Tomatoes were once thought to be poisonous, but are now the most popular garden vegetable in the United States, according to the University of Illinois Extension. Hundreds of different tomatoes varieties exist. With the myriad of varieties available, gardeners should have no problem choosing a few to grow for their needs.
Early girl tomatoes are some of the earliest tomatoes, producing a crop of 4- to 6--oz. fruit in as little as 52 days. When planted as seedlings, they provide fruit sooner than with most other types of tomatoes. After all danger of frost is gone, seedlings can be planted in composted soil. Tomatoes grow best placed 24 to 36 inches apart to allow room for the foliage to spread. Wire cages put up before the foliage gets too expansive help contain the plants. Tomatoes are ready to pick when they are red and rigid to the touch. Early Girl tomatoes grow well when planted in a traditional garden, and they are popular container plants as well.
Supersteak tomatoes are an old-fashioned variety that grows well in many climates. The fruit of this tomato plant reaches maturity 80 days after planting. Supersteak fruit typically weighs about 1 lb. This type of tomato does best planted in moist, well-drained soil in an area where it can receive full sun. As with most tomatoes, wire cages may be in order to prevent the foliage from drooping from the weight of the fruit. Supersteak tomatoes are ready to harvest when they are firm and red. Ripe supersteaks can have greenish colored shoulders and still be ready to pick.
Better Boy tomatoes are vigorous producers of quality, orb-shaped fruit, according to the University of Missouri Extension. The tomatoes can weigh up to 1 lb. and are ready to pick about 75 days after planting. Better Boy seedlings grow well in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Fruit is mature enough to pick when the tomatoes are firm and red. Better Boy tomatoes are true performers that "should be at the top of every gardener's list," as noted by the North Carolina State University Extension.