This is a directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully. It is a comprehensive illustrated guide to more than 40 different varieties of tomatoes, including round, salad, beefsteak, cherry, plum, pear, vine, yellow and green. It includes hands-on advice on preparing soil for planting, sowing under glass, harvesting, storing and preserving. It features step-by-step instruction on cultivating tomatoes in a greenhouse, in containers and in the garden. It offers helpful hints on how to avoid common pests and diseases, and what to do when problems occur. First cultivated in South America, then introduced into Europe in the 16th century, the 'love apple' or tomato is now cultivated worldwide. In this useful kitchen garden handbook, the most popular varieties are explored, including beefsteak tomatoes such as 'Pruden's Purple', plum tomatoes such as 'Roma', and cherry tomatoes such as 'Tiny Tim'. The book shows how to grow tomatoes under glass, outdoors in beds, and in containers and growing bags, with advice on feeding and watering, and how to deal with problems.There is reliable information for both the novice gardener and also experienced tomato growers who want to experiment with new varieties.
Richard Bird is a full-time author on gardens and plants, and has written nearly 30 books on kitchen gardening, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, topiary and pruning. Christine France is a creative food writer with a love of fresh, local and seasonal produce. She writes cookbooks and also food features for magazines.