[Free Read] The 64 Tomato How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity Spent a Fortune and Endured an Existential Crisis in the uest for the Perfect Garden ↠ William Alexander

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Bill Alexander had no idea that his simple dream of having a vegetable garden and small orchard in his backyard would lead him into life and death battles with groundhogs webworms weeds and weather; midnight expeditions in the dead of winter to dig up fresh thyme; and skirmishes with neighbors who feed the verm. I was reminded of this book over the weekend when I watched my husband shell out 70 bucks at Lowe s on wood and narrow plastic pipe to make some sort of cage to keep the birds off our blueberry bushes I so wanted to mention the fact that we get less than a pint of berries from those plants and that blueberries are currently two pints for 500 at the supermarket but I didn tSometimes keeping your opinions to yourself is the secret of a happy marriage

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The 64 Tomato How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity Spent a Fortune and Endured an Existential Crisis in the uest for the Perfect Garden

Cro tomato wraps and then amortizing it over the life of his garden it comes as uite a shock to learn that it cost him a staggering 64 to grow each one of his beloved Brandywine tomatoes But as any gardener will tell you you can't put a price on the unparalleled pleasures of providing fresh food for your family. I laughed out loud several times while reading this and also couldn t help but read the section out loud to my fianc about Red Delicious apples and how much the author hates them and why he cannot for the life of him understand why people choose to eat them All I can say us Amen brotherAll of that aside I didn t love the book uite as much as I think I could have At the end he has no great epiphany he doesn t come to any understanding about the way his life needs to interact with gardening Instead he just basically shrugs his shoulders and says he s just trying to figure things out This is real life so I know that it doesn t always end with a neatly tied bow but there needs to be a conclusion at the end I just didn t feel like this book had oneHe s a computer programmer and it shows This book is just a little stiff I don t feel like I really got to know William 35 stars but I m feeling generous today

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In ie deer Not to mention the vacations that had to be planned around the harvest the near electrocution of the tree man the limitations of his own middle aged body and the pity of his wife and kids When Alexander runs just for fun a costbenefit analysis adding up everything from the live animal trap to the Vel. i expected this to be something in the vein of all those sustainable gardeninglefty uasi gentleman farmer memoirs making the rounds these days with page after page dedicated to the author s environmental rights decision making processes lofty pronouncements on the superiority of home grown tomatoes what i actually got was so much funnier satisfying i mean yes the dude acknowledges that he could conceivably be seen as a gentleman farmer he describes himself several times as a liberal khaki wearing NPR listening satchel toter he does spill a little ink on the superiority of his home home grown brandywine tomatoes but there is so much here i actually laughed out loud a couple of times which i almost never do while readingthe author his wife buy a house in the hudson valley it needs a lot of repairs but it has a huge yard they daydream about growing the garden of their fantasies they even hire a landscape designer her husband contractor to arrange it for them which kind of blew my mind the hijinks start right away as the house is located in a region that used to be rife with brick factories thanks to the brick uality clay in the soil the contractor drags his feet digging the beds for the garden until the frost has started then can t complete the job because the yard is just one enormous brick but eventually the garden is dug plants are planted the rest of the book documents the many foibles that ensued including the author s attempts to grow a sound of music uality meadow culminating in the near decision to arrange a controlled burn to combat the unwanted weeds choking the meadow the darwinian progression of woodchucks living under the woodshed evolving to one super woodchuck willing to brave an electric fence to loll about in the garden eat tomatoes the horrifying karma that followed the capture of an oppossum in the live animal trap etc i personally do not garden am not really interested in gardening i still thought this book was awesome all of my gardening friends should definitely check it out


10 thoughts on “The 64 Tomato How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity Spent a Fortune and Endured an Existential Crisis in the uest for the Perfect Garden

  1. says:

    I was reminded of this book over the weekend when I watched my husband shell out 70 bucks at Lowe's on wood and narrow pla

  2. says:

    William Alexander you are a talented writer In less capable hands I probably would have dispensed with the book

  3. says:

    This is an enjoyable memoir about a married couple who design an elaborate vegetable garden but it uickly turns into a expensive ambitious and time consuming project than they anticipated Toward the end of the book

  4. says:

    i expected this to be something in the vein of all those sustainable gardeninglefty uasi gentleman farmer memoirs making the rounds these days with page after page dedicated to the author's environmental rights decision making processes loft

  5. says:

    A delightful and entertaining look at how obsessive gardening can become Not only is the author William Alexander interested in gardening but he also bought a 90 year old house on the verge of falling down He and his wife An

  6. says:

    Reading about everything that goes wrong and nothing going right gets depressing After I read the chapter about the author trapping animals in his garden and purposely leaving them in the trap in direct sun for several days hoping they would die because he was too afraid to release them alive I knew the author was a moron and I coul

  7. says:

    I gravitate toward books about gardening and this seemed a likely choice I was a touch disappointed because the author was uite negati

  8. says:

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this and also couldn't help but read the section out loud to my fiancé about Red Delicious apples and how much the author hates them and why he cannot for the life of him understand why people choose to eat them All I can say us Amen brotherAll of that aside I didn't love

  9. says:

    Cute But jeez talk about privilege I couldn't relate to a 16000 dollar garden Like the last book I read I felt like this guy characterized his wife in a negative light for the sake of good storytelling It annoys me I expect that if I am reading a memoir or story telling non fiction that the main character is the writer an

  10. says:

    At a certain point reading this book felt like being forced to listen to yet another privileged North American male get everything he ever wanted in life but complain about it every step of the way Lots of hot air and wind

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