By Michelle Fabio
Maybe you’re not thinking about next year’s growing season just yet, but there’s no reason you can’t get a start on learning some new tips–and that goes for your favorite tomato gardener as well.
Here are 5 books that can help you get started, and they make great gifts for the holiday season to boot!
– Giant Tomatoes by Marvin H. Meisner
Published just a few months ago, this is reportedly the first book to deal specifically with growing, you guessed it, giant tomatoes. Don Langevin, author of How-to-Grow World Class Giant Pumpkins I, II, & III, says, “This is the most comprehensive treatment ever written on giant tomatoes.”
Wilber is in the Guinness Book of World Records because he harvested 1,368 pounds of tomatoes from just four plants; if you’re interested in high yields, Wilber has some tips for you.
– The Great Tomato Book by Gary Ibsen and Joan Nielsen
The authors take you from seeds to soil to harvest to canning to preparing your beloved tomatoes. Lauded by reader reviewers as a great, complete book on growing tomatoes at home.
– American Tomato: The Complete Guide to Growing and Using Tomatoes by Robert Hendrickson
Publishers Weekly says: “…Hendrickson is a man who knows his seedlings, soil, sun and sowing. When it comes to practical problems like staking, mulching and fertilizing, home gardeners will find him to be a useful and informative guide.”
This book was first published in 1975, and with its updates, continues to be an impressive collection of information on which plants get along in the garden. Our own Tomato Queen wrote about her love of Carrots Love Tomatoes.