100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden

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Workman Publishing, Jan 1, 1999 - Gardening - 246 pages
Tomatoes have always been far and away the most popular plant in the vegetable garden, and today the class act among tomatoes is the heirloom varieties--those vegetables with a past that go back generations, their seeds preserved and passed down among families, friends, and dedicated farmers. And no one knows heirloom tomatoes like Carolyn Male, a biologist who's grown more than a thousand varieties in the last 14 years. Following the lush and practical format of "100 English Roses for the American Garden "(with 57,000 copies in print), "100 Heirloom Tomatoes" is a thorough how-to and a stunningly photographed field guide. It covers every facet of growing heirlooms, from selecting the right varieties for your zone and type of garden to timing and planting of seeds, transplanting, hardening off, staking vs. caging, fertilizing, and more. There's a section on how to become a seed saver and even how to do crosses that will lead to creating your own heirlooms. Then comes the tasty part: Aunt Ginny's Purple and Amish Paste, Redfield Beauty, Green Zebra, Georgia Streak and the Santa Clara Canner. Fluted, scalloped, flattened, or lobed--white, pink, red, orange, gold, or chocolate brown--sweet to tart, mild to strong, perfumed and fruity to dark and smoky--now these are tomatoes with real character.

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User Review  - Sundownr - LibraryThing

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! Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


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Carolyn J. Male, Ph.D., is a professor of microbiology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She is also a major voice on AOL's tomato forum, and an author whose articles appear in Kitchen Gardening, The American Cottage Gardener, and The Historical Gardener. Dr. Male scientifically--and lovingly--has raised more than a thousand different varieties of heirloom tomatoes in her zone 5 garden in upstate New York.

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Kent Whealy is the cofounder of Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit organization committed to saving heirloom garden seeds from extinction. Founded in 1975 by Kent and Diane Whealy, Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) now has nearly 8,000 members around the world. Its headquarters are at Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa.

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