[Tomato Dirt #184] How to Be Picky About Picking Green Tomatoes
August 29, 2019
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 9, Number 18
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FEATURE: Be Picky About Picking Green Tomatoes at Season End
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Regardless of when your growing season comes to a close, gardeners the world over face this burning question: when should I pick my green tomatoes?
Be picky about how you answer this question.
The natural temptation at the end of the season is to pull your plants. But think before you start yanking. If you have a considerable number of green tomatoes still on the vine and the forecast does not include a heavy frost, resist the temptation. Instead, take steps to move along the ripening process for those fruits.
On the other hand, there are certain conditions in which you
should definitely harvest green tomatoes on the vine.
When to harvest green tomatoes
Weather. A heavy frost is in the forecast. Once tomatoes are exposed to frost, their taste withers and texture is mushy … and you will not want to eat them anyway.
Disease. The plant is dying.
Variety. The plant is determinate – and done producing.
Convenience. There are just a few tomatoes left on the vine and you’re ready to begin fall garden clean up.
By making a good decision about “to pick or not to pick” at the end of the season, you can enjoy fresh tomato taste for weeks … whether or not there’s a heavy frost. Check out these additional tips for ripening tomatoes on the vine. And be sure to check out our Harvesting Tomatoes board on Pinterest.
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