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[Tomato Dirt #289] Take these steps now to extend your tomato harvest
August 10, 2023
Tomato Dirt Newsletter
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Reduce watering. If fruit has reached full or nearly full size, cut back on watering to encourage ripening.
Pick excess fruit. Ripening fruit takes a good deal of energy from leaves. A large crop can slow the process, especially if temperatures are cooling off in the fall. When you have a heavy crop still on the vine with just a few weeks before the first expected frost, pick a few of the just-ripening tomatoes (mature green, turning, or pink) to allow the rest to ripen on the vine.
Shift roots. Pull slightly at the bottom of the plant to shift the roots. The surprise sends the tomato the signal that it’s time to finish up with the fruit on the vine and go to seed...
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