LYCOPERSICON esculentum ‘Early Girl’

Tomato, Bush –

0054 “This is medium-sized red tomato produces fruit earlier than most. Its flavorful round tomaotes are great for slicing and salads.

The tomato is a warm season vegetable grown for its delicious fruits. It is a short-lived tender perennial vine that is grown as an annual. Its compound leaves are medium green, hairy, have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. Edible fruits appear when days and nights are warm and can usually be harvested within 60 to 62 days after germination. This is an indeterminate, or vining, variety and will grow best if staked, trellised or caged.

‘Early Girl’ thrives in full sun and prefers fertile loam with good drainage. All tomatoes need consistent fertilization and watering. They are among the easiest to grow and most prolific of edible garden plants. Indeterminate varieties like ‘Early Girl’ require training or trellising, but will produce more fruit over a longer period of time.”

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Tomato, Bush
Early Girl
Annual
11-15

Yellow
Green, Dark Green



Yes



1-9′
2-4′

Site Selection
Select a site with full sun and well-drained soil. In very hot climates, light afternoon shade may help prevent blossom drop. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.

Planting Instructions
If you don’t purchase plants, start seeds indoors in flats or pots 6 to 7 weeks before the average last frost date, and set out transplants when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is past. Set up trellises, cages, or stakes at planting time. Dig planting holes 18 to 24 inches apart if you plan to stake or trellis the crops, 36 to 48 inches apart if the plants aren’t trained. Pinch off two or three of the lower branches on the transplant and set the root ball of the plant well into the hole until the remaining lowest leaves are just above the soil surface. The plant will form additional roots along the buried stem. Water generously and keep the plants well watered for a few days.

Care
Provide an even supply of water all season. If staking or trellising, prune suckers to allow one or two central stems to grow on staked plants, two or three central stems for trellis systems. Apply a thick layer of organic mulch 4 or 5 weeks after transplanting. Contact your local County Extension office for controls of common tomato insect pests such as tomato hornworms and whiteflies.

Harvesting Tips
Pick fruits when they are firm, full size, and fully colored. Tomatoes will ripen when harvested at their green mature stage, but flavor will not be as good. Harvest all except the greenest fruits before a killing frost, and take them indoors at 60° to 65°F to ripen. You can also harvest green tomatoes for pickling and frying.

Companion Plants
Asparagus, carrot, celery, cucumber, onion, parsley, pepper. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes, improves growth and flavor. Bee balm, chives and mint improve health and flavor. Borage deters tomato worm, improves growth and flavor. Dill, until mature, improves growth and health. Once mature, it stunts tomato growth. Marigold deters nematodes. Pot marigold deters tomato worm and general garden pests.

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