Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer Reading - "The $64 Tomato"

Now that one of my tomato plants is finally putting out a few red orbs (the other plant is probably hopeless), I think it's time for this book review.

Between tomato late blight and this summer's wet and miserable weather, 2009 has been a pretty dreary summer for gardeners, at least around here. If you find yourself trapped indoors dreaming about how nice your garden could be if only the sun would shine, then this book is for you.

The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden by Bill Alexander takes a humorous look at how one man's gardening hobby quickly crosses the line into obsession. The subtitle says it all!

The chapters can stand on their own in this quick to read book, perfect for someone like me who reads at bedtime and tends to forget what happened previously. With titles like "Whore in the Bedroom, Horticulturist in the Garden", "You May Be Smarter, But He's Got More Time", and "Cereal Killer" you will grinning as you read.

I'm not really a vegetable gardener, and what we do grow is confined to our 8' x 8' deck, nothing like Mr. Alexander's 2000 square feet of terraced beds, but even I can appreciate his battles with a woodchuck he calls Superchuck and his quest for organic apples.

Next time the weather or Asian Longhorned Beetles get you down, pull this book out and know that you're not alone in your quixotic quest for the sublime perfection of nature in your garden.

1 comment:

Angela Kusek-Schubert said...

So excited to request that book! Every year my garden gets bigger and bigger and our Realtor said 4 more years till I can have my farm!!!
Isn't it amazing what you can grow on a deck/ balcony? You couldn't fit more than one person on mine but there was a lot of life going on out there! ;)

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