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Old 06-07-2008, 02:10 AM
 
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Okay, so my husband and I just moved to the Portland area from Las Vegas. We love it, but I am so blind as to what to do with plants!!! I absolutely love my perennials, etc... but I would love to plant some tomatoes. It is June 6th and I would like to place some in a 5-8 gallon pot. This sounds so stupid...but, do tomatoes need a lot of sun here in Oregon or are they okay in the shade with all of the rain? I've never planted them, but adore them on our fabulous salads. Also, can anyone recommend where to go to find the best heirlooms for our money? Thanks! - Lost in Lake Oswego
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:13 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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Tomatoes need a lot of sun just about anywhere and about an inch of water a week. They are a tropical plant. I have friends in Portland and she puts her tomatoes on the south side of the house in a break where there is sun most of the day. Full sun is best. I think a minimum is 8 hours a day. Mix about a tablespoon of Epsom salts into the soil - prevents blossom end rot. Don't know where you get them there. She also grows the most beautiful Romaine lettuces.
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:34 AM
 
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There's a great book by Steve Solomon: "Growing vegetables west of the Cascades." It offers advice that is tailored to our climate.

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Old 06-07-2008, 09:45 AM
 
Location: oregon
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Welcome to the northwest. my tomato's 2 kinds of cherry are in large pots on the south-east side of our house do great...Put them in a good high end potting soil,use tomato cages and get them going now....Your local nurseries can help you with all of the above..I'm also trying for the first time in window boxes a tumbling tomato plant, the furit is small like cherry tomatos, will be fun to see how they do..
On gardening up here talk to people , ask questions, buy a copy of sunset western gardener,and enjoy the the norwest
Happy gardening
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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Okay, so my husband and I just moved to the Portland area from Las Vegas. We love it, but I am so blind as to what to do with plants!!! I absolutely love my perennials, etc... but I would love to plant some tomatoes. It is June 6th and I would like to place some in a 5-8 gallon pot. This sounds so stupid...but, do tomatoes need a lot of sun here in Oregon or are they okay in the shade with all of the rain? I've never planted them, but adore them on our fabulous salads. Also, can anyone recommend where to go to find the best heirlooms for our money? Thanks! - Lost in Lake Oswego
Hmmmm...what kind of plants? They grow lots of interesting things in Portland, and some are even legal!
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Old 06-07-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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...but, do tomatoes need a lot of sun here in Oregon or are they okay in the shade with all of the rain? I've never planted them, but adore them on our fabulous salads.
As was said, tomatoes are high light, high moisture plants. The thing to keep in mind is that (hopefully) the weather west of the Cascade's will turn the corner any day now and all this cloudy, rainy, cool weather will give way to predominantly sunny skies. You will need to do the raining on those tomatoes as mother nature will be keeping the light on for you. I've been reading Mel Bartholomew's "Square Foot Gardening" in anticipation. I've never grown veggies before either, but I had houseplants by the ton prior to my move here. Looking to get those going again too. Locate a nearby garden center and see whats on offer. Sometimes farmers markets can be a source of seedling flats. Good luck.

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Old 06-07-2008, 07:38 PM
 
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Smile Tomoatoes in Portland

Thanks for all of the great ideas. I just went and got the Western Sunset edition and my husband and I are just finishing up with our gardening!
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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We use a green sleeve around tomato plants that is made of tubes we fill with water. It holds the heat in at night until the warm weather is well established. It has made a ton of difference in plant productivity. Also, always pick early varieties.
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:19 PM
 
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For tomatoes, try 'Oregon Spring'. They were developed by Oregon State University, I believe, and should do well.
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