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How to Grow World Record Tomatoes: A Guinness Champion Reveals His All-Organic Secrets Paperback – October 15, 1999
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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
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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.
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If you know how to grow 8 foot tall tomato plants, but you'd like to show off and go to 15, this book is for you.
It's true the author is a bit opinionated. But, when you're a world record holder, you, really are, right.
I would love to see a second edition with large, color photos and much more detail. This book is a gem!
This book has opened my eyes when it comes to gardening, not just tomatoes. after this I found an electronic copy of a book on vegetable roots systems that confirms what Wilber says on how big the root system of tomatoes, and other garden veggies really are. I am building a new raised bed based on this books teachings. each tomato plant will be given a 5'x4'x2' area to grow in, much larger than you typically see. check the blog out at zone29.com.
I have researched for years, and although this is a small book, it is a Power House of information. For me, it was not about growing the biggest tomato plant ever, it was his research, study, and a lifetime of learning and practice, that gave him the ability to grow world class tomato's. He EARNED it. We can take a lifetime of information and use it ourselves. That was his goal, to pass on the information. He said "It is my sincere wish that some reader of this book will set the next world record" Records or not, it's still the best method of the use of plants to feed your soil, and good soil means great crops. Look into each plant he suggests, and you will see, the man knows his gardening. Great book, you will get a lot out of it.
I didn't use these methods for tomato's, I used them on peppers. I only used his hay mulch and compost system, then I got busy and ignored the garden. The results were phenomenal anyway. My pepper plant stems were as thick as my fingers, and they were loaded down with peppers all year (they still are). I also cut corners planting the garden- I didn't kill the grass, I just laid the hay right on top of it.
Where I live, it seems like nothing kills the grass that takes over the garden. I have used round up, I have spent hours hoeing, nothing last for long, the grass always comes back. The mulch method used in this book is the only thing I have seen that keeps the grass down all season. It is now November, and the garden I planted in May is still mostly grass free, and I have never weeded it.
My garden was planted in almost pure sand that was used to level out the foundation for an addition to our Fire House, and after the initial planting the only fertilizer I added was some coffee grounds from our morning coffee at the Fire House. In past years I would use a lot of Miracle Grow, and got OK results, but nothing like this year. I also used to put a lot more time into the garden.