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Re: 2010 Tomato Roundup

I live in the Pacific Northwest, in Washington state, half way between Seattle and Tacoma in a small town called Auburn. As said in a previous comment, summers often don't happen here in the Pacific Northwest. Even when we do have what can be called summer, they can be rather unspectacular. This summer was one of those less than spectacular summers. Actually, if truth be told, it was a disaster. It started out with some unseasonably warm temperatures and dry skies very early on - the sort of thing that lures even the most seasoned of gardeners out to work the soil. Unfortunately, after planting my raised beds with my carefully selected plants: tomatoes, green bell peppers, broccoli, eggplants, mini watermelon, shallots, and garlic, the weather failed us in a big way. The skies went from blue to gray, the temperatures fell and the rain turned my beautiful little garden back to mud. The watermelon plants simply disappeared, the green bell peppers and the eggplants never even flowered, and everything else just sort of stopped growing. Throughout the summer warm sunny days were almost non existent, and very few gardeners, including the professionals, had much luck growing much of anything. I'd planted just one gorgeous specimen of Sun Gold cherry tomato this year, because I had more tomatoes than I knew what to do with from the two cherry tomato plants in my garden last year. My neighbors started refusing my offers of tomatoes by the middle of July last year, but not so this year! I've only gotten a few handfuls of ripe fruit, definitely not enough to give any away. And now that fall is here with its rain and colder temperatures, I'm not expecting much more than another handful of tomatoes before it freezes. I have hundreds of marble-sized green tomatoes and not much else. Maybe next year will be better . . .