Whenever gardeners and farmers talk about their first experience growing tomatoes, you’re bound to hear a mention of the Early Girl tomatoes. Probably the most popular of all tomato varieties, they are a common starting point for those who want to try their hand at growing tomatoes for the first time.
Early Girl Tomatoes Care
- Lots of Harvest All Year Round – If you want to have tomatoes in your kitchen all throughout the year (and I’m sure you do), the these are a perfect choice for you. This particular type of tomato will yield its first harvest early after the plant matures, but because this type of plant is indeterminate, you can expect to have more of those throughout the summer. If conditions are optimal and the growing season in your location is lengthy, you can harvest as many as 300 from a single plant.
- Growing Requirements – they love sunlight, so it’s ideal to place your plants in a location where it can get full sunlight for up to 8 hours in a day. They don’t typically grow too big or wide so spacing them 18 to 36 inches apart would be enough to give them the room to grow. While they don’t require too much water, it’s ideal to ensure that the soil is constantly moist all throughout the growing season. Avoid watering the plant itself and focus solely on the base of the plant and the soil when watering. If you want to make sure that your soil remains moist, a drip would be a smart solution to distribute water evenly through the day.
- What to Watch Out For – they are prone to pest infestations and bugs, particularly hornworms, slugs, and rodents. Keep an eye out for any of these parasites and eliminate any at first sight. If in case a plant does give in to infestation, uproot it immediately and separate it from the healthy plants. It would also be wise to perform a pest check on the other plants to find out whether or not they’ve developed an infestation as well. Another thing you need to watch out for is temperature drops. They don’t respond too well to cold climates and could die out when temperatures fall beyond 50 degrees F.