|Look At These Beauties!|
You cannot grow large, beefsteak-style tomatoes close to the ocean - the cool off-shore flow and lack of heat will not allow the fruit to set. So, if you try to grow beefsteak tomatoes near the ocean (Sunset Zone 24) you are wasting your time! This is what I read, this is what my experience has proven over and over again. And this is what I have taught my students for about 7 years.
These tomatoes were picked yesterday from The Learning Garden in a year that was not one of our warmest! Beautiful and delicious tomatoes. These were grown by the Venice High School students in their gardens without tags. If I had known those vines were supposed to produce this size of tomatoes, I would have yanked the vines back in June. But I didn't know and look at this. Now, if I only knew what variety they were, I'd be saving seeds from them.