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Thu Mar 31, 2022, 05:33 AM

DUer in the NYT? DUer in the NYT!

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(Needs subscription or free account registration, of course. This is the NYT)
(on edit: h/t to Celerity in reply #7 for the non-paywalled link: https://archive.ph/Sotjd)

The story is from last month, so maybe I missed it back then, but it popped up in my twitter feed and I recognized a name (and the subject matter made a "same name, different guy" situation highly unlikely), our own NewHendoLib.




https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/realestate/tomato-growing-tips.html
Are Your Tomatoes ‘Epic’? If Not, Here’s What You Should Be Doing
Tomato experts Craig LeHoullier and Joe Lamp’l have some advice for you.

By Margaret Roach
Feb. 16, 2022

“We are the luckiest tomato growers in all of history,” proclaimed Craig LeHoullier as he thumbed with dramatic effect through the Seed Savers Exchange yearbook, a hefty index of nearly 12,000 heirloom varieties of the beloved Solanum lycopersicum.

Choosing among such a staggering selection of tomatoes, plus hundreds of modern hybrids not included in that print version of the yearbook, is the first step toward your best-ever harvest — or what Dr. LeHoullier, a retired chemist who has grown perhaps 3,000 varieties, calls “epic tomatoes.”
***

“Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time” is Dr. LeHoullier’s 2014 book, now in its seventh printing, with about 80,000 copies in print. And Growing Epic Tomatoes is the name of an online course that he teaches with his friend Joe Lamp’l, the host for 12 years of the Emmy Award-winning public television program “Growing a Greener World.”
***

What makes Mr. Lamp’l — and Dr. LeHoullier, as well — smile even more: summer’s first ripe tomato.




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JHB Mar 2022 OP
elleng Mar 2022 #1
NJCher Mar 2022 #2
JHB Mar 2022 #10
hlthe2b Mar 2022 #3
oldsoftie Mar 2022 #4
malaise Mar 2022 #5
malaise Mar 2022 #6
Celerity Mar 2022 #7
multigraincracker Mar 2022 #13
panader0 Mar 2022 #18
multigraincracker Mar 2022 #21
dalton99a Mar 2022 #15
2naSalit Mar 2022 #8
Hekate Mar 2022 #9
NoMoreRepugs Mar 2022 #11
iluvtennis Mar 2022 #12
dalton99a Mar 2022 #14
FalloutShelter Mar 2022 #16
Solly Mack Mar 2022 #17
niyad Mar 2022 #19
panader0 Mar 2022 #20
KT2000 Mar 2022 #22
AllaN01Bear Mar 2022 #23
canetoad Mar 2022 #24
SleeplessinSoCal Mar 2022 #25
Rhiannon12866 Mar 2022 #26
calimary Mar 2022 #28
Rhiannon12866 Mar 2022 #29
calimary Apr 2022 #31
Cha Mar 2022 #27
H2O Man Apr 2022 #30

Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 05:34 AM

1. WOW! Missed it!

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 05:44 AM

2. It was posted in the Gardening Forum

Eom

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Response to NJCher (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 06:39 AM

10. The Gardening group isn't one of my regular DU stops

I'm more familiar with the produce than the production.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 05:46 AM

3. Terrific...

Those of us in the West could use his specific advice given our erratic and very delayed spring. Though I've learned the hard way that nothing (other than root veggies) goes in the ground before Memorial Day, even other locals forget and try when those unseasonably warm days hit beginning in March-only to be followed by a blizzard in April.
Last year neither my or my neighbor's tomatoes ever even ripened despite avoiding such cold-stresses and with all the usual measures taken in previous years. Go figure...

Good on him. Teach the world (especially with the heirloom varieties).

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 05:57 AM

4. I use buckets starting in Feb. Move them in & out depending on temp.

Because here there's always liable to be another frost before Easter.
Yeah, its a bit of a pain moving them all the time, but I love posting my first tomatoes on FB!
Our soil here at the house pretty much sucks and thats why I started using buckets.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 06:10 AM

6. Fabulous

Rec

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 06:16 AM

7. non paywalled link

https://archive.ph/Sotjd

use this site as needed going forward

https://archive.ph/

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Response to Celerity (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 07:04 AM

13. I go to my local library once every few days

and read the Post and the Times, along with others I want to read. If I can't find it there, I go to the local University library.
I use to go to the local coffee shop as they had the local Fish Wrap that I refuse to pay $2.25 a day to read. I'd get a cup of coffee for two bucks and read the paper for free, less the tip. Start going to the library and found they have FREE coffee and won't even allow a donation for it.
I live within the Tribal Reservation, so my library card is good in any library in the county. I'm not a member of the tribe and feel that I don't own the land, I'm just a caretaker.

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Response to multigraincracker (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 08:31 AM

18. Which reservation?

I lived a year on the Warm Springs rez in Oregon. My house was right on the Deschutes River.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #18)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 12:28 PM

21. Isabella Chippawa Rez.

In Central Michigan. Some great concerts at the Casino. We have an award winning fire dept too.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 07:25 AM

15. +1

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 06:27 AM

8. Woo Hoo!

And just to celebrate...



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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 06:38 AM

9. Wonderful!

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 06:56 AM

11. Congrats - from a tomato lover.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 07:03 AM

12. KnR. n/t

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 07:24 AM

14. Kick

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 07:42 AM

16. KnR

YAY for homegrown tomatoes.

Just watered my Byandywine Pinks.



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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 08:22 AM

17. Woohoo! How great is that?!?!

NewHendoLib is a wonderfully nice man with a patience that only true kindness brings. He has indulged me over the years with encouragement when I've felt hopeless over current events.

I can't help but think those qualities, along with his extensive knowledge, is what goes into producing such outstanding tomatoes.

Maybe it sounds weird to some, but the fruit from a labor of love, coupled with the know-how, is just simply better.

Is it any wonder that he garners national attention?

I rarely flatter and I am not doing so now.

Well earned is well earned.

We have quite a few remarkable voices on DU and his is one.



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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 08:33 AM

19. I saw this when it first came out, but worth seeing again. My library has that book,

at my request, and it is in constant circulation.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 08:35 AM

20. I grew my first heirloom tomatoes last year.

Once you get past the fact that they're not the same shape or color as the tomatoes you
see in the stores, and just savor the flavor, they're great.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 03:38 PM

22. I remember when the book came out!

Save the tomatoes!! Congrats on a NYT write-up.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 04:51 PM

23. hokey smokes bullwinkle .:)

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 04:59 PM

24. Well done NHL

Very cool!

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 06:14 PM

25. Have the link to the DU post?

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 06:57 PM

26. Twitter replies:

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #26)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 09:59 PM

28. That sure looks like it qualifies as an Epic Tomato!

YUM! An edible work of art!

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Response to calimary (Reply #28)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 10:01 PM

29. Our fellow DUer is regarded as a national expert on growing tomatoes!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #29)

Fri Apr 1, 2022, 11:51 AM

31. MAN! No kidding!

I love gardening. And I’ve grown tomatoes. But I never grew any THAT magnificent!

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Thu Mar 31, 2022, 09:08 PM

27. Rt TY & the North Carolina Tomato

guy!

💙💛

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Fri Apr 1, 2022, 12:05 AM

30. Recommended.

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