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Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time Paperback – December 30, 2014
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“All the descriptions and growing information, enhanced by the book's snappy cover art, engaging design, and clever interior layout, make it easy to see how anyone could be smitten by this remarkable and quirky fruit.”
— The American Gardener
“A must-read for all serious tomato growers…you’ll want to read this cover to cover as soon as you get it.”
— Sunday News Herald
“The ultimate in-depth and practical ode to heirloom tomatoes. ... Gardeners will find it a mouthwatering read, and the photography will make you yearn for scratch-sniff-and-taste paper.”
— Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
“Revel in the amazing variety of tomato colors, tastes, and textures … LeHoullier's book is a treat for the senses.”
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At the advice of many online experts, I eventually spent quite a ridiculous amount of money on pots, grow boxes, soil amendments, lights... you name it. And -- this should come as no surprise to anyone -- the "experts" all contradicted each other. I followed the advice of one "expert" in my kind of tomato-gardening-difficult area (Pacific Northwest). Bad decision. As a result, I started my tomato seedlings indoors a month too early and six times as many seedlings as I should have started.
Eventually, thanks to more online recommendations, I bought a different book ( Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, 35th Anniversary Edition: The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening -- which contained a lot of interesting information, to be sure, but mostly only confused and discouraged me.
Then -- again thanks to online recommendations -- I checked this book out of the library.
Within two chapters, I knew that I had to buy a copy.
I'm now about 2/3 of the way through the book, and it just gets better and better.
This book is eminently readable. It answers ALL of my questions. LeHoullier spells out what to do, when to do it, and pros and cons of different approaches -- and explains WHY very clearly with just enough detail to make sense but not enough to have you saying "Enough already" and skipping parts.
At this point, thanks entirely to this book, I actually feel like my too-early start will be correctable. (I fixed the "too many" part by giving away dozens of seedlings.) I no longer feel overwhelmed and confused by online "experts" all offering contradictory advice. I only wish I'd bought this book to begin with, because I'd have saved myself a lot of money in unneeded (and, sadly, not returnable) supplies.
If you're embarking on a tomato-growing journey -- even if you're not doing it as cluelessly as I started off -- be smarter than I was, do yourself a favor, and start by buying this book. Seriously
Top international reviews
The best thing I found with this book was the introduction to lots of new varieties of tomatoes. In that respect it makes itself quite a good coffee table book with lots and lots of good pictures.
I was worried that it might not have much relevance in the UK but I managed to pick up most of the heirloom seeds online, by doing an online search, from a Canadian called Tatiana
Some sections aren't in text book depth, I think anyone wanting to cross breed tomatoes wouldn't be able to do it solely from the knowledge gathered from this book, but it does point you in the right direction to search for demonstration videos and the like.
Overall I think this is an excellent book and gets your passion for growing tomatoes going
I can recommend: Tomatoes, A Gardener's Guide by Simon Heart. A worthwhile book, however the inclusion of one plant pot per plant for the watering at the root level is missed. Such is the worth of this book that I bought one also for my son!
Everything you ever wanted to know about tomatoes.....nicely photographed and well-presented.
A great present for anyone with an allotment or the longing for one.....
This book lives up to the title. So what are you waiting for? get a copy and see how your (tomato growing) life changes.