I'm hoping that I'll have some new varieties to recommend to others here in Central OR. A question I get a lot. I've been growing mine in the greenhouse or high tunnel, but not everyone has those tools, so I decided by year's end it would be nice to have a recommendation for everyone that can grow in open beds.
A few years back I found a seed company that is high elevation- much higher than us. If they can grow it, we can. So now it's down to taste. I chose 2 indeterminate and 2 determinate varieties.
So the seed company is Seeds Trust and the varieties I chose are
Siberian Tomato 'Ispolin' 70 days
Early Tomato 'Kotlas' 60 days
'Siletz' 48 days
Urbikany 58 days
Can't wait to see what happens.
So in other news I've discovered a friend in the yard- he's really cute and I'm hoping he's eating a lot of bad bugs!
and a tiny baby in the greenhouse
So cute! A mantis will lay between 100-200 eggs! Lets hope for 200!
So back to the tomatoes- I started them in 3/4" soil block- 7-10 days later they were moved on to the next size soil block 2". Today, I moved them on to a 4" pot where they'll stay (hopefully!) until I get back from a trip, hardened off and then planted out- around June 1. Although I think our last frost will be earlier this year- and I think the summer is going to be a hot one, I'm still planning on June 1 as my LF.
I've also been moving some really nice looking soil we ordered for Best in the West to all the beds. Then I'm topping it with fresh wood chips. Here in our hot, dry climate covering the soil is very important. We'll see how everything goes.
Hope you're getting things done too!
P.S Come check out my 2013 Harvests album on G+ here is the link! There is some yummy stuff in there!