The Great Tomato Race: How to grow ripe tomatoes in a growing season of 150+ days.

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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
Dec 28, 2017 11:05 AM CST
I am in the Pacific Northwest, in a spot with more rain than Seattle, earlier frost dates and wind, a lot of wind. My attempts at growing tomatoes has been fabulous, if you don't mind them being green.

I have a couple amazing salsa recipes I want to stock up on, so even though I am in the worst place to grow tomatoes, I am willing to put in the effort needed to get a good crop.

My one success story is with an Early Girl that I purchased from a nursery early one year. I planted it up in a pot about the circumference of a whiskey barrel, and about 2.5 feet high. I bought every soil amendment recommended and used a soil building compost with some potting soil for the medium. It sat in full sun on a very hot aggregate deck. I kept a watering can full with fertilizer at all times, as the plant required watering twice a day or more on our hottest days. I just used miracle grow for tomatoes fertilizer
The plant was over 5 feet tall. It was about 8 ft with the pot, so a stool was kept near by. It was just beautiful. I have since tried to achieve the same success out in the soil, but it has been disappointing.

I would like to grow three types of plants this year back on my hot aggregate deck. I would like one cherry type variety, sweet 10 and a Roma variety. But my real desire is to grow the best short season variety with the best culture in pots possible. I am willing to start seeds under lights, but happy to purchase the plants as well. My tomato variety knowledge is applicable for the year 1998, and it looks as though there are amazing new varieties I know nothing about.

Any one have suggestions on variety and culture?

Seems I have been dreaming of Spring the moment summer ended. Sighing! Thank you!!!

If I should not have posted a question here I am so sorry. Please just treemail me and remove it. Thank you!

[Last edited by lauriebasler - Dec 28, 2017 7:23 PM (+)]
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