Helpful Tomato Books for Home Gardeners

Here’s the dirt – a short list of Tomato Dirt’s favorite tomato books to give you inspiration and tips as your grow tomatoes.

How to Grow Juicy, Tasty Tomatoes 

By Annette Welsford and Lucia Grimmer

Two horticulturalists combine forces to give you advice about 1300 tomato varieties, soil preparation, pruning; and extensive help with pests and diseases to help you have the biggest, tastiest crop ever.

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Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time 

By Craig LeHouliier

The winner of the Garden Writers Association 2016 Gold Award, Epic Tomatoes is fun, easy-to-read, and packed with information. Craig is a retired chemist-turned-gardening expert who has grown more than 1,000 tomato varieties and is responsible for for naming, developing and introducing many new varieties, including Cherokee Purple and Lucky Cross.

You Bet Your Garden Guide to Growing Great Tomatoes

By Mike McGrath

The host of public radio’s syndicated You Bet Your Garden show and former Organic Gardening magazine approaches tomato gardening with fun and humor. Gardeners with a range of skills, experience – and garden space – get expert tips from Mike and a few laughs in the process.

100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden 

By Carolyn J. Male

A detailed look at growing heirloom tomatoes, this book is written by an expert tomato gardener who has grown more than 1,000 heirloom varieties in her own garden.

The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table

By Amy Goldman

A master gardener is at your elbow in this guide to growing your own heirloom tomatoes with beautiful photos and fun facts about different varieties.

The Great Tomato Book 

By Gary Ibsen and Joan Nielsen

Gorgeous photos, profiles of some of the more popular heirloom tomatoes, recipes for fresh tomatoes and basic tips on growing tomatoes: while not comprehensive, The Great Tomato Book is a good general guide to tomato growing fresh breath of inspiration for gardeners.

The Complete Guide to Growing Tomatoes (Revised 2nd Edition) 

By Cherie Everhart

If you’re a newbie or wannabe gardener, this book gives you the basics to get started.

Tantalizing Tomatoes

Edited by Karen Davis Cutler

On oldie but goodie, this guidebook #150 in the 21st Century Gardening Series is a compilation of articles from experienced gardeners combined together in one handy book for the beginner to almost-intermediate gardener. It’s perfect for the gardener who knows just a little bit about tomatoes and wants to move into intermediate status.

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