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Perhaps no vegetable makes the mouth water in anticipation more than the perfect tomato--slices sprinkled with salt and pepper or lapped over a burger; sweet cherry tomatoes in a salad; fresh tomato sauce over pasta; tomato soup; tomato salsa. Tired of half-green, hard-but-mushy, store-bought tomatoes, an increasing number of people would like to grow their own. But as anyone who has ever stuck a seedling into the ground anticipating a bush full of luscious homegrown tomatoes in a couple of months knows, it isn’t that easy. Tomatoes require a gardener’s knowledge and attention, and in this handbook William Adams has provided a complete, step-by-step guide to success in the tomato patch. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience, Adams takes readers through the basics of soil preparation, planting, feeding, caging, and watering. He lists the pros and cons of standard, hybrid, heirloom, and cherry varieties, sharing tips about old favorites and suggesting new varieties. After the tomatoes are chosen, planted, and thriving under his tutelage, Adams prepares growers for the insects, diseases, and other visitors they are likely to encounter, warning that “gardeners are not the only ones that love tomatoes.” Once readers are armed to meet these challenges, Adams ends by offering a few words about “tomato kin folk” (peppers, eggplants, tomatillos, and potatoes) and a source list of selected suppliers. With patience, humor, and his own excellent photographs, Adams brings to this manuscript all he has learned about tomatoes in Texas to help ensure that the rest of us have a bumper crop.       

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface / Map
  2. pp. vii-2
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  1. 1. History of the Garden Tomato
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. 2. Must-Have Tools for the Tomato Patch
  2. pp. 6-10
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  1. 3. A Recipe for the Perfect Tomato Crop: Basic Cultural Needs
  2. pp. 11-46
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  1. 4. Tending the Tomato Patch
  2. pp. 47-79
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  1. 5. Tomato Varieties
  2. pp. 80-122
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  1. 6. Insects, Diseases, Weeds, and Varmints: Tomato Pests
  2. pp. 123-156
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  1. 7. Tomato Relatives
  2. pp. 157-171
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  1. 8. Tomato Source List
  2. pp. 172-178
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 179-192
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781603442404
Related ISBN
9781603442398
MARC Record
OCLC
715189195
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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