100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden

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Workman Publishing, 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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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Great book on heirloom tomatoes; a classic! Read full review

Contents

Origins oe the Deliberate CrossPollination
38
Seed Sowing 16 Akers West Virginia
44
Anna Russian
52
Biotic Diseases 2 Basinga
60
Pollination i Sudduth Strain
68
Bulgarian Triumph
80
Chris Ukrainian
86
Debbie
92
Gold Ball Livingstons
116
Green Gage
122
Grosse Cotei ee 12
130
Hungarian Ovai
136
Jeeeerson Giant
142
Large Pink Bulgarian
148
Manyel
154
Mary Ann
160

Dr Neai
98
Earl oe Edgecombe
104
German Head
110
Commercial Sources
244
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About the author (1999)

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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