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Name: Mr P Provence
WA (Zone 5b)
Apr 14, 2017 9:11 AM CST
I have moved from Alabama to Newport, WA and want to know a good, flavorful tomato to grow in my garden.
(Very short growing season compared to Alabama)

Thanks, Monty
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Apr 14, 2017 9:29 AM CST
Hi montylproven, Welcome!

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Brandywine') is a popular one. If you have Haggen stores in your part of the state, they apparently have tomato plants:

Hopefully, members from your part of the country will be along soon with suggestions. Happy Gardening!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 15, 2017 12:05 AM CST
I buy my seed from They have a long list of short season tomatoes. My personal favorites are the Artisan tomatoes.

You can extend your season with a hoop house. They are cheap and easy to build from light weight PVC pipe and heavy painter's plastic.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Apr 15, 2017 10:49 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, Monty ( @ALtransplant )

It seems that gardeners in the Pacific Northwest have even more trouble growing tomatoes that I have here in the Michigan Upper Peninsula... unfortunately, short-season tomatoes never seem to have the flavor of the ones that take longer to ripen. I totally agree with Daisy about considering an unheated hoop house if you find you have problems growing the ones you want out in the open garden. There are some on Ebay that sell for an extremely reasonable price (such as these: ) and you would be amazed at how much difference it makes to grow the tomatoes under cover. (I bought two 7x15 hoop houses similar to those pictured at that link a few years back and they were about the best thing I ever did for my garden.)

Two of my favorite heirloom tomatoes are Djena Lee's Golden Girl and Aunt Ruby's German Green, but tomato preference is a very subjective thing! There's a tomato chat thread here: The thread "Welcome to the Tomato Chat thread!" in Vegetables and Fruit forum , and an heirloom tomato thread here: The thread "Welcome to the Heirloom Tomato thread!" in Vegetables and Fruit forum
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