Annual Edibles forum: Assessing the tomatoes; planning for next year

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Sep 7, 2010 7:26 PM CST
Name: Paul
Eastern WA
DG: tropicalaria
Sioux is definitely a keeper. Always produces lots of tomatoes in any kind of weather.

Sungold likewise. Very productive, tolerant, and tasty

Ildi proved itself as a replacement for yellow pear. Good flavor, amazingly productive, no cracking, and vague pear shape. Until I find something better it will be my permanent answer to everyone who asks for yellow pear.

Traveler trailed Sioux again. Not as productive, but similar flavor and size (although they're pink). I'll drop this one from next years for sale list.

Black cherry is always good, but so hard to tell when its ripe because the color varies so much. I'll keep it because I do get requests for it, but scale back how many I grow.

Azoychka failed completely. Early plants failed to thrive and even those I did get established did not produce. This is the second year of trouble with it; out it goes.

White Queen had good flavor and form, though a bit more yellow in the skin than I would have liked. I'll keep this as my recommended white.

Cherokee Purple--tried and true. Can't go wrong with this one.

Opalka--spindly, wimpy plants with excellent fruit. I'll bump these to a cooler starting area next year and see if I can't get them to toughen up a bit more. Flavor was wonderful.

Gardeners Peach--one of my children's favorites. The flavor definitely grows on you. I'll keep it, but it's a hard sell, so I'll produce fewer of this one next year.

Chadwick cherry--very good red cherry tomato. Not so sweet as the hybrid Sweet 100/1000000/etc. but good strong, clean tomato flavor. This will remain my recommended red cherry tomato for next year.

Aunt Gertie's Gold
Brandywine OTV
Green Giant
Marianna's Peace
Kelloggs Breakfast
Due to a bit of poor planning, the section of the garden for the beefsteaks was not ready for planting until halfway through the season. This obviously led to my current situation with lots of large tomatoes that I'm hoping will ripen up before the end of the month. Most of these are tried and true, though, and I don't expect to drop any. I'm sad that I didn't get to do a proper evaluation of the Brandywine OTV plant and productivity, though.
Sep 18, 2010 10:37 AM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Great information, thanks!

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