This Week on Vegetable Gardening

craig_lehoullier_2.jpgIn this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening podcast, our good friend, the always energetic Craig Lehoullier joins Mike to talk about Tomatoes.  Craig and Mike discuss the Sun Gold tomato along with a half dozen other varieties that are being brought to market.  Craig will teach you how to grow tomato plants from the cuttings of existing plants, how to grow tomatoes in small containers, and which diseases to look out for in your tomato plants.  He'll discuss why Australia no longer accepts seeds from the USA and how you can still germinate those older tomato seeds.  From there, Craig will tell us all about his dwarf tomato project, how he got started and where you can get the seeds to all these new and delicious varieties so you can grow them as well.  This and so much more on this week's episode of Vegetable Gardening.

In this episode here's what we'll cover



  • Sun Gold Tomatoes
  • Learning How To Grow Tomato plants from root cuttings
  • Planting late tomato seeds
  • Indeterminate Tomatoes in small pots
  • Fungal Disease Fusarium
  • Early Blight


  • Dwarf Tomato Plants
  • Craig's Full List of New Tomato Varieties
  • Cherokee Line of Tomato varieties
  • Germinating older tomato seeds
  • Nostalgia Gardening
  • Gardenweb
  • Why Australia no longer accepts tomato seeds from the USA


  • Writing about heirloom varieties that kids can grow
  • Tracing the history of the development of the tomato in America
  • Crossing Different Plant variety plants
  • Where you can meet Craig


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About this week's guest, Craig LeHoullier

craig_lehoullier_1.jpgI love gardening.

I’ve loved gardening since 1981, when my wife and I planted our first one together in Hanover, New Hampshire, just a few months after we were married. In truth, I’ve loved walking in gardens for longer than I can remember, seeds planted by my grandfather and father in walks through their own gardens. Each of them planted the seeds of that love when I was so very young, for which I am so grateful.
I love to write about my adventures among the plants.

In doing so, I strive to share the joy that I experience while gardening with my readers. If all goes well, in addition to growing gardens, we will grow new gardeners. Being able to grow wonderful flowers, vegetables and fruit offers so much: confidence and control of what we eat, the multitude of benefits from being outdoors and working up a sweat, and creating an area to decompress, relax and share with family and friends.


Though gardening can be a solitary hobby, I find that energy comes from being with and in front of other gardeners (anywhere along the experience spectrum, newbie to avid). It becomes all about collective sharing, learning, and growth. There is always something new to learn about gardening. The education process spans our lifetimes. The essence of what I do, and why I do it, is and will always be focused on learning and sharing, never about publicity and money.

I am Craig Lehoullier.

Through the years, I’ve been known as NC Tomatoman. Some know me as the fellow who named Cherokee Purple in 1990. To others, I am the author of the books Epic Tomatoes or Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, the co-host of Tomatopalooza, a co-leader of the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, or just the odd person with a garden where the driveway used to be. I am the tomato nut with a website, a blog, a newsletter (on occasion), and a huge tomato and pepper and eggplant collection. Really, all I am is Craig LeHoullier - someone that heirloom tomatoes chose to help participate in their continued relevance. Welcome to my web home - look around, stay awhile and come back often.


About the Host

mike_bio_pic1_p3ehq4.jpgMike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for the Rest of Us as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month.  Be sure to listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast, as he interviews the gardening industry's leading experts. You can also read gardening articles from Mike on his blog at AveragePersonGardening.com/blog

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