heirlooms, first time

chic01September 22, 2006

I reside about 30 miles east of Seattle at 450'above sea level. I raise about 6 tomatoe plants in my garden along with strawberries, onions, carrots, & raspberries. I have never raised a heirloom tomatoe other than Sweet 100's(If that is one).

My hybrids & 100's do very well, but I want to get away from the Early Girl. It is Ok compared to tomatoes purchased from the super market, but the hybrids are so much tastier! Perhaps some Heirlooms would strut their stuff in this area?


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"but the hybrids are so much tastier!"
where did you hear that one!!
sweet100 is not an heirloom.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2006 at 9:43PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

Early Girl and Sweet 100 are both hybrids. If you're looking for heirlooms you can do a little research to see which ones might do well in your area. You may want to check Johnnys Seeds, they carry quite a few short season, cooler weather type seeds and plants. They are I belive, in Maine. There are probably others in your area. It might just take a little digging to find them. Good Luck.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2006 at 11:04PM
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gardenlad(6b KY)

Check out Territorial Seeds and Victory Seeds for varieties that might be better adapted to your area.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2006 at 6:33AM
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maryinpnw(z8 OR)

Hi Chic01,

You might take a look at my response to drcindy in a question she asked on the tomato forum. It is, "Are heirloom tomatoes harder to grow?" drcindy is also a Pacific Northwesterner growing in Washington State. My response is rather long, but perhaps it can help you. Heirlooms are possible in the northwest, but much easier on the east side of the Cascades. Think Yakima, Walla Walla, etc, but they can be grown west of the mountains too. All the best.


    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 3:51PM
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