[gardeners] Growing tomatoes for book?

cvinson@mindspring.com (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 14:10:31 -0500

Although Margaret slipped and spilled the beans that I am writing a book, I
still feel awkward writing a public note about a part of the project. So, if
I'm out of place posting this, I apologize; it's not my intent to promote
anything commercial here EVER.

The book grew out of time spent online talking with other gardeners and
growers. The subject is tomatoes, with an emphasis on heirlooms and open
pollinated varieties. The idea is to have as many experienced (and not so
experienced) growers from different regions of North America (as well as
overseas) trial different varieties and include their comments and
experiences in the book.

Some of the folks here have already indicated their interest in growing some
for the book next season. If you've got an interest in joining the Internet
Tomato "gang" send me a note (cvinson@mindspring.com or
freshherbs@mindspring.com) and I'll get you the information. (Please let me
know your geographic location and USDA zone).

I will supply seed for all varieties. You can grow as few as six plants
(fewer if you've got real limitations on space). Varieties would be mixed,
e.g., beefsteak, slicer, salad, cherry, novelty, etc. I'd provide sheets to
keep your growing records and notes that you'd send back to me at the end of
the growing season. These aren't formal trials....rather they are intended
to reflect the observations, comments and experiences of real people growing
under varied conditions.

I'll start sending out seed in mid-January, so am sending this now, since
time is getting short for people in the warm zones, etc. For example, I
usually start some ultra-early tomatoes under lights in late-January to set
out with protection in mid-March. This means I have tomatoes by mid-May.

Catharine/ Atlanta, zone 7b