Tomatomania! A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden and in the Kitchen

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-01-27
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Every spring, thousands of self-described "'maniacs" gather for a series of multi-day garden events for the largest tomato seedling sale in the nation: Tomatomania! CEOs and soccer moms, grandmothers and hipsters, hardcore gardeners and eager first-timers—folks from every walk of life unite to celebrate this energetic rite of spring and their shared love of tomatoes.

In this practical and fun guide, Tomatomania! owner Scott Daigre provides a peek into his Ojai, California, tomato patch and details a "reality gardening" approach to growing the world's favorite summer treat. Tomatomania! walks readers through every step of the tomato gardening process, from the earliest planning stages to those final satisfying kitchen table moments of the season.

Including 20 simple yet unique recipes and numerous kitchen tips to get the most out of your tomato harvest, this comprehensive guide to growing and cooking with tomatoes will turn you, too, into a proud 'maniac!

Author Biography

SCOTT DAIGRE, avid gardener, sometimes farmer and enthusiastic landscape designer, is happiest when showcasing rare and classic tomato varieties as owner and producer of Tomatomania, the world's largest tomato seedling sale.

JENN GARBEE is a food and culture journalist, editor, and burgeoning 'maniac in Los Angeles. She is a regular contributor to numerous publications, the author of Secret Suppers, and co-author of several lifestyle books and chef cookbooks.

Table of Contents

All Systems Go?
     Considering your options and finding the perfect spot for your garden

Stripes, Lobes, Curves, and Trusses
     So many tomatoes, what’s the perfect strategy for you and your garden?

Let’s Go Shopping
     Tomato lingo and deciphering a tomato label

Plant Me Already!
     Plant, water and feed your seedlings correctly to get a solid start

Support Your Local Tomato
     Staking, tying and the “Do I pinch?” question

The Garden Doctor Is Out
     Dealing with critters and other challenges in the tomato garden

You Didn’t Just Pick that Tomato 
     Waiting for the right moment to harvest your crop

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