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#408: How to Grow Your Best Tomatoes at Home - [Craig LeHoullier]

In This Episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

#408: How to Grow Your Best Tomatoes at Home - [Craig LeHoullier] In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Craig LeHoullier the author of the best selling book, "Epic Tomatoes", about the things you can do to ensure that you will grow the best tomatoes right at home.

Craig is going to come on a tell us about the various common tomato plant diseases that you will come across, what they look like to you can identify them, and the steps you can take to protect your tomato plants.

He'll give you his recommendation for spacing your tomato plants for the best air flow, some feeding and watering techniques so that your tomato plants do not get stressed out and how mulching your tomato beds can assist.

From there, Craig will tell us why we are seeing more tomato plant diseases today than ever before, how heirloom tomatoes are playing a role in that increase, and what you can do to limit tomato plant diseases.

This, and so much more, on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

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Here's What We'll Cover in this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

  • How high temperatures affect your larger tomato varieties
  • Battling tomato diseases
  • Spacing your tomato plants
  • Why tomato growers are exdperiencing more tomato diseases
  • Why the heirloom tomato industry is booming right now
  • Mulching your tomato beds to prevent diseases
  • Feeding and watering your tomato plants

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About this episode's guest, Craig LeHoullier

#408: How to Grow Your Best Tomatoes at Home - [Craig LeHoullier] 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.

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.

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.

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