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Keywords: Vegetable varieties, Tomatoes

What are the best types of tomatoes for the Pacific Northwest climate?


In Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades (Steve Solomon, 2000, pp.241,242), the author notes that any tomato advertised in a seed catalog as needing more than 72 days for maturity will not likely reach a ripe old (tasty) age in our region. Solomon suggests purchasing seed only from regional companies like Territorial Seed Co. or West Coast Seeds. The varieties he recommends are
1. some that ripen early in the Willamette Valley (bred by Jim Baggett) = Oregon 11, Oregon Spring, Santiam, and Gold Nugget
2. slicers = Fantastic Hybrid, Pic Red, Early Cascade, and Kootenai
3. cherry = most are prolific here, but Solomon prefer's Jim Baggett's Gold Nugget

Here is a link to an article by Chris Smith in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (01-19-2006) that introduces some new tomatoes and other vegetables for 2006.

Seattle Tilth has an article by Kirsten DeLara (2011) called "Grow Great Tomatoes in Seattle" which includes a list of the author's favorite varieties for our area. Also check Seattle Tilth's annual list of tomatoes available at their sales, and their reports on tomato tasting results.

Mother Earth News published an article on the best Pacific Northwest varieties in February/March 2010.

Date 2018-06-14
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Plant Answer Line Question

Keywords: Solanum tuberosum, Vegetable varieties, Vegetable gardening

I would like to plant a second crop of potatoes in July. Could I use potatoes dug from my first crop this year or should I try to find seed potatoes?


You can plant mid-season and late potatoes this month, but there are particular varieties that are best suited to planting at this time. This is one reason not to plant the potatoes you just dug (which are an earlier variety).

Here are links to additional information:

From the University of Illinois Extension.

Growing Potatoes in the Home Garden from UC Santa Cruz.

Steve Solomon's Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades (Sasquatch Books, 2000) says that because of the large number of viruses which can affect potatoes, you should not carry over your seed (replant). It is safest to use certified virus-free planting seed. He says that your crop might be fine the first time you replant your own potatoes, but they will become increasingly susceptible to viruses.

Date 2017-05-05
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Garden Tip

Keywords: Heirloom varieties, Vegetable varieties, Vegetable gardening

A new magazine is available dedicated to antique treasures from the garden. The Heirloom Gardener is published four times per year for a mere $12.00. Articles in the winter 2004 issue range from a history of the Brandywine tomato, renovating neglected pome trees (apples and pears) to a profile on an heirloom vegetable farmer. Color photos and illustrations contribute to the thoughtful, informative articles. To subscribe call 1-866-OLD-SEED, or send a check to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, 2278 Baker Creek Rd, Mansfield, MO 65704, or subscribe online at www.rareseeds.com

Date: 2006-02-28
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