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Tomato Container Gardening: 7 Easy Steps To Healthy Harvests from Small Spaces by [Verdant, Mary]
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Wonderful, juicy, fresh tomatoes are fun and easy to grow in containers!

In fact, anyone, anywhere can enjoy tomato container gardening: children, adults, people with limited mobility, people who have never planted anything before, ever, can see amazing results.

This step-by-step guide covers everything you'll need to get started, including:
- sun, soil and water
- types of containers to use
- equipment needed
- seeds and propagation
- dealing with challenges of sun, wind and watering

Seasoned container gardener Mary Verdant shares her expertise the art of container gardening. Armed with this step-by-step guide, frustrated apartment dwellers can indulge their passion for growing delicious tomatoes.

If you have a balcony, porch, or even some steps that get good sunlight, you'll find growing tomatoes in containers easy and rewarding.

Written for the beginner and those with gardening experience, these directions are complete, clear, and easy to follow.

Scroll up, click "Buy Now" and get on the path to delicious, home grown tomatoes in less than 30 minutes a week!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Even an experienced patio tomatoes grower found useful ideas April 22 2013
By Ali Julia - Published on
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I have been growing patio tomatoes on my kitchen deck for many years. I always look for new ideas to improve my tomato garden and to prolong the fairly short New England growing season. Tomato Container Gardening started a bit slow, but about 1/3 into the book even an experienced patio tomato grower like myself found some interesting and useful ideas.

Some of the ideas I liked is the ideas about preparing the soil prior to planting - covering the pot in plastic bags and fertilizing one week prior to planting. Another idea that was interesting is what to do in the fall to prolong the season by pruning late in the season and how to force the plant to ripen faster. I will definitely try these out this fall.

I also thought the section on watering was very good. The key to successful patio garden is good irrigation. I have a pretty extensive drip irrigation system controlled by a timer. The authors covers this option as well as several others, including how to build your own self-watering container at a lot lower price than buying one at the garden store.

There is one technique that I use that have not been covered by the book. This approach helps me extend the growing period by starting earlier. I start my tomato seedlings under a pop-up umbrella and hand pollinate the tomatoes. With a pop-umbrella greenhouse I typical my have the first green tomatoes appear during the last week of May, which is pretty amazing in the cold New England climate. Here is one of the pop-up umbrellas I use GreenThumb Pop-Up Greenhouse. Note that my review of the umbrella contains the description of the pollinating technique I use while the tomato plants are isolated from the bees.

The book ends with a few of the author's favorite recipes, including green tomatoes. There is always a bunch of green tomatoes left on the vine when my growing season is over, so I will be giving this recipe a try in the fall.

This book was useful even for someone who has been growing patio tomatoes for years, and certainly will be very educational for those who are just starting out.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for gardening in limited space April 2 2012
By Jordana - Published on
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A while back I grew tomatoes in pots on my patio because we love home grown tomatoes and don't have access to a market nearby. I had some problems with that little adventure in gardening, and haven't tried patio gardening since! This book has convinced me to give it another try. After reading the book, I can see what I did wrong. More importantly, I now understand the correct way to set up pots in which to cultivate tomatoes.

The book covers many topics that include where to grow your tomatoes, what type pots to use, proper soil formulation, fertilizing, watering made easy, how to select the best types of tomatoes to grow, how to plant, and how to prevent diseases and insect infestations. When I grew tomatoes previously, it was so labor intensive to water them--I can't wait to make the self-watering containers that will solve that problem and allow me to grow juicy delicious tomatoes with much less work. The instructions and illustrations provided for this are very good.

There are even some delicious recipes to fix with the fruits of my labor--I'm really looking forward to giving those a try.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on the subject Nov. 19 2012
By Ionia Froment - Published on
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This book was easy to read and informative and had some great ideas on how to grow tomatoes in various styles of containers, including ideas for making your own containers and hanging containers. I liked that the author took the time to offer some ideas of everyday items that can be turned into planters and described how to do it. There are really good full color photos in this how to guide as well which made the reading more pleasant. There are also sections of information on common pests that attack tomato plants and at the end of the book there are a few recipes that can be made using the tomatoes you grew. Well arranged and fun to explore, this book wasn't very long but I felt it included all of the pertinent information anyone could ask for on this particular subject.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Information; Needs an Editor July 15 2012
By Rhubarb - Published on
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Replete with errors, but I'm keeping it anyway for the excellent tomato advice, including links to websites. Even a "How To" book can/should be well written.

One vital error: author lists varieties of hybrid and heirloom tomatoes. But she switches the list, so the hybrids are heirloom varieties and vice versa.
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent resource Oct. 28 2013
By MamaSylvia - Published on
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Tomato-growing instructions on selecting containers, garden locations, selecting varieties, caring for the plants, and harvesting.

I picked up this book free during an Amazon giveaway. Although her overenthusiastic style is a bit wearing, Verdant (obviously a pen name) does include a lot of useful information. She also discusses fairly new types of containers, such as upside-down growing and grow bags. My main concern is that tomatoes are much more temperamental to grow than she makes them sound, and a novice could be very disappointed if she expected easy results. There are occasional typos but overall spelling, grammar, and formatting are acceptable, and the table of contents interfaces with the Kindle navigation manu. The long title is awful; if your title needs more than 8 words to tell the reader what to expect, you need to change it!

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