Other than okra, tomatoes are my favorite to grow in the vegetable garden. Tomatoes are so fun to grow because there are so many wonderful varieties available to choose from, and they are fairly easy to grow. They are also very delicious, and can be used in so many different dishes.
Since I’m so very fond of growing tomatoes I wanted to find a complete resource on nothing but growing these globes of juicy goodness.
I scoured over many books at my local Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com trying to find a book that was about nothing but how to grow tomatoes.
Yes, I found a couple books that were very interesting, but they just didn’t to go to the level of knowledge I desired.
I wanted to find a book that covers every aspect of growing tomatoes – from starting seeds to complete disease and pest controls, to tactics for preserving and canning tomatoes.
I’m greedy. I wanted it all!
About a year ago I received an email from a lady in which she described a book she had co-authored all about growing tomatoes.
Her name is Annette Welsford, and she asked me to give her tomato book – How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes – a read.
I was very intrigued about the book, but also very skeptical at first. I clicked over to the link she provided in the email, and read all the great information about her book.
I will also admit that I was a bit surprised at the price of it, which is $29.95 for the e-book (PDF) version.
I thought that was a bit high in price for an e-book, although I have paid more for books than that in the past.
After mulling it over for a few days I bit the bullet and decided to give a try.
Now, almost a year later, I’m so very glad that I did!
How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes is absolutely the best resource I’ve found containing in-depth information on growing tomatoes.
I call it a resource because it’s so much more than just a book, which I will explain a bit.
What’s in How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes
How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes contains over 80 pages of quality information that will have you growing awesome tomatoes.
I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the information provided in an array of topics.
Each chapter is filled with useful pictures that visually describe the techniques outlined in the book, and easy-to-read charts are provided for important information.
There are loads of pictures displaying common tomato plant issues so you can pinpoint what’s going on with your tomato plants and how to remedy the problem.
Here’s a taste of the topics covered in How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes:
- Choosing the Right Tomato Varieties
- Properly Preparing the Soil
- Cultivation Methods
- Watering Techniques
- Pests and Disease Comtrols
- Harvesting and Storage
- Collecting Heirloom Seeds
- Organic Growing
- Growing Hydroponically
- Growing Tomatoes in a Greenhouse
Included with the book are some really useful guides on Common Tomato Problems, which is a great cheat sheet for quickly finding out any plant problems, a Growth Stage Cultivation Guide, a handy Measurements Conversion Guide, and my favorite – the Tomato Varieties Database.
The Tomato Varieties Database is a website that you gain access to that features growing information for over 1,300 heirloom and hybrid tomatoes.
This is truly a magnificent system, in my opinion, and have reviewed it countless times when needing information on just about every tomato variety I can think of.
The Tomato Varieties Database is worth the price of the book alone to me!
Pros of How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes
There are many things to love about How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes – the in-depth information on everything you can possibly need to know about growing tomatoes, the great pictures that help the reader identify common plant issues and remedies, the handy guides and charts that make collecting needed information much easier, and the awesome website database for exploring new and different tomato varieties.
The book is well laid out in the PDF format (which is the format I purchased), and very easy to read. The clickable Table of Contents make it very easy to find what you are looking for quickly.
Cons of How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes
The only downside of How to Grow Tasty Tomatoes that I could find would be the price. Coming in at $29.95 for the e-book version can be a bit steep for those tomato gardeners that are really pinching pennies.
With the staggering amount of information, useful guides and charts, full-color images, and the totally awesome Tomato Varieties Database, I feel that How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes is well worth the money in the long term.
This is a resource you can use for years and years to come.
I have referenced it several times throughout the past season for my tomato gardening.
I highly recommend How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes to anyone that loves to grow tomatoes and has a desire to grow the best darn tomatoes they can.
If you love growing tomatoes, I know you will enjoy this book and find it as indispensable as I have.
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