Best early determinate tomato

cowpie51December 15, 2011

Being that our land is predominantly clay I am considering growing some early tomatoes next spring. As the price of compost has risen around this area we are going to try to just cater to each individual plant instead of spreading a broad layer of compost.

The thought of digging a 3 foot diameter spot and adding compost and other natural fertilizers for each plant makes me think I could grow about 75-100 early tomato plants to get the jump on the great early tomato prices.

What do you feel is the best tasting early variety. Mark

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
randy41_1

oregon spring has done well for me and sells well when there's not much competition.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 12:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cowpie51

Randy, I grew them a couple of years ago and they were not bad.
They were not as early as the seed package stated but they were decent sized with good flavor. That was the year I had some Anthracnose problems and I do not know If it was bad seed or not. I grew early girl 2 last year as a early tomato and they were not ready till darn near August and I planted around May 20. But we had some cool, damp weather also.
I was looking in my seed catalogs and the tomato Legend seems to fit the bill also.( Another Dr. Jim Bagget tomato). Anybody tried this? Appears to have some late blight tolerance also.
Mark

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 1:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wackybella

before I had a hoophouse I grew sunstart tomato. A very early beefsteak. You will get 2 big flushes of toms about 2 weeks before all the other toms ripen and then the plants are done. I think the seed is still available from rupp. don't think I've seen it anywhere else. (rupp charges $10 for all orders under $150. so take that into the price of the seed) Tried oregon spring in hoophouse once. NEVER again. it is NOT an upright growing plant. It stayed about knee high, and as a result lots of leaf and fruit molds. In the hoop house I grow valley girl starts a week earlier that the mountain fresh types. Hope this helps.

Also I'd consider adding some fish and kelp at translplanting to ease the plants out of transplant shock and get them upright and growing.
In addition; you should lay your black plastic down 2-3 weeks before you plan to transplant. This will add heat to the soil and is the main benifit of laying black plastic.
Lastly, be sure to grow healthy transplants. Tomato transplants should be dark green, not yellowish pale green . Add the compost to your potting soil every 2-3 weeks. warm wishes Kristi

    Bookmark   January 2, 2012 at 8:32PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
I had my best germination/seedling growth ever this year....
Well, instead of buying my plug mix this year, I made...
theripetomatofarm
Advice for Farm Stand Newbies
Hello! Cant tell you how much I have enjoyed reading...
Marquisa
Farm Fan App
I ran across this today, any thoughts? http://about.farmfanapp.com/ Looks...
jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)
Organic pesticide for large market garden
We will be planting on about 3 acres this year - tomatoes,...
seedsoffaithfarm
When to plant hoophouse tomatoes
I had decided that the time to plant out the hoophouse...
kelise_m
Sponsored Products
Chooty and Co. Tree Lined Suede Mitten Stocking Red - TTM19810320
$58.99 | Hayneedle
Mini Star Chrome Mini Pendant with Royal Cut Topaz Brown Crystal and Round Canop
$150.00 | Bellacor
Tuffy Starfish Dog Toy
$16.50 | FRONTGATE
Surya Savanah SVN-3901 Area Rug - White - SVN3901-23
$128.00 | Hayneedle
Artificial Gladiola Stems (Set of 12)
Overstock.com
Mini Square Chrome Mini Pendant with Swarovski Strass Topaz Brown and Clear Crys
$370.00 | Bellacor
Live 'Garden Party' Hydrangea - Set of Two
$24.99 | zulily
Mini Round Chrome Six-Light Bath Fixture with Royal Cut Golden Teak Smoky and Cl
$900.00 | Bellacor
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™