Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)
Sheldon, Henry T.
[Tomatoes for] Everybody's garden, pp. 35-39 PDF (1.3 MB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY EVERYBODY'S GARDEN SEVEN VARIETIES OF TOMATOES FOR EVERYBODY'S GARDEN AND THE BEST ONE; THREE WAYS OF TRAINING TOMATOES AND THE BEST WAY. HENRY T. SHELDON, MADISON When Mr. Cranefield spoke to me about making this talk, I should probably have refused if he had suggested any other subject than tomatoes. I do not feel that I am qualified either by knowledge or experience to discuss any phase of gardening before this body, but he assured me that what was wanted was the experience of the ordinary "dub gardener" rather than the expert, which made me feel a little easier, and then this subject of tom- atoes appealed to me at once. I do not think there is any vegetable raised in the ordinary garden out of which we can get as much fun and satisfaction as we can out of the tomato; when you go out to the garden and gather a fine basket of tomatoes, you really feel that you have something to show and talk about, and you know that a whole lot of the satisfaction you get out of your garden is in talking it over with your neighbor, who also has a garden, and comparing your crop with his and swelling up a little if your tomatoes are earlier or bigger or more abundant than the ones in his plot. Then the tomato is a vegetable with which it is hardly possible to make a complete failure, it is singularly free from disease or the attacks of parasites, it will withstand too much moisture or too much dryness, and even if you neglect it and do not cultivate it, it will struggle gamely along and produce pretty well even under the most adverse conditions. However, they should not be left to fight it out alone for there is nothing in the garden which will respond to care and cultivation more willingly; a little thought in selecting the location and a little care in planting and cultivation and they will work their heads off for you the whole summer long. 35
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