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Tomatoes Galore at the Garden Club Sale tomorrow

May 3rd, 2013 at Fri, 3rd, 2013 at 3:55 pm by Karen Dale

Whew! I’ve got nearly 700 tomato plants to sell tomorrow. Won’t you come and get some?

To help you decide what you’d like, I’ve compiled the following, listed by categories (bush, vine, cherry) in order of ripening. They come in 4″ pots for $2, gallon pots for $4.00. Plus the Garden Club has tons of perennials, annual color-spot baskets, geraniums, herbs, vegie starts, and other gardeny things. 9am in the IGA lot next to the temporary library.


‘Siberia.’ 48 days. Ed Hume Seed. 24-30” bushes, 2” red globes.

‘Northern Delight.’ 65 days, TSC. 2” bushes bear elongated 2-3” red tomatoes. GOOD IN POTS.

‘Taxi.’ 66 days. TSC. Very early, with yellow, oblong fruit. 

‘Legend’  70 days. Late-blight resistant, red fruit

‘Siletz’  70 days. My standard, reliably ripening in a half shade situation. TSC. 2”-3” red, mostly seedless fruit.

‘Cosmonaut Volkov’  72 days. 3” squat red fruit with green shoulders; an heirloom from the Ukraine.

‘Oregon Spring.’ 75-80 days on 3’ bushes. Large 4”  red fruit, great taste. TSC

‘Gill’s All-Purpose’  75 day heirloom from Gill’s Seed Co in Portland. Good for canning, slicing, paste.


These ripen later than bush tomatoes, need support like a pole, stake, or up guy-wires.

‘Red Siberian’  55 days. Cool-season tomato, gets 6’ high, pumps out fruit over long season.

‘Stupice’ 60 days, TSC.  Pronounced STEW-pee-za, this Czech variety wins taste contests with its 2” fruit. Many Island small farmers swear by it. Small slicer. 

‘Moskvich”  60 day, 4’ plants produce squat red fruit

‘Early Girl’  65+ days (or here, mid-season). A NW classic, 2-3” slicer fruit.  Growth habit somewhat sprawly.

Thessalonika’  75 days, Greek heirloom, extra-leafy in high sun to protect fruit from scald. Yellow shoulders on red fruit. Resistant to fungus.

“Rio Grande”  75 days, orangy plum, said to take temperature swings well (cool nights).

‘Indigo Rose:  75 days. a purple tomato bred at OSU

‘Kobe Beefsteak’  80+ days. That beeksteak taste. Give a stake or tall tomato cage.

 ‘Fantastik’  85 days.ig, vigorous, Territorial Seed Company’s most popular hybrid.

‘Brandywine’ 85-100 days, TSC.  Given a perfect “tomato summer,”  you MIGHT get ripe ‘Brandywines.’ Vigorous to 5’ or taller on a single stalk, stringed. 

 Cherry Tomatoes

‘Gold Nugget.’. 60 days, TSC. Very early, vigorous, 3/4” cherry fruit in goldey-orange color. 

‘SunGold’  65 days. TSC. Tomato candy!! Small, 1.5” orange, plum-shaped fruit great for snacking in the garden. Viney & vigorous: STAKE. Good for containers. 

Sweetie’  Bright red Cherry tomato, early viner.

CARE: HARDEN OFF FIRST!  Put them outside for a couple hours tomorrow, and each day on, increase the number of hours they’re outside, until by week’s end you can leave them out overnight. THEN plant them.

See you tomorrow! The sale starts at 9am. A line starts by 8:30, but we’ll have baked goods for sale to give you a good sugar rush by the time you’re ready to buy!


gardens on the south end of Vashon Island, on a sandy hilltop overlooking Quartermaster Harbor. "Garden On, Vashon" shares what the Island has to teach us about gardening HERE—from making soils to sowing seeds to raising plants to harvest, cooking, preserving, and designing new ways to cultivate your little chunk of Vashon Island. To contact me, email, or leave a comment.

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