Monday, December 24, 2012


A picture of one my creations.....BLUE TEARS...quite an attractive plant showing lots of blue in the leaves, stems and flowers.  I should have seed available again soon.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

AFRICAN PRINCE potato variety
HELENE 68 potato variety
HUAGALINA potato variety

Go to my forum to read more about these varieties

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Poster inviting folks to attend my presentation in Portland Sept 11, 2012

 I really love this poster!  Reminds me of the old Farmer's Almanacs and ads of the past century or two.

There is no way I'll know exactly what I will talk about but it will be fun.  Tom Wagner
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Thursday, September 06, 2012

BETIMES MACBETH Tomato variety

 Betimes Macbeth is again a dependable variety that makes here in the PNW.

Heavy set of tomatoes on a very small vine.  Determinate

Shiny, firm fruit that tolerates the cold nights we get in tomato season...down in the upper 40's.

The breeding work goes back to Kansas and later in California.  Advanced selection was done here.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


 This update on the Suess Becker bean is partly for my extended family to view.  I have kept this bean alive by growing it every few years. Occasionally, I have sent samples to family and to interested growers. 

Since it hails from 1888 in Germany and before that by many years.  The text tells a story that I wanted public for a variety of reasons.  If anyone wants a very small sample, I will send postpaid an evelope of seed for $5.00.  Just email me at

Our family used it as a string bean...yes...we had to pull the strings before preparing for green beans.  However, we also used it as a dry bean.  It is early, grows quite compact and is prettiest when the bean seed it is pictured here as a tan/brown bean but when it is freshly shelled out as a dry bean it has a greenish cast.

I hope to grow more of them out this year.  The late Dan McMurray (Grunt) grew it for a few years in Canada, and I have a friend (Emma) who is growing it in Wales.
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Saturday, March 03, 2012

The Grow Northwest magazine for March 2, 2012 has an article about my work with potatoes and tomatoes. Here is a link

I need to remind folks that I am selling true potato seed ......TPS... and tomato seed among other things on the website

Monday, October 17, 2011

This is a snapshot of my HOWIE MANDEL potato variety. It is a cross between Mandel and John Tom Kaighin, both of which have great flavor and the hybrid is no exception either.

I sent true potato seed ...TPS ....out to a number of locations around the world and I am gearing up to list it with my online website for selling

Since I have an idea from customers what appears among the seedlings from this clone....I hope to continue the awe that folks have with TPS.
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This is a new variety from my breeding work. I am calling it Blue Green.

It ripens up with a green flesh with the blue mediated anthocyanin colors that are only skin deep.

Hope to have enough seed of it to introduce this coming catalog season.
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This is but one of my many blue tomato creations. These are fully ripe Zebra type tomatoes that also have the blue pigments showing up in the areas hit by light and the stripes are picking up the pigment anthocyanin.

This and many other tomato varieties will be posted on the website for sales.
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