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Growing Tomatoes Explained By Mike McGrath

By Tyler Principe |

Mike McGrath, Radio Host of “You Bet Your Garden,” shares his wit and gardening expertise in his newly revised and expanded edition of You Bet Your Garden® Guide to Growing Great Tomatoes.

Mike McGrath

This fun, comical approach teaches readers how to grow heirloom beefsteaks, plums, cherries and other backyard beauties.

McGrath, who also writes a monthly column for Organic Gardening magazine, explains with characteristic wit how to choose, plant, grow and harvest a variety of tomatoes.

This expanded edition is perfect for anyone who’s ever tried to grow tomatoes or faced the challenges of drought, hungry nighttime animals, insects, and disease.

Readers learn how to start tomato plants from seed, about watering, how to stake and cage plants, feeding and how to prevent plant diseases.

The book also offers tips on how and when to pick plants. With every page readers find the writing light and funny, yet rooted in years of experience and practice. You Bet Your Garden® Guide to Growing Great Tomatoes (Fox Chapel Publishing, April 1, 2012) makes a great gift for anyone who’s ever thought about growing their own tomatoes or simply wished their own crop looked and tasted better.

About the Author:
Mike McGrath is host of the weekly nationally syndicated radio show “You Bet Your Garden” as well as a widely published columnist. McGrath has been featured as a gardening commentator on The Today Show and has accumulated a base of fans that appreciate both his humor and knowledge. Along with serving as columnist and contributing editor for Greenprints, McGrath was editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening magazine from 1991 through 1997. He is currently editor-at-large and writes a monthly column, “Mike McGrath’s Tall Tales” and answers questions on the magazine’s website.

McGrath’s “You bet Your Garden” airs weekly on National Public Radio. McGrath has made frequent guest appearances on NBS’s Weekend Today and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” McGrath is also the garden editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, D.C., a post he has held for more than a decade.