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Smith & Hawken: 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for…

Smith & Hawken: 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden

by Carolyn J. Male

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covers facets of raising, including when to platn seeds & transplant seedlings, ways to prevent foliage diseases, cultivation, propagation & more.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Excellent information about how to grow tomatoes, their issues, and descriptions of the 100 heirlooms listed. I wish she could have listed a few more (of my favorites), but where would she have drawn the line? A great primer on tomatoes for anyone! ( )
  Sundownr | Jan 10, 2011 |
If you are looking for a book about growing tomatoes, one that contains instructions or tips, this is not the book for you. What this is is a very nice collection of pictures/characteristics of 100 of the many hundreds of varieties of heirloom tomatoes, along with Carolyn's personal assessment of each variety. Contrary to the published description, this is hardly a book for the food snob. Rather, it is one for the tomato-growing enthusiast who delights in trying as many as possible of the thousands of varieties available. Growing heirlooms is great fun and always surprising, but I've found much more information of far more value (including pictures) readily available on the internet. ( )
  GrannySmith | Jan 30, 2010 |
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This is a book for the true tomato snob who is not content with the ordinary red beefsteak weighing heavily on the vine at the end of summer. Yellow, pink, green, and orange tomatoes are all part of this guide to heirloom varieties, many of which are only available through catalogs or through an organization called the Seed Savers Exchange.

Author Carolyn Male favors heirlooms that have been passed down through families, not commercially created hybrids. She does not hesitate to be critical, calling some varieties mealy or bland, while others send her into epiphanies. Although she makes gestures toward guiding the novice, this is a book for either food fanatics or experts who move in the subculture of truly obsessed gardeners catering to gourmet cooks and specialty markets. Throughout the book, enticing photographs of freshly picked heirlooms remind the reader that grocery store tomatoes aren't really tomatoes at all, sitting sadly under fluorescent lights, losing their flavor and color. If only they had been born in a tomato snob's garden; then they would have been treated like royalty. -–Emily White

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:04 -0400)

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