In this book McGrath explains why readers should grow their own tomatoes in the first place: You just can't beat the taste. Tomatoes are the most popular home garden vegetable crop, and heirloom tomatoes are older, open-pollinated varieties that have stood the test of time. More and more gardeners are finding heirloom vegetables to be superior in flavor, color and disease resistance to the more common hybrid commercial varieties.
Based on McGrath's personal adventures in tomato-growing, You Bet Your Garden Guide to Growing Great Tomatoes guides would-be gardeners through choosing seeds, germinating, planting, staking, caging, nurturing, watering and harvesting homegrown tomatoes. Readers also get tips on how to control pests and deal with disease. Along the way, he weaves in fascinating tomato lore and tips. This is a book for everyone who loves to laugh, loves to eat, and loves to grow beautiful tomatoes.