Category Just for Kids

Epic Tomatoes

Epic Tomatoes
By Craig LeHoullier
Storey Publishing
Retail Price $19.95
Amazon Price: $15.10

Book Description: 

Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier, tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes — from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them. No other book offers such a detailed look at the specifics of growing tomatoes, with beautiful photographs and helpful tomato profiles throughout.
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Review

While I am not an expert in the garden by any means, I do love my summer planting and was thrilled with this book!  I plant tomatoes every year with varying degrees of success.  And I’m not alone. Tomatoes are America’s favorite fruit, and the one most likely to be in a home garden. However, disease, pests, soil issues, and watering errors often nip our homegrown harvest in the bud. This book details how to pick the right variety, start from seed, plant, stake, cage, deal with pests and disease, practice “basic keeping-alive skills” and harvest the bounty.  It is full of pictures so you can see how the plants are supposed to look and it is written to the novice, so it is easy to understand and follow instructions.  I highly recommend it!

~Reviewed by Rosie B.

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    Garden to Table

    Garden to Table
    By Katherine Hengel
    Scarletta Press
    Retail Price $15.95
    Amazon Price: $11.48

    Book Description: 

    Fill your plate with fresh, self-sustained produce that comes straight from your garden. Step-by-step planting, care and harvesting tips give the beginning gardener a good basic understanding of the growing process. Over 30 delicious recipes made with basil, carrots, green beans, leaf lettuce, potatoes, and tomatoes, complete with step-by-step photos, bring your homegrown foods to the table to share with others. Incorporating unique flavors and easy-to-grow veggies, these simple recipes will have you asking for seconds!

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    From containers of lettuce and rosemary to rows of broccoli and tomatoes, there’s nothing quite like growing produce in the backyard.  This book encourages kids to take up a trowel and get digging and to pick from the harvest to create easy, delicious meals.  While the book is for older kids and young teenagers, it is written in a professional way that meets them where they are without talking down to them. There are step-by-step instructions along with great photos to keep them on task. The recipes included in the book are very appealing.  If you are looking to involve your kids in producing and preparing your own food, then this is a great place to start!

    ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

     

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