Jillaire's Reviews > The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden

The $64 Tomato by William   Alexander
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Feb 02, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

This amusing title caught my eye at the library a few weeks ago and I zoomed through it in a matter of days. Alexander has a casual yet sophisticated writing style that really engaged me as I read about his adventures in morphing from a mere backyard gardener to a "gentleman farmer." He goes through the design and construction of their 22-bed vegetable garden and the ensuing "cultivating" (not weeding), pest-eradicating (look out deer & Superchuck), and harvesting that it requires. As we have a vegetable garden, I could relate with many of Alexander's issues and feelings, but was certainly amused at the great lengths that he went (6,000-volt electric fence--hello?!) to produce and secure his harvest. I would recommend this to anyone who grows a vegetable garden. It really was an entertaining read and helped me realize that my husband's quest to build the perfect grow-light container for starting seeds is not quite as fanatical as I had thought.
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