100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden

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Workman Publishing, Jan 1, 1999 - Gardening - 246 pages
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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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Part of the fun and excitement of growing heirloom tomatoes is to experience the fantastic range of colors and tastes. First-time growers of black-type tomatoes are often astounded by the unique color. Some, unfortunately, are so put off by the unconventional appearance that they never get to truly enjoy the wonderful flavor.

There are those who claim that black tomatoes have a salty or even smoky flavor, but I've found them to be absolutely rich and sweet. When ripe, Black from Tula has prominent green shoulders and a dusky rose-black coloring. (When grown in the North, the black types don't develop the true blackish color that they do in the South.) The chocolate flesh is contrasted nicely wiht the deep green gel capsules that encase the seeds. The photograph also shows a distinctive spiral pattern of concentric cracking.

Black from Tule has a very heavy foliage cover of regular leaves, and is somewhat susceptible to early blight. The yield is moderate. It performs better for me than all the other black types except Noir de Crimee.

TYPE: family

ORIGIN: Ukraine

MATURITY: midseason

COLOR/SHAPE: smoky, dark reddish black with green shoulders; oblate

SIZE/ARRANGEMENT: about 10 to 12 ounces each, growing singly or in clusters of two or three

YIELD: moderate

PLANT/FOLIAGE: indeterminate habit with heavy cover of regular-leaf foliage

TASTE: rich and sweet

SEEDS: available commercially

Excerpted from 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden, copyright (c) 1999 by Smith & Hawken. Reprinted by permission of Workman Publishing.

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