How to Grow the Perfect Tomato

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Ian Wilson helps people grow their own gardens, so he knows what it takes to grow the perfect tomato. The local gardening expert stopped by to share his tried-and-true tips. Follow Ian on Instagram.

Some of Ian’s Favorite Varieties:

  • Cherry: ‘Sungold’, ‘Blush’,‘Sweet 100,’
  • Smallish Tomatoes: ‘Stupice’, ‘Green Zebra’ Slicer: ‘Moskvich’, ‘Celebrity’, ‘Early Girl’
  • Heirlooms: ‘Anna Russian,’ ‘Brandywine’, ‘Cherokee Purple’, ‘Paul Robeson’


Great Books about tomatoes:

  • 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden by Carolyn J Male
  • The Heirloom Tomato by Amy Goldman
  • Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades by Steve Solomon
  • How To Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons


You'll find all of Ian's tips in his blog post about growing tomatoes: www.portlandediblegardens.com/blog