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Posted on 08 February 2013 by tomatocasual.com

4 Ways of Extending the Delights from the Tomato Garden

Photo Credit: Large tomatoes by Christopher Porter used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The end of the tomato season is always a sad one for me.

No more fresh tomatoes.

No more fresh tomato juice or salsa and definitely no more bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.

While I could buy tomatoes nothing taste as good as a fresh, homegrown tomato. But what do I do with all the green tomatoes that are still on the vine? Below are a few suggestions that you may want to follow so that you do not waste these delightful “Love Apples.”

1. Ripen on the plant. A few days prior to using this technique, cut back on watering. This will cause the fruit to speed up ripening. After a few days have passed, pull up the plants and shake off as much of the soil as you can. Turn upside down and tie the root end with string so that the plant can be hung in a cool location. While the plant and fruit is hanging, make sure that the plant does not receive direct sunlight. Check the fruit often and remove any spent or rotten fruit. Keeping these fruits on the plant will slow down the ripening process and in some situations cause more fruit to rot.

2. Ripen in a box. Green tomatoes can be wrapped in Read the rest of this entry »

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