The Texas Tomato Lover's Handbook

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A garden-grown tomato, sliced and laid across a grilled hamburger . . . Sweet, plump cherry tomatoes in a crisp, green salad . . . Sauce made from fresh tomatoes, ladled over a steaming bowl of pasta . . . Spicy tomato salsa . . . Savory tomato soup . . .
 Is there any single vegetable as mouth-watering as the tomato? And yet, as thousands of people?tired of mushy, half-green, and tasteless tomatoes bought from supermarkets?have discovered, much more is involved in growing ...

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Overview

A garden-grown tomato, sliced and laid across a grilled hamburger . . . Sweet, plump cherry tomatoes in a crisp, green salad . . . Sauce made from fresh tomatoes, ladled over a steaming bowl of pasta . . . Spicy tomato salsa . . . Savory tomato soup . . .
 Is there any single vegetable as mouth-watering as the tomato? And yet, as thousands of people—tired of mushy, half-green, and tasteless tomatoes bought from supermarkets—have discovered, much more is involved in growing your own than simply putting a plant or two in the ground and expecting to harvest luscious tomatoes a few weeks later.
 William D. Adams draws on more than thirty years’ experience to provide a complete, step-by-step guide to success in the tomato patch. Growing good tomatoes requires a gardener’s attention to a variety of factors, and Adams begins by explaining the basics of soil preparation, planting, feeding, caging, and watering. He also outlines the pros and cons of standard, hybrid, heirloom, and cherry varieties, sharing tips about old favorites and suggesting new varieties. After the tomatoes are chosen, planted, and thriving under his tutelage, Adams prepares growers for the insects, diseases, and other visitors they are likely to encounter, warning that "gardeners are not the only ones that love tomatoes." He ends by offering a few words about “tomato kin folk” (peppers, eggplants, tomatillos, and potatoes), along with a source list of selected suppliers.
 Liberally sprinkled with the author’s easy humor and illustrated throughout with excellent photographs, The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook has everything you’ll need to assure a bumper crop, year after year.

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Editorial Reviews

Cheryl Hazeltine
Tomato growers can’t do any better than this book. Bill Adams shares his vast knowledge and experience with passion and humor. The inclusion of organic as well as conventional growing methods should make it the tomato bible for all tomato growers. (Cheryl Hazeltine''s Central Texas Gardener)
Cheryl Hazeltine
"Tomato growers can’t do any better than this book. Bill Adams shares his vast knowledge and experience with passion and humor. The inclusion of organic as well as conventional growing methods should make it the tomato bible for all tomato growers."—Cheryl Hazeltine, Cheryl Hazeltine's Central Texas Gardener
The Eagle

"The color photos alone in the Texas tomato book will make you want to bite into a juicy homegrown tomato." - Glenn Dromgoole, The Eagle

— Glenn Dromgoole

The Mexia News

"He has written a dandy little book for those wanting to plant and raise some of their own vegetables, especially that delicious round fruit, we call tomatoes. . . delightful and easy to read book. If you have an urge to raise some tomatoes, get the Texas Tomato Lover's Handbook, you will learn a lot. . . One can see that I'm fan of Clark and William Adams." - Jerry Turner, The Mexia News

— Jerry Turner

The Lazy Gardener

“The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook” could as easily be called “Tomato-Growing for Dummies.” It not only offers the latest in research and experimentation (for the truly experienced grower) but a hand-holding, step-by-step guide for those of us who want to try tomatoes for the very first time, or who have done so fairly unsuccessfully for years. "

"Top of the list. What can I say? He's the man! Those of us who have been around Houston for a LONG time know that Bill tells it like it is and that's what you need if you're going to try and grow tomatoes in this area"

— Brenda Buest Smith

Vegetable Gardener

“Do not let the Texas title distract you. Practically all of the information given in the book applies to tomato growers everywhere. By far, the photography in this book is some of the best I’ve ever seen in a book on gardening, period. The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook is a must-have reference.”—Greg Holdsworth, Vegetable Gardener

— Greg Holdsworth

Associate Department Head, Professor and Extension Horticulturist - Douglas F. Welsh
"Bill Adams's pursuit of the best tomato varieties for Texas is never ending. His ability to grow tomatoes is unsurpassed. His gift for communicating how to grow tomatoes to you and me is priceless."—Doug Welsh, author, Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac
The Eagle - Glenn Dromgoole
"The color photos alone in the Texas tomato book will make you want to bite into a juicy homegrown tomato." - Glenn Dromgoole, The Eagle
The Mexia News - Jerry Turner
"He has written a dandy little book for those wanting to plant and raise some of their own vegetables, especially that delicious round fruit, we call tomatoes. . . delightful and easy to read book. If you have an urge to raise some tomatoes, get the Texas Tomato Lover's Handbook, you will learn a lot. . . One can see that I'm fan of Clark and William Adams." - Jerry Turner, The Mexia News
The Lazy Gardener - Brenda Buest Smith
“The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook” could as easily be called “Tomato-Growing for Dummies.” It not only offers the latest in research and experimentation (for the truly experienced grower) but a hand-holding, step-by-step guide for those of us who want to try tomatoes for the very first time, or who have done so fairly unsuccessfully for years. ""Top of the list. What can I say? He's the man! Those of us who have been around Houston for a LONG time know that Bill tells it like it is and that's what you need if you're going to try and grow tomatoes in this area"
Vegetable Gardener - Greg Holdsworth
“Do not let the Texas title distract you. Practically all of the information given in the book applies to tomato growers everywhere. By far, the photography in this book is some of the best I’ve ever seen in a book on gardening, period. The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook is a must-have reference.”—Greg Holdsworth, Vegetable Gardener
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Meet the Author

WILLIAM D. ADAMS is a retired Harris County extension agent with thirty years’ experience at the AgriLife Extension Service. His writing and photography have appeared regularly in Gardens & More, Horticulture, Texas Gardener, Family Circle, Mother Earth News, Sunset, and other publications. He grows tomatoes at his home in Burton, Texas.

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