Hi Sarah, I like how the HG forums have seen several new gardeners from your part of the world, lately. I'm not too far away but in a quite different climate - it's just that your lingering
spring weather lingers around here, too! (By the way, my grandfather was from just outside
of Vancouver, B.C.
I saw your post on the "best tasting" tomato thread. Gold Nugget isn't my favorite
favorite. Oh! favourite
It is, however, one that might just produce from seed, directly-sown in the open garden! An early/early!
You might need that ... Yeah, don't let some be tricked into thinking your zone 8 designation for winter hardiness has much, at all, to do with tomato growing. Nah. In your location, you will have to deal with cloudy skies and cool temperatures! Almost, right through the growing season ...
I will agree about Tatiana. She has provided a wonderful service but keep in mind that she is not only a highly skilled tomato grower but she is writing for a broad audience. Check out these links, especially. And yeah, you can find a source for all those varieties mentioned in best tasting but careful with the "days to maturity" ratings. Those are what a tomato plant would see as ideal growing days. Many of your days will be ones where a tomato plant will just want to sit around and enjoy the scenery and the cool breeze. Anyway: