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Pam Peirce

I'm growing the 4 best varieties from last year's trial: Juliet, Mountain Magic, Golden Sweet, and Defiant. So far so good with those. No blight and I am starting to harvest ripe fruit. However, someone gave me an heirloom purple tomato variety and it is pretty well dead of late blight now, with sad little green fruits but no leaves to make sugar so they can ripen. Wish I could grow some of the heirlooms I used to grow!

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The Juliets! OMG they are amazing. Thank you for blogging about them or I probably would not have given them a try. I have a garden in the inner Mission, and while my heirlooms and Early Girls languished this summer, the Juliet seedling grew so big that it took over most of the plot, shading out several small herb plants, bending its metal cage, and breaking several bamboo support poles in the process despite regular pruning. We nicknamed it the Kraken. It is producing about a pint of plum sized tomatoes a day right now. Even when fruit drops early, I have found that it ripens quite nicely in a day or two. I will definitely be planting Juliets again.
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Heather

The Juliets! OMG they are amazing. Thank you for blogging about them or I probably would not have given them a try. I have a garden in the inner Mission, and while my heirlooms and Early Girls languished this summer, the Juliet seedling grew so big that it took over most of the plot, shading out several small herb plants, bending it's metal cage, and breaking several bamboo support poles in the process despite regular pruning. We nicknamed it the Kraken. It is producing about a pint of plum sized tomatoes a day right now. Even when fruit drops early, I have found that it ripens quite nicely in a day or two. I will definitely be planting Juliets again.

Jeff Titon

I trialed the Defiant PHR F1 this year in East Penobscot Bay, the mid-coast of Maine, where summers are long but not hot. It has been a normal growing season except 14 days without rain in July, and less rain in September than normal, thus far. Seeds were from Johnny's Selected Seeds, whose main farm is about 2 hours away from my location by car. They resisted late blight--are still resisting it as of today--and have an old-fashioned tomato taste, with a bit of bite and high flavor, even better than the usually fine tasting Cosmonaut Volkov. Size is medium, shape quite round. The only thing I don't like about them is their tough skins, but that is a texture issue, not a growth or taste issue. I recommend them for taste and blight resistance. They are also quite productive, particularly for determinate plants. They could be a good commercial variety, also.

Pam Peirce

Thanks for the info Susan. I will have results to post from my 2011 trials in a few weeks. The results are mixed.

Susan Kegley

Hi Pam,

Check out your 2009 post for a recent comment from me with info on lots of varieties and their demise (or not) from late blight. It's been a rough summer for tomatoes---worse, even than last year.

Susan

Kimberly McKinnis

The weather in the Bay Area has been rubbish for gardeners this year. My tomatoes are quite unhappy... in fact, I found your blog by Googling 2011 Northern California tomato wilt. I insisted on growing heirlooms that weren't bred for resistance. Not going so well :(

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