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#243: The Science Behind Growing Dwarf Tomato Plants with Craig LeHoullier

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#243: The Science Behind Growing Dwarf Tomato Plants with Craig LeHoullier

Mike chats with 3 time guest to the show, gardening expert Craig LeHoullier. Craig tells us all about what it takes to create new tomato varieties through the cross breeding process. Craig's focus is creating dwarf tomato plants so that anyone can grow delicious tomatoes regardless of space restrictions.

From there, Craig breaks the traits and characteristics he and his team look for to improve on when creating new tomato varieties. Craig then goes on to tell us all about just how diverse creating new tomato varieties can be, and the experts it takes to achieve optimal results.

That, and so much more on this week's episode of vegetable gardening

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#243: The Science Behind Growing Dwarf Tomato Plants with Craig LeHoullier

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Here's what we'll cover:

  • Dwarf Tomato varieties
  • Creating better flavors
  • Creating different colors and shapes
  • Insect and Disease resistant traits

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About This Week's Guest Craig LeHoullier:

I love gardening.

Iíve loved gardening since 1981, when my wife and I planted our first one together in Hanover, New Hampshire, just a few months after we were married. In truth, Iíve loved walking in gardens for longer than I can remember, seeds planted by my grandfather and father in walks through their own gardens. Each of them planted the seeds of that love when I was so very young, for which I am so grateful.

I love to write about my adventures among the plants.

In doing so, I strive to share the joy that I experience while gardening with my readers. If all goes well, in addition to growing gardens, we will grow new gardeners. Being able to grow wonderful flowers, vegetables and fruit offers so much: confidence and control of what we eat, the multitude of benefits from being outdoors and working up a sweat, and creating an area to decompress, relax and share with family and friends.


Though gardening can be a solitary hobby, I find that energy comes from being with and in front of other gardeners (anywhere along the experience spectrum, newbie to avid). It becomes all about collective sharing, learning, and growth. There is always something new to learn about gardening. The education process spans our lifetimes. The essence of what I do, and why I do it, is and will always be focused on learning and sharing, never about publicity and money.

I am Craig Lehoullier.

Through the years, Iíve been known as NC Tomatoman. Some know me as the fellow who named Cherokee Purple in 1990. To others, I am the author of the books Epic Tomatoes or Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, the co-host of Tomatopalooza, a co-leader of the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, or just the odd person with a garden where the driveway used to be. I am the tomato nut with a website, a blog, a newsletter (on occasion), and a huge tomato and pepper and eggplant collection. Really, all I am is Craig LeHoullier - someone that heirloom tomatoes chose to help participate in their continued relevance. Welcome to my web home - look around, stay awhile and come back often.

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Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts.

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