It is often an exercise in frustration trying to grow tomatoes in Western Washington. I planted my requisite 6 plants (short season, mix of heirloom and new varieties) and didn't even bother staking them, having failed so many times before. Wouldn't you know this was the year they'd take off?
I set them out quite early and covered them with spun row cover. They really seemed to appreciate it. (Note: the eggplants and peppers didn't die with this treatment, but they certainly didn't thrive the way the tomatoes did.)
So now it is mid-August, and I have sprawling vines with lots of small, green tomatoes on them. This morning I pruned the heck out of them, removing probably half the foliage. I took off anything that was still trying to bloom, then anything that didn't have a tomato on it. I'm trying to encourage ripening.
I figure that if
1) The deer don't eat what I left
2) I didn't manage to spread late blight everywhere with my pruning shears, and
3) First frost holds off until October 1
then I will have a pretty decent harvest.