We’ve all got tons of gardening books I’m sure… but it sure is fun to read about how other people struggle with growing stuff!
The $64 Tomato is really more a collection of sequential essays, but there is a story that is told. William Alexander wrote this book – his first – to chronicle his years as a gardener in the yard of an old house in the Hudson River valley.
The book is funny and fast. All of us can appreciate his approach, his genuine desire to grow apples organically (ultimately winding up with a slow progression of natural pest control efforts that ends in shock and awe fashion with waves of WMDs), his love of a brandywine tomato (a love shared by a rascally groundhog), and his evolution into a nearly self-sustaining small-scale farmer.
The stories work as fantastic gardening anecdotes, but along the way there is plenty to learn about the author, his family, and their lives in an old house in a small town.
Well worth the read. And do not follow his math on the $64 tomato. It’s depressing. But, we don’t REALLY get into gardening to save money right?