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

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ISBN-13: 9781565125575
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Description: William Alexander had a simple dream of having a vegetable garden and small orchard in his backyard. It was a dream that would lead to life-and-death battles with groundhogs, webworms, and weeds; midnight expeditions in the dead of winter to dig up  More...

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List price: $13.95
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 3/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

William Alexander had a simple dream of having a vegetable garden and small orchard in his backyard. It was a dream that would lead to life-and-death battles with groundhogs, webworms, and weeds; midnight expeditions in the dead of winter to dig up fresh thyme; skirmishes with neighbors who feed the vermin (i.e., deer); the near electrocution of the tree man; and the pity of his wife and children. When Alexander decided to run a cost-benefit analysis, adding up everything from the Havahart animal trap ($60) to the Velcro tomato wraps ($5) to the steel edging ($1,200), then amortizing it over the life of his garden, it came as quite a shock to learn that it cost him a staggering $64 to grow each tomato. A gardener with an existential bent, Alexander gives excellent advice about everything from peaches to leeks, while tackling such questions as What do our gardens tell us about ourselves? Do we get the gardens we deserve? And why does the groundhog have to take one bite from half a dozen tomatoes when any gardener would gladly grant him six bites of just one?

William Alexander has been gardening and small-scale farming for over twenty-five years. He lives with his wife and their two children in New York's Hudson Valley.

Prologue: Gentleman Farmer
Whore in the Bedroom, Horticulturist in the Garden
We Know Where You Live
One Man's Weed Is Jean-Georges's Salad
No Such Thing as Organic Apples
You May Be Smarter, But He's Got More Time
Nature Abhors a Meadow (But Loves a Good Fire)
Shell-Shocked: A Return to the Front (Burner)
Christopher Walken, Gardener
Cereal Killer
Statuary Rape
Harvest Jam
The Existentialist in the Garden
The $64 Tomato
Childbirth. Da Vinci. Potatoes
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