Growing Big Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Virginia Beach, VA
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Question by kenolive
March 7, 1998
I live near the beach, have sandy soil, and my yard gets only partial, mostly filtered sunlight. I love big juicy tomatoes. What varieties can you suggest?

Answer from NGA
March 7, 1998
Your conditions are less than ideal for big, juicy tomatoes, so you might have to settle for medium-sized juicy tomatoes. Plant your seeds in the garden site that gets the most sunshine, and try one or all of these short-season varieties: Burpee's 'Northern Exposure', or 'Big Beef'. (Order toll-free at (800) 888-1447) Or, try these: 'Oregon Spring', 'Kootenai' or 'Siletz' from Territorial Seed Company, P. O. Box 157, Cttage Grove, OR 97424-0061 Phone (541) 942-9547. These varieties are especially bred for short-season areas with cooler temperatures. They still require full sun, but you may be able to coax them into producing with less sunshine. Good luck!

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