common tomato problems are shown and given using organic gardening techniques. Green is the master of taking what you need to know to succeed and writing it in a clear, entertaining style that allows you to succeed.

Doug Green has been in the gardening and nursery trade for over 30 years, growing just about every kind of plant you can imagine. For more years than he cares to admit, he grew a fall crop of tomatoes in his greenhouses for sales to local stores. His own gardening is organic and this was how he grew his plants - safe to eat for his family and neighbors. Green learned the tricks of the trade from the professionals and turned many of these techniques into home garden practices increasing his backyard yields to feed his own family on smaller numbers of plants and to increase his reputation as a lazy gardener always looking for maximum yields with minimum work.

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  • File Size: 1573 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WKE4QE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Tomato Gardening Guide Yet February 15, 2012
By Baboo
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This book appears to cover just about every aspect of the never-ending subject "How do I grow the best and most bountiful tomatoes?" It is clearly and lucidly written, with detailed and easily visualized descriptions. I particularly liked the question and answer section at the end. I have already noted a number of issues with my garden that I did not even realize were problematic. Thank you Doug Green!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars several secrets August 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very good book that explains in great detail how to properly handle tomatoes with the best results, but I have some tomato growing secrets of my own-

- The stake you hammer into the ground needs to be at least 4-feet long because come early July tomato plants -much like pumpkin vines- WILL grow out of control. This applies to cherry tomato plants too. Many people make the mistake in using stakes only 2-feet high because tomato plants start out so small but trust me, these plants grow and expand very quickly so a 2-foot stake is too short.

- Don't start planting until mid May to avoid any possible frost warnings. As you know, frost can instantly destroy a crop of just about anything.

- While the plants grow, make sure before the vines reach the point of bending over you string them up somehow, with a cut up rag or sturdy enough string to support the vines. Since my tomatoes were planted around the swimming pool, I wrap the rags and strings around the woodwork of the deck that surrounds the swimming pool.

- When leaves and vines turn yellow and brown, pull them off. These particular vines are no longer capable of growing tomatoes and just interfere with the healthy vines ability to grow.

- Water each plant for about 20 minutes before sunrise and 20 minutes before (or right after) sunset. Some people believe tomatoes rot if you water them in the dark thanks to the absense of sunlight being unable to suck away the dampness and moisture but I've never had this problem.

- When picking tomatoes, make sure you search in the darkest and shadiest of places since tomatoes ripen in these areas. The places you least expect is where the juiciest and ripest ones are growing, I guarantee it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only tomato book you need March 4, 2012
By Carolyn
Format:Kindle Edition
The thing I love about Doug Green's work in general, and this tomato book in particular, is the Zero B.S. Factor. Doug tells you what you need to know about growing tomatoes, period. Yet he does so in a friendly voice salted with wry humor.

I live in a climate hostile to vegetable growing, so every gardening book in my library is more like a fairytale. Not so this one. I can toss out all the others and count on getting a big, juicy crop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Comprehensive Book March 1, 2012
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This was a very well-written comprehensive book, giving loads of great information without being overwhelming. The helpful 'hints' and 'tips' are things that any person can do, there's nothing overly difficult or expensive about any of it. The information I got from this book I will be ... no, I *AM* putting into use already. Thank you Doug, for writing this very helpful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best little Tomato book out there... February 22, 2012
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Very informative, easy to read and understand. This book addressed many issues I had with my Tomato crop, especially starting by seed. It even shows great photos of diseases, and pests. Thanks for another great book, Doug Green!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Think again. This book contains hints and tips for growing a good crop of tomatoes. Such as: how to warm the soil for early planting, how to increase a late crop of tomatoes, how to get a ripe tomato before your neighbor. In Doug's clear writing style, this book is a great reference for identifying tomato problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tomato reference! April 29, 2014
By Pep
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Great book and an enjoyable read. You don't have to be a horticulturalist or chemist to follow the author. Having grown tomatoes for the past 35 years does make me an expert in how tomatoes can fail, and the author discussed many of the issues I have experienced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! June 10, 2014
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This book is a complete and concise guide to tomato growing. It's loaded with down to earth advice written by someone who obviously knows what he's talking about. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love him.
Doug Green is the organic gardening guru. I love him.
Published 2 months ago by R. J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips
This book has a lot of information for tomato growers. Nutrition is well covered along with great growing tips. The growing problem section is very thorough and easy to follow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lane Tipple
3.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of tomato gardening
I found the book to be a good general reference for tomato gardening. The author gets into detail regarding the problems effecting tomato plants and some general tips for tomato... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike L
3.0 out of 5 stars Good info.
Though the book provided good information, I'm left craving for more. This book does not provide all the info you need on growing tomatoes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomato Growing Secrets
A great source for growing tomatoes. I would recommend it to any one who wants to grow tomatoes in their garden.
Published 16 months ago by G. Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars learned a few things
Will try some of the tips when gardening this year.
Learned about the different types of tomatoes, and how to stake them.
Published 17 months ago by helen bujold
4.0 out of 5 stars good advice
this book had some very good tips and the author explained them in a simply way as to make them sound very easy to implement. Read more
Published 19 months ago by mrkkmnsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what the home gardner needs
CONS: As usual, my ONLY issue with books such as this, is that the authors often assume that the whole world exists on the same latitude as they. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jay May
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More About the Author

Doug Green brings a down-to-earth style and easy gardening systems to his lifetime of organic garden achievements.

A former specialist nurseryman who used to produce 1600-1800 varieties of perennials and 600-800 varieties of annuals every spring in his greenhouses, Doug closed down the nursery in 1998 to write full time.

His 2001 book, "Gardening Wisdom" won the top award for writing from the Garden Writers Association and he has done radio shows, magazine articles and even a newspaper column for over ten years. He currently writes for his own websites and ebooks as well as a few freelance opportunities that present themselves regularly.

Refusing to take himself seriously, he believes in enjoying gardens, his old British sports car and sailing.

What his friends will tell you is his books are works of love because he'd rather write and garden than do most other things.

Doug lives on an island with his heirloom vegetable expert partner Mayo Underwood, and is the insanely proud father of four children.

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