Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Who doesn't love fresh tomatoes right out of the garden? Instead of buying those tasteless tomatoes from the market, isn’t it time to plant your own? The Monrovia Public Library has a wonderful gardening book collection and there are several terrific titles on growing tomatoes.
Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening tells which vegetables to grow together to control pests, nourish the soil and have a bumper crop of tomatoes and other veggies. A great book for beginners, it has a nice format and easy to understand charts.

How do you know which types of tomatoes to plant? A Celebration of Heirloom Vegetables and The Total Tomato: America’s Backyard Experts Reveal the Pleasures of Growing Tomatoes at Home will help you pick different varieties with different tastes, sizes and colors. 

Look to Michelle Obama’s American Grown: The Story of the White House Garden and Gardens Across America for inspiration. See how a tomato and vegetable garden can transform you and your family.

Some of us just aren’t quite ready to get our hands dirty and prefer to read books about growing tomatoes—like people who read cookbooks, instead of cooking. The book for you is 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. This is the hilarious memoir of someone who realizes that his pursuit of an organic garden, including paying for a landscape contractor; buying an electric fence to keep out deer and spending mountains of money on seeds meant that each tomato he grew cost $64.

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