With a name like ‘Early Girl,’ this tomato is destined for popularity. Who doesn’t want round, red, deeply-flavored garden tomatoes early in the season? If you are thinking of growing an Early Girl tomato crop, you’ll want the skinny on exactly how easy these popular veggies are to grow. Read on for Early Girl tomato facts and tips on how to grow Early Girl tomatoes.
Early Girl Tomato Facts
Early Girl tomatoes have it all: a classic round shape about tennis-ball size, speedy growth and compatibility with low-watering methods. Moreover, Early Girl tomato care is easy, and you can grow them almost anywhere, including containers. If you were putting together a book for children identifying fruit and veggies, you might well use a photo of an Early Girl to represent tomatoes. Early Girl tomato facts describe the fruit as round and red – the classic tomato. But this is not the feature that shot it to the top of the popularity charts. It happened after University of California researchers determined that this tomato is especially suited to “dryland farming,” a growing method using less water but producing a higher flavor concentration.
How to Grow Early Girl Tomatoes
Growing an Early Girl tomato crop is easy as long as you plant the crop in organically rich soil. If your soil is poor, cultivate it, mixing in organic compost generously. Ideally, the soil should be slightly acidic. With excellent soil, you’ll get fast tomato growth as well as high productivity and easy Early Girl tomato care. You can start growing an Early Girl tomato plant in large containers, in raised beds or right in the soil. So exactly how to grow Early Girl tomatoes? Plant the seeds in full sun or, if you are planting seedlings, plant them deep, covering more than half of the stems. The tomatoes will be ready to harvest in about 50 days.
Early Girl Tomato Care
Early Girl tomato care is easy. You need to keep the soil moist, watering on the ground, not in the air, to prevent rot. Vines grow to 6 feet (1.8 m.) tall. You’ll need sturdy supports, either tomato stakes or cages, to hold them because each can produce heavy yields. You won’t have to do much to combat pests. According to Early Girl facts, these plants are resistant to most common tomato diseases and pests. Moreover, if you plant in spring, they are grown and harvested before the significant pests arrive.
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.
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