The Texas Tomato Lover's Handbook
Gardening, Gardens
6 x 8, 192 pp.
183 color photos. 3 maps. Line art. Index.
Pub Date: 03/17/2011
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series
  flexbound (with flaps)
Price:        $25.00

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The Texas Tomato Lover's Handbook

William D. Adams

Photographs by William D. Adams and Deborah J. Adams

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.

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.

What Readers Are Saying:


"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

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

“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"

“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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