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Old March 5, 2007   #61
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I just got my first look at it a few days ago. Very impressive!
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Old March 19, 2007   #62
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I just got this book from the local library, and I am totally impressed. This is the most interesting, easy to read and enjoyable gardening book I've read in years (and I've read lots!!), It is a must have!
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Old March 24, 2007   #63
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The problem with this durned book is I want ALL the 'maters in it!
Now when her next book comes out (hint, hint) I'm gonna REALLY be in trouble!!!
Seriously, thanks Carolyn for a GREAT book!!!!!!!!
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Old May 26, 2007   #64
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I bought the book last year and though it was beautifully photographed with great descriptions. The pictures depict what a real tomato looks like in the garden. The seed starting, saving and the part on fermenting is worth the price of the book, which is crammed with great info and straight forward information. Carolyn gives each tomato it's strengths as well as it's weaknesses along with how it taste. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down until I got to the last page. I can only hope that she writes another book on the same subject.
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Old July 5, 2007   #65
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Just ordered it from Amazon. Can't wait.
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Old July 14, 2007   #66
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Carolyn,

My wife and I purchased, read, studied and re-read your most

wonderful book. It has many highlighted passages and I have

used it to compile a list of plants that we want to grow in

the future.

I am a transplanted New Yorker (Levittown, Long Island) and

have been living in a suburb of Denver, Colorado since 1985.

3 years ago, we only grew those heirloom tomatoes that we

could find in the local nursery -which is not much. Before

that it was mostly hybrids.

Because of your book however, this year marks the beginning of

our journey into growing all of our heirlooms from seed. We

saved the seeds from the plants we purchased and following

your instructions fermented and dried them. We also purchased

some seeds from 2 of the vendors you mentioned in your book.

This year we have 18 different varieties and can't wait until

the harvest! We have 16 plants in 8 home made Earth Boxes,

another 9 in a raised bed that we have been composting for

many years, 7 in a new area we just opened up this year, and

15 or so in pots around our deck.

We followed your advise (and others on this site) and

purchased the lights, germinating mat, etc. and setup an area

in our basement for 'our babies'. When they got older, we

brought them upstairs and converted our dining room table into

a growing area.

We hardened off all of them and used 'Walls of Water' to get

them started. We have high winds here and they help our

plants get started...

We check them everyday and water when needed and are

definitely addicted to heirlooms now. All of this would not

have been possible without your encouragement and guidance.
Thank You so very much for writing your book!

We visit Tomatoville often and intend to contribute to it as

well. Thanks to Earl, Worth and NCTomatoMan for their wisdom.

Please, if you are even faintly considering writing another

book/field guide, please do! We want more! More varieties,

whether available commercially or not, more troubleshooting

tips for bugs, viruses, etc., We are excited about learning

about more types of tomatoes! Please, write another book!

Thanks,
Chris & Tracey
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Old July 22, 2007   #67
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I've read it and re-read it a few times. Love it!

I have a question for Carolyn: What, if any, are your favorite finds since the book came out?
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Old July 22, 2007   #68
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I'm not Carolyn, but whenever she posts a list, I make sure to save a copy.

Sometime in 2006
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Aker's West Virginia
Andrew Rahart Jumbo Red
Black Cherry
Chapman
Cuostralee
Crnkovic Yugoslavian
Druzba
Milka's Red Bulgarian
Neves Azorean Red
OTV Brandywine
Red Penna
Russian Bogatyr
Wes
Zogola

2006 Summer list
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Aker's West Virginia
Aunt Gertie's Gold
Anna Russian
Black Cherry
Brandywine (Sudduth)
Bulgarian #7
Chadwick's Cherry, aka Camp Joy
Cherokee Green
Jaune Flammee
German Red Strawberry
KBX (Kellogg's Breakfast PL)
Omar's Lebanese
Sandul Moldovan
Sungold
Tidwell German
Mama Leone
Sara's Galapagos
Virginia Sweets
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I didn't go through your entire list but I know Druzba, Cuostralee and OTV Brandywine are listed in Carolyn's book. So are Anna Russian, Brandywine (Sudduth), Omar's Lebanese......Carolyn obviously had to have found them before her book came out if they are in it.
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Old July 22, 2007   #70
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We also purchased

some seeds from 2 of the vendors you mentioned in your book.



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And if I had the opportunity I would delete some and add others.

That list was published in 1999 and much has happened in the seed world since then.

But I'm glad that my book has been of use to you.
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Old July 27, 2007   #71
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Feldon,
Thanks for posting Carolyn's lists, I just saved them!
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Carolyn,

A quick question for you. On page 76 you talk about Brianna having 'Celtic origins', but at the bottom of the page you say that the origin is unknown. Why is that?

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Old July 27, 2007   #73
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Carolyn,

A quick question for you. On page 76 you talk about Brianna having 'Celtic origins', but at the bottom of the page you say that the origin is unknown. Why is that?

Thanks,
Chris
Chris, please go back to page 76 and note that I was talking about folks who choose variety names just b'c of the name.

And then I said that Brianna attracted me b'c of it's Celtic origins. Meaning the name.

Brianna was a warrior lady Celt and I have a strong interest in all things Celtic and so that's why I chose it.

To wit, I chose it b'c of it's name.

Make sense now?



No way could it be Celtic b'c tomatoes never left Mexico until the 16th Century when the Spanish dispresed them to Spain and othner areas.
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Old July 27, 2007   #74
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Carolyn obviously had to have found them before her book came out if they are in it.

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What Morgan listed were just the varieties I grew in 2006, not a definitive list of my faves.

Remember that I fell in Dec of 2004 so after that time I've been in a walker and can no longer do the huge growouts that I used to do.

The summer of 2004 was the last time I grew hundreds and hundreds of plants and maybe 150 different varieties. I'd have to check those numbers.

Actually I don't have a definitive list of faves b/c the list changes whenever I find a new one that I like.

And not all the ones in my book are faves either. If you read in the introduction you'll see that I said I wanted to feature varieties that represented different types of tomatoes. And that I did.
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Old July 28, 2007   #75
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Carolyn,

Makes perfect sense now -Thanks!
And Thanks for the corrections on your fav's.
Since you are recooperating, perhaps doing another tomato book would be in order? (hint, hint) Sorry, but that book is just outstanding and having another 100 would be wonderful...
My wife and I have made a game using your book. We read one of the descriptions out loud to the other -and the listener tries to guess which tomato it is! This way here we learn more about maters and have fun doing it.

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