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Tomato Container Gardening: 7 Easy Steps To Healthy Harvests from Small Spaces by [Verdant, Mary]
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Praise for #1 best selling book: Tomato Container Gardening!

"exactly what I was looking for--a comprehensive book on growing tomatoes in containers. Everything you need to know is in here, and there's no fluff. I'm psyched. She even shows you how (with photos) to make your own self-watering containers. There are also recipes, and all kinds of info on soil, pests, container options and tomato varieties. Really well done." - LQ

Other 5 our of 5 Star Reviews
"Just What I Need!
It has everything I need to get started, grow, maintain and harvest the tomatoes ...  Highly recommended." - G. Wells

Overview
Almost anyone, anywhere can enjoy fresh tomatoes off the vine in their own homes!  Seasoned container gardener and best selling gardening author Mary Verdant shares her expertise the art of container gardening. Armed with this step-by-step guide you can grow delicious tomatoes this spring!

More praise...
"If you love tomatoes get this book! If you have no space and want to create a mini tomato garden it can be done and this book tells you how... The photos are sharp and really bring the book to life. For the low price this book costs it is well worth it." - JP

"This book really simplifies tomato gardening and makes it extremely efficient, especially for small spaces... The tips at the end of the book are awesome, everything really makes perfect sense." E. Lass

About the Author

Mary Verdant is an avid gardener. She finds wonder in the simple miracles of life, like planting a seed, watering it, and tasting the wonderful fruits (and vegetables) of her labors.

She attained a degree in horticulture at Merritt College in Oakland California. Since then she has helped her clients plant gardens and learn about the wonders of growing food.

One of her favorite experiences is the look on a child's face when they first bite into a ripe, beautiful tomato that the grew themselves!

She has helped create beautiful and bountiful gardens in California, North Carolina, England, and Hawaii - and her books have inspired gardeners all over the world.

Her goal is to simplify gardening. She understands how very easy it is to create and grow a garden (especially in containers) and she writes in order to inspire everyone - young and old - healthy and healing - to grow their own gardens and discover how easy, fun and nurturing a garden can be.

She focuses on getting straight to the point - so her books are short and clear. She wants you to be out planting and harvesting, not sitting inside reading a book!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1604 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Publication Date: March 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OWONUA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Years ago I had the most wonderful tomato balcony garden. I started it at the recommendation of a co-worker who was a real gardening buff. Before that I truly hated tomatoes. I had no idea that tomatoes could actually be delicious! Trust me, the ones that come out of your garden taste nothing like what you get from the stores. My favorites were the small cherry tomatoes. They were oh so sweet. I had several terra cotta pots of those. Sadly they were all given up when I moved. At the thought of once again creating a balcony tomato garden I found this book and am really getting jazzed again at the prospect of having my garden going!

The book covers pot selection, plat selection, soil selection, fertilization, and many tips to maximize your harvest. I wasn't expecting to see tomato recipes but found several good ones in this book. If you love tomatoes get this book! If you have no space and want to creat a mini tomato garden it can be done and this book tells you how. There is even a section on building a self-watering container. The photos are sharp and really bring the book to life. For the low price this book costs it is well worth it.
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Replete with errors, but I'm keeping it anyway for the excellent tomato advice, including links to websites. Even a "How To" book can/should be well written.

One vital error: author lists varieties of hybrid and heirloom tomatoes. But she switches the list, so the hybrids are heirloom varieties and vice versa.
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A while back I grew tomatoes in pots on my patio because we love home grown tomatoes and don't have access to a market nearby. I had some problems with that little adventure in gardening, and haven't tried patio gardening since! This book has convinced me to give it another try. After reading the book, I can see what I did wrong. More importantly, I now understand the correct way to set up pots in which to cultivate tomatoes.

The book covers many topics that include where to grow your tomatoes, what type pots to use, proper soil formulation, fertilizing, watering made easy, how to select the best types of tomatoes to grow, how to plant, and how to prevent diseases and insect infestations. When I grew tomatoes previously, it was so labor intensive to water them--I can't wait to make the self-watering containers that will solve that problem and allow me to grow juicy delicious tomatoes with much less work. The instructions and illustrations provided for this are very good.

There are even some delicious recipes to fix with the fruits of my labor--I'm really looking forward to giving those a try.
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This book really simplifies tomato gardening and makes it extremely efficient, especially for small spaces. I live in an apartment so this book is really going to help me create my own fresh tomatoes. The tips at the end of the book are awesome, everything really makes perfect sense.

Highy recommend this book to anyone looking for fresh tomatoes but doesn't have room for a full garden!
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This is exactly what I was looking for--a comprehensive book on growing tomatoes in containers. Everything you need to know is in here, and there's no fluff. I'm psyched. She even shows you how (with photos) to make your own self-watering containers. There are also recipes, and all kinds of info on soil, pests, container options and tomato varieties. Really well done.
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I used to grow tomatoes religiously, but after slacking off for a few years I wanted a refresher. This was the perfect book!

Topics covered: finding the best location for tomato plants, what type of containers to plant them in, how and when to fertilize, watering, what types of tomatoes to plant, how to plant (or repot) seedlings, avoiding pests/diseases, and maximizing tomato harvest. It appeared to me that all the basics were covered, and that a novice could have a successful tomato season from this book.

There are also a few recipes at the end. I simply skimmed through them as I wasn't reading the book for recipes, but the fried green tomatoes did sound delicious!
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For years my husband and I had a garden and we grew tomatoes, among many other vegetables. We both loved those fresh tomatoes. In recent years we have been living where we had no garden space so could no longer grow our tomatoes. This book has changed all that. We will be planting some container tomatoes this spring and I can hardly wait to get them in the containers.

This book provides me with all the information I need to grow tomatoes successfully in containers and it has a few wonderful tomato recipes as well. If you have any interest in growing tomatoes, get this book. It will provide all the information you need to make your tomato growing venture a success.

Marg Ruttan
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I have been growing patio tomatoes on my kitchen deck for many years. I always look for new ideas to improve my tomato garden and to prolong the fairly short New England growing season. Tomato Container Gardening started a bit slow, but about 1/3 into the book even an experienced patio tomato grower like myself found some interesting and useful ideas.

Some of the ideas I liked is the ideas about preparing the soil prior to planting - covering the pot in plastic bags and fertilizing one week prior to planting. Another idea that was interesting is what to do in the fall to prolong the season by pruning late in the season and how to force the plant to ripen faster. I will definitely try these out this fall.

I also thought the section on watering was very good. The key to successful patio garden is good irrigation. I have a pretty extensive drip irrigation system controlled by a timer. The authors covers this option as well as several others, including how to build your own self-watering container at a lot lower price than buying one at the garden store.

There is one technique that I use that have not been covered by the book. This approach helps me extend the growing period by starting earlier. I start my tomato seedlings under a pop-up umbrella and hand pollinate the tomatoes. With a pop-umbrella greenhouse I typical my have the first green tomatoes appear during the last week of May, which is pretty amazing in the cold New England climate. Here is one of the pop-up umbrellas I use GreenThumb Pop-Up Greenhouse.
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