s like eating a different fruit.
If you have fungus troubles, try Serenade fungus control. I've had tremendous luck with this product. Stakes and cages work well to support tomatoes. I find that using some form of support helps with yield and disease. I also pull out the suckers of the plant. This is new growth that appears in the v (the crotch) of the tomato.
Here is a partial list of tomato varieties. There are literally hundreds of them available.
Reliable Stupice, Sungold, Early Girl, and Early Swedish or IPB are popular and dependable. First-time gardeners would do well to grow at least one of these.
Brandywine--Indet. Open-pollinated. Dusty-red, fairly tangy, large fruits. Ripens late in our climate. This is a popular heirloom.
Celebrity--Det. Hybrid. Grows well in Northwest, very flavorful. Medium-sized to large, red fruit. Large plant for a determinate.
Champion--Indet. Hybrid. Bigger than Early Girl, these medium to large red tomatoes are meaty and not too sweet. Good performer, high yields.
Dona--Indet. Hybrid. Productive French variety. Medium red, oval shape, very meaty and early. This is a good choice for canning whole and for salsa.
Early Girl--Indet. Hybrid. Very early, red salad tomato. Consistently does well in taste tests.
Early Swedish or IPB--Indet. Open-pollinated. Very early, smallish, red fruits on prolific "potato-leafed" vines.
Early Cascade--Indet. Hybrid. Early, all-purpose small, red fruit. A good producer West of the Cascades.
Fantastic--Indet. Hybrid. Great flavor, does well in taste tests. Though called a mid-season, it's a bit on the late side here.
Garden Peach--Indet. Open-pollinated. Slow to ripen, keeps well. It is a fruity-tasting tomato that is actually fuzzy. Great novelty.
Golden Nugget--Det. Hybrid. Early and productive OSU release. Small, yellow cherry tomato that resists cracking. Mid-sized, nearly seedless, meaty fruit.
Jubilee--Indet. Open-pollinated. Large, orange, solid tomatoes with good texture. On the late side in our climate.
Lemon Boy--Indet. Hybrid. Yellow good-size tomato. Mid-season around here and the best of the yellow tomatoes.
Mr. Stripey or Tigrella--Indet. Hybrid. Small red fruit, with clear yellow and orange stripes. These are so sweet and fruity tasting, they're like an entirely different fruit. Very early.
Oregon Spring--Det. Open-pollinated. Very meaty, excellent tasting, mid-to large-sized red fruits. Matures in a short season. OSU release. Takes cold well.
Siberia--Det. Open-pollinated. Small to medium red tomato with green at the stem and unimpressive yields, but great taste.
Small Fry--Det. Hybrid. One inch red cherry tomatoes in clusters of 7-8. Great for small gardens, containers. Continuous fruiting, unlike many determinants.
Stupice--Indet. Open-pollinated. Very early, great tasting tomato. A sure-fire tomato in even a cool summer.
Sun Gold--Indet. Hybrid. These cherries ripen to a lovely orange. They have an extremely sweet, irresistible flavor; a personal favorite. Excellent dried.
Sweet Million--Indet. Hybrid. An improved Sweet 100 type cherry. Equally prolific and sweet, but with less cracking.
Sweetie--Indet. Open-pollinated. Lots of sweet fruit; a large cherry on large vines.
Top Sirloin--Indet. Hybrid. This new, beefy, red tomato is not yet widely available. Late to mature, but these big, flavorful fruits may be worth the wait.
Yellow Pear--Indet. Open-pollinated. Very, very prolific, mild cherry pears; intensified flavor when dried. Old time favorite.