Posted on 20 August 2007 by

The 4-Hour Work Week for the Tomato Gardener – Part 1

The 4 Hour Work Week for the Tomato Gardener- Part 1 - TomatoCasual.comBy Danny Thompson

[This article is part 1 of a 5 article series.]


Tim Ferriss’s new book, 4 Hour Work Week, outlines a simple formula for anyone to build a successful business (and life) through the key principles of Definition, Elimination, Automation and Liberation (DEAL).

Is it possible to apply those same principles to successful tomato cultivation?

I think it is, and that’s what I’ll be looking at in this five-part series.


The first part of success, of course, lies in Defining what you want from your garden.

In Ferriss’s book, this comes from determining home much you want to make in a given year, quarter or month, but for our purposes, you should take your growing season and state what you are looking to get out of it.

Tomatoes for the table? For canning? Gifts for friends and family? You don’t have to choose one or the other . . . just figure out the yield you will require to accomplish what you want your garden to accomplish this year.

Then, do a little research and plan accordingly.

Will you need determinates, indeterminates, or some of both? Plan out your schedule for fertilizing and spraying.

Get a pen and paper and write it down. Define you expectations.

Next time I’ll be discussing the first step in meeting those expectations: Elimination.

[Read the next article in this 5-part series]

One Response to “The 4-Hour Work Week for the Tomato Gardener – Part 1”

  1. 100 Hour Workweek Says:

    Have you seen the spoof version of the 4 hour workweek by Tim Ferriss?

    It is called the 100-Hour Workweek: NEVER Escape Your Job, Live Alone, and Join the New Poor.

    Made me laugh, I thought it may amuse your readers.

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