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Smith & Hawken: 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden

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Preserved by families, collected by seed savers, passed around among farmers, heirloom tomatoes are now being sought out by more and more home gardeners as an alternative to the bland sameness of commercial hybrids. And happily, these growers are discovering that heirlooms are not only vastly more flavorful, but are just as hardy and easy to cultivate as the hybrids. Dr. C ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Workman Publishing Company
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Jacob
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Aker's West Virginia - large plant, high yield, good taste, blemish free fruit, 16 oz, thick strong trunk.

Amish Paste - not a true paste variety as it is too juicy and too many seeds.

Amish Salada - fruit sits for weeks ripe without rotting. Mild flavor, crisp flesh, huge plant, very tolerant of foliage diseases, blemish free fruit, not susceptible to blossom end rot. High yield, cherry tomato.

Andrew Ruhart's Jumbo Red - prone to sunscald, Bright lemon yellow fruit.

Cuostralee - Up to 3 POUNDS in
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Rose-Ellen
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I was bit by the gardening bug, my plot was in an organic community garden, and the first thing I wanted to grow was tomatoes. About the same time I started gardening, there was a display of many types of tomatoes at the 4H area of the Altamont Fair. I was excited to try a few different varieties each year in my plot.
One year, I was able to attend a workshop Carolyn Male gave at the Albany Shaker site. Part of it was a narrated slide show about many of the tomato varieties featured in this
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Ali
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, gardening
This book is like porn for the tomato lover. The introductory sections cover tomato history, gardening, and then, the really good stuff: 100 gorgeous photos with detailed descriptions and generally the author's comments on 100 tomato varieties. And not just little photos. EVERY single variety has a huge, full page photo. My tummy was rumbling like crazy reading this.
Nan
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This small book was so enlightening--not just in regard to heirloom tomatoes (fermentation is the best way to obtain seeds) but tomatoes in general (not all yellowing, dying leaves are a sign of impending doom). The author details the origin and history of a hundred different popular and interesting heirloom tomatoes, some of recent vintage and others that have been passed around for several hundred years. And I appreciate the beautiful photos, esp the fact that some of the fruit are cracked and ...more
Alaine
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening-wisdom
Excellent information on seed saving and selecting for/creating your own variety of tomato. I learned that concentric rings are actually a genetic trait for some cultivars and can used as a means for identification. All this time, I thought it was because I over watered--but no, some types are just pre-disposed to cracking. I wish there was more about the different gentetic traits, but I'll have to do my own research. I wash this book was not out of print; this is something I'd like on my booksh ...more
Maureen Francis
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have had this book for a couple of years and I make notes in it as I grow the tomatoes Dr. Male has written about. In the spring it goes with me to farmers markets as I search for new things to try in my own garden. Love this book, and there are few who know as much about growing heirloom tomatoes as Dr. Male. A must own for heirloom tomato obsessed gardeners like myself.
Magila
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, food
i defy you to find a better book about tomatoes and heirloom tomato gardening. obviously not for everyone - but yes, the pictures are awesome. also maybe the best part, the back has seed source info.
Dianne
Feb 17, 2008 rated it liked it
The pictures are the best things in this book about heirloom tomaoes. A really helpful book.
Steve
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book on heirloom tomatoes; a classic!
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"covers facets of raising, including when to platn seeds & transplant seedlings, ways to prevent foliage diseases, cultivation, propagation & more."
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