Growing epic tomatoes likely makes it on to every vegetable gardeners wish list sooner or later. Fortunately, we now have someone who wrote the book on it, literally. Our featured guest for this episode, Craig LeHoullier wrote my new favorite book – a tomato growing guide: Epic Tomatoes; How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time.
While Craig has rocketed to rock star status in the international tomato growing scene in recent years, his long journey and decades of experience quietly growing, studying, and breeding them has made him one of the most in-demand speakers and authorities on the gardening scene today.
Craig’s processes for what he does with tomatoes is fascinating, from the time he starts his seed sowing in February, through his seed saving in mid-summer and beyond. He records just about everything he does and refers to it often while continuing to pioneer new growing methods and varieties to openly share with the public.
And while there are countless successful tomato growers out there, few if any grow as many as Craig in such a small and non-traditional space and way. And that’s where the story is. That, and his journey of discovery and his passion for the tomato — past, present, and future.
As Craig will quickly tell you, he never set out to have so many spotlights shining on him for his expertise of America’s favorite fruit. In Craig’s words; “the tomato chose him”. We are so glad for that!
Now that you’ve listened to the podcast, watch the entire episode on growing epic tomatoes we did with Craig in his Raleigh, NC driveway garden over the entire growing season.
Other topics we discussed and where to learn more:
- What to do when tomatoes get too tall
- Simple steps with video to build the ultimate tomato cage support:
- Craig’s book: Epic Tomatoes
- Craig’s blog
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