All about how to grow and enjoy them
by the Editors of Organic Gardening and Farming
Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
It's really no wonder that tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable. Just about everyone loves eating them, and in so many different ways. They're easy to grow and very productive. Tomatoes are the first thing new gardeners grow, and it's the vegetable they usually have the best luck with. Because they produce so many tomatoes per foot, an average-sized family can get all the they need from about half a dozen strong, healthy plants.
Any vegetable with that kind of reputation deserves to have a whole book to itself, and Terrific Tomatoes is just that -- a book devoted entirely to growing and using this All-American favorite. It deals with every aspect of growing tomatoes, from sowing the first seeds to putting up catsup and making spaghetti sauce.
The book begins with a discussion of the kinds of soils tomatoes like best and follows that with ways to start seedlings indoors and out. The chapter "Planting Facts and Garden Care," contains hints for growing big, beautiful tomatoes, contributed by experiencd gardeners from all over the country.
"Stretching the Seasons" talks about tricks you can use to extend the growing season from both ends, with hotbeds, coldframes, mulches, and portable coverings. It also tells how to grow tomatoes as house plants and porch and greenhouse plants.
Is it better to stake and prune or to let tamatoes sprawl? You'll find the pros and cons of both methods as well as different ways to prune and the numerous and sometimes far-out techniques and supports that can be used to stake tomatoes. An entire chapter gives you all the information you need to know about the common and unusual, old, and brand new tomato varieties from which you can choose. Another describes nutritional excesses and deficencies, and tomato pests and diseases and their controls.
The last part of the book tells you what to do with all those tomatoes you'll be swamped with at the end of the season. Canning, freezing, even drying methods are detailed. And there are more than 100 recipes for pickles and relishes, sauces and soups, vegetables, casseroles, salads, and entrees that will give you good tomato eating the year round.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover shows wear, tear and discoloration. Dust cover is ripped along the back dust cover/spine and across the middle of the spine. Pages are tanned. Binding is splitting in places.
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