The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden

The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden

by William Alexander
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The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a gardener or not, this book will make you laugh your *$% off. I have a real love/hate relationship with gardening, and can so relate to this book. Just today I spent all day pulling waist-high quack grass in my hoop house. Thank God for the author's hilarious trials and tribulations - recalling them helped me to laugh and not cry. Excellent book!
KristineC More than 1 year ago
This book is so unique and made me appreciate the work that goes into produce. I am not a gardener however this book made me see clearly all the work (love and hate) that goes into gardening. Well written and laugh out loud funny!
NJMetal More than 1 year ago
"The $64 Tomato" is a light laugh out loud look at one man's over-the-top gardening obsession on his three acre property in New York's Hudson Valley. Though the title may lead one to believe this to be a story about trying to grow a few tomato plants and the headaches and costs incurred with even that simple task, this book is much more broader in scope then that. More of a collection of essays depicting all aspects of gadening then a singular linear story. The author, William Alexander, purchases a somewhat large piece of property in upstate New York and immediatly has delusions of gardening grandeur. He plants a 2,000 sq. foot vegetable garden, a fruit tree orchard and even attempts to recreate a honeymoon meadow on his propery. Along the way are adventures with masochistic groundhogs, Christopher Walken the Gardener and phallic symbol statuaries. If you've gardened in a bucket or large landscape, you will find something to relate to and something to laugh about in this book. A great read while your sitting in the sun next to your garden listening to the weeds grow...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely hysterical! If you've ever tried any type of gardening you'll be able to relate to the author's trials & tribulations. Some of the phrases he uses made me laugh out loud & some of the other material is thought-provoking & makes you really ponder things. If you're having a bad day & need a good laugh, read this book! Well done!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written, enjoyable account of one man's duels with the forces of nature in establishing and trying to maintain a garden. His descriptions of encounters with beasts such as "Super Chuck" and a pair of smaller rodents he dubbed Chip and Dale had me chuckling while at the same time sympathizing with him. . .and his long-suffering wife! A good read for gardener and non-gardener alike.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you actually garden and or farm or simply appreciate a well written book,this book is a MUST. As an armchair gardener familiar with David Austin roses, the joys of having outstanding tomato plants, the ability to share the bounty with others, and being educated about the perils of the pests encountered and the answers, I can tell you that you will have a Marvelous experience reading this funny funny funny book, which has historical data, current treatments for gardening problems and a healthy family situation. With many many many laugh out loud moments, this book captures whimsy and the desire of a person to improve his and her own property with complete persistence and dedication.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿The $64 Tomato¿ at first glance may seem to be simply a gardening book. However, once you take a glance inside, you¿ll find William Alexander¿s story a funny and insightful tale of the author¿s ongoing attempt to gain a modicum of control over his fate ¿ in Alexander¿s case aptly represented by his own backyard garden. ¿Tomato¿ is as much about the struggle of a man with his nature, as man against nature. Whether trying to outsmart an alpha groundhog (which Alexander, with an appropriate, if not appreciative, nod to a formidable opponent, names SuperChuck), or contending with bizarre contractors(one of whom bears a striking resemblance to the actor Christopher Walken) or reassuring his wife and kids of his sanity after wandering through his garden in January, Alexander keeps us asking ¿Is it really right to be so entertained by someone¿s angst?¿ and ¿Why am I laughing out loud when he is hurting the most?¿. In between all of this, we learn fascinating facts about the food we usually take for granted. For instance, Alexander informs us the tomato originated in Central America with the Aztecs, was hauled off to Europe by Cortez and the conquistadors, returned 300 years later to the New World with the colonists, and was finally promoted to culinary prominence by none other then Thomas Jefferson. ¿The $64 Tomato¿ is both a funny and thought-provoking examination of how much emotional upheaval, consternation, and struggle we willingly endure in pursuit of our most cherished pastimes. In Alexander¿s case, it¿s so called ¿weekend¿ gardening.¿ Whether you are into gardening or just an observer of people and their foibles, ¿The $64 Tomato¿ may not compel you to rush out and buy a hoe and wheelbarrow. But it will undoubtedly leave you thinking about your own favorite obsessions and compulsions in an entirely new light.