Early Girl tomatoes

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  1. o&itw

    o&itw aka avdpas77 Supporter

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    For the past 25 or so years I have been planting this variety. The first year I got them it was just to get a few tomatoes earlier, but since then I have never failed to plant some. I usually plant 5 or 5 varieties every year, because the weather here is so variable that one never knows what to expect. Most of the other tomatoes will produce great or terrible depending on how the summer goes. This year we had a rainy cool spring and several of the varieties did rather poorly. One of the heirloom varieties, and the Better Boys did real well (better boys do well here about 1 out of 3 years)

    No matter how the other varieties do... every year the early girls do fine...they are always crisp and never mushy, they seem to be more resistent to disease, and in the Fall, the are the only ones still producing tomatoes after the others have faded. If it wasn't for their small size, I probably not grow any other variety.

    What's your experience?
     
  2. mommagoose_99

    mommagoose_99 Well-Known Member

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    This year I tried the regular early girls and the bush early girls. The Bush Early Girls were outstanding. They not only resisted the Late Blight but the fruit was much larger and tasted a whole lot better than the regular early girls. Not a green shoulder or crack anywhere even with all the rain in July ( 6 inches one week). I am going to plant a lot more of them next year. I got my seeds from Tomato Growers Supply. Plant them they are about 3 ounces bigger than the indeterminant Early Girl.
    Linda
     

  3. Fourthistles

    Fourthistles Well-Known Member

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    Early Girls are all I ever plant (33 years gardening). I live in northern Wyoming with a 15 minute growing season so I need the quickest maturing varieties I can find. I've always had success with Earlyl Girls.
     
  4. Island of Blueb

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    High 5! They always do well for me.
     
  5. stef

    stef Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I planted Early Girls this year for the first time and they were a dismal failure!
    I'll never use them again.

    No doubt the bad weather here had a lot to do with it, but I did not like the small size or the flavor of the few that ripened.


    stef
     
  6. DW

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    These were my favorite (b/c of short summer) until this yr...I tried "4th of July" I think f/Burpee and they were even better!!!!
     
  7. wyld thang

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    Early girls do great for me, very reliable in my usually cold and damp, so I always plant them, as well as try new varieties and try my luck with the beefsteak types(this year was awesome!). ALso the cherry tomato(sweet 100) are always reliabel for me too. I genreally have to plant tomatos that are smaller and have a short growing season.

    Whenever you try a new tomato you really need to try it for a few years, it may be the one year you try it conditions are terrible and it would be a shame to discard a variety that would do well on average because you happened to try it in a bad tomato year and it tanked(along with everything else). The only ones that have averaged out bad for me so far are Saucy--they put out great, lots of good looking tomatos, but no flavor, like little sponges.
     
  8. kbshorts

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    Early Girl is one of my favorites and has yet to disappoint. Mine will produce until frost and the vines must be 10' tall.

    Keith
     
  9. bowdonkey

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    I just got our first tomato of the season yesterday. It was an Early Girl!
     
  10. mommagoose_99

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    Honest, all of you Early Girl fans give the Bush Early Girl a try next year. My plants were loaded and the fruit is a lot larger than the regular Early Girls.Some of the fruit was Beef Stake size. The fruit tasts a bit richer too I staked them but they did not need it until late in the season. I am planting more of them next year.
    Linda
     
  11. frankva

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    I have nothing but positive to say about Early Girl.

    The Bush Early Girl I tried for the first time this year had a nice growth habit until they poxed. I will try them again next year.

    I also tried the Fourth of July Hybrid. Fought off the pox longer than any other. Small prolific fruit. Fine taste. Perfect salad size. I would love to tell you not to try these, so I don't have any issue getting seed, but that would be mean. A fine plant. They also are just the right size to pop in your mouth, if you have a maw, you know when you are picking.
     
  12. MaggieJ

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    Early Girl is an excellent, reliable tomato and we usually plant some, but this year our absolute favourite was Black Brandywine. We also get great results with the red and yellow pear tomatoes which I love for salads, stews and stir-fries. I do tend to favour the heirloom varieties -- so much variety and richness of flavour!
     
  13. NickieL

    NickieL Accidental Farmer

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    early girls are awesome. I always recomend them to my coworkers and neighbors. They never fail at all.

    I didn't like the forth of july tomato. It's the only tomato I've ever grown...EVER... to suffer blossom end rot. And it's not any earlier then Green Zebra which tends to always be my earliest.
     
  14. manygoatsnmore

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    I like Early Girl, but 4th of July is a really good, flavorful tomato - I am blessed with them each year by my bff's dad, who grows tons of tomato plants each spring and gives me as many as I can plant (and often more). This year we had a late (really late) frost so all my tomatoes were late, but the first ones to bear ripe fruit were the 4th of July, not Early Girl. We've had a great tomato year, if late, and I just put up a greenhouse over them to extend the season long enough to get them ripe.

    Nickie, I've never had 4th of July get blossom end rot...give them another try - the taste is worth it and they are prolific. :)