Contents

The tomato story 6

The tomatoes 8

The plant 10 • The leaves 12 • The fruits 13 • The flavor 14 The benefits 15 • Best for sauces and salsas 16 • Best for soups 18 Best for salads 20 • Standard globe 22 • Cherry 36 • Beefsteak 52 Plum 64 • Weird and wonderful 74

In the garden 78

A tomato for every climate 80 • Where should I grow my tomatoes? 82 Preparing the soil 88 • Seed or plantlet? 90 • How to sow seeds 92 The first few weeks ... 94 • Toughening up 96 • Planting 98 • Crop rotation 102 • A little help from friends 104 • Mulching 106 • Food and drink 108 Removing sideshoots 110 • Pollination 112 • Pests and diseases 114 What's wrong with my leaves? 116 • What's wrong with my tomatoes? 118 Reaping the harvest 120 • Save your favorite seeds 124 • All for show 126 Get grafting 128 • Create a variety of your very own 130

In the kitchen 132

Preparation 134 • Cooking 140 • Preserving 142 • The recipes 144

Glossary and Useful resources 186 Index 188

Acknowledgments 192

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