So a few days ago I walk the garden as per usual...and see my precious Black knight was nibbled...effing deer...so I bought some 1/2 " welded wire screen and made a cylinder to put over it to give it time to recover...Deer are an endless pain in the arse here...but they are beautiful...Ahh nature such beauty and challenges... Ha!I love delphiniums...I used to sell a very unusual cross to a big florist in Portland...to make some extra money...I had kids that were going to go in college...I recently found a British variant I used to grow called Black Knight...It's amazing with black bees , not the usual PNW varietals ...with white "bees" Yeah I g
Not in the ground yet.Typically we don't plant outside till mid May, often later. Our hoop house tomatoes go in June 1st or so.
Over the last 3 year's, tomatoes planted early, whether in hoop house or outside have underperformed or barely equaled those planted early. The cool nights seem to put the plants into a stupor, and takes them a while to recover.
These are all heirlooms, so some of the more modern varieties such as those out of OSU may tolerate cold better.
We grow black cherry, yellow pear, Cherokee purple and black Krim outside...the black Krim is the least productive of those outside, but gives 15 or so great tomatoes each year.Not in the ground yet.
Just putting them out during the day and taking them in at night.
Early Girl 50’s have treated me well and mainly use them for salads, burgers, sandwiches etc.
Not much beyond that other then to keep myself and the neighbors in tomatoes
They’ll go in pots and out on the blacktop probably mid next month depending on the long range forecast.
Would be willing to try a few other varieties with larger fruit if you have suggestions for good producers in Western WA.
My green thumb is somewhat limited.