Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time by Craig LeHoullier
It's cold and grey and very very December. My garden is very dead except for 2 parsley plants that have managed to stay green and 3 pepper plants that are riding out the winter in the garage. By the time of the first frost I'm kind of done with the garden maintenance. I'm tired of checking for pests and making sure everything's properly watered but not too wet. I'm definitely ready to do something else. But come December I'm already looking forward to that first taste of a fresh tomato which is so much better than anything you can find at the grocery store. I love all the varieties of tomatoes and always pick at least 2 or 3 new different types to try. I was so excited when I came across Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time by Craig LeHoullier on NetGalley that I couldn't resist it.
Everything you ever wanted to know about tomatoes is in this book. Their history, the different shades and types, the different flavors, and everything else you can think of. Their charts and illustrations and lots and lots of pictures. I loved that tomatoes pictured weren't flawless as so often the case in seed magazines. There are some flaws or cracking on the tomatoes and the shapes aren't perfect but they're so colorful and summery looking that I want a BLT sandwich right away with the tomato still warm from the sun.
This would be a great book for anyone who is just starting out with gardening or even for a more intermediate gardener like me. It focuses on tomatoes in a way I haven't come across before. I think it will be a really useful guide for everything from selecting the varieties, choosing the plants themselves and keeping them growing and healthy enough to have a great harvest. I'm looking forward to be getting a print copy and flipping through this one. I can't wait to start making my list of tomato varieties for next year!
I'll have my old favorites - Black Cherry, Golden Jubilees, Mortgage Lifters and Celebrity but I may have to add in a few new ones as well. I know I'll be keeping an eye out for Cherokee Purples, Golden Queen, Abraham Lincoln and a few others. If you like to garden and love freshly picked tomatoes this book is like a little taste of summer!
Beth Fish Reads