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#45611 September 28th, 2006 at 06:33 AM
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Today, I was forced to pick most of my green tomatos because we have a frost warning again.
Can anyone tell me if a slow ripening process in a cool place indoors
is better than putting them in a warm place to retain the most taste or does it not make any difference? I still left a few on the vine, just incase they don't freeze.

#45612 September 28th, 2006 at 06:41 AM
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Hi daisy, I didn't hear about the frost warning, but my mom picked all of hers an we just leave them out on the kitchen counter. just outta curosity, whihc part of canada are you form, I'm in Ontario

#45613 September 28th, 2006 at 06:54 AM
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There's some info in the ARCHIVES about green tomatoes and ripening them, if I remember correctly...

I personally like to take a good amount of the plant, with all the tomatoes still attached and then hang in my back room..
But I make sure I leave them on the stem/plant cause they seem to ripen, IMHO, better that way..

See if others come thru and give you some more pointers...

#45614 September 28th, 2006 at 08:20 AM
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kennyso, I'm in good ole Winnipeg Manitoba..which part of Ontario are you from?

Weezie, OH No! too late, I picked them without the branches...poor little things are probably in shock...hee hee...

#45615 September 29th, 2006 at 06:26 AM
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Hello DaisyM

Try rolling the tomatoes in groups of 5 or so in newspaper. Place them in a moderately warm spot in the house and check them weekly. They exude a gas which will help ripen them. I am doing the same and it's working.

#45616 September 29th, 2006 at 06:50 AM
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I read befoer that you can put unripe fruit inside a paper bag with an apple or banana cuz they release a gas call ethenol or something that starts with an e

Daisy, I'm in Markham ON, bout less than an hour away from downtown

#45617 September 29th, 2006 at 07:04 AM
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Hi Daisy...another one from Ontario here...and i had to take mine out too, i swaer we had frost about a week ago and after that they looked terrible!

#45618 September 29th, 2006 at 07:48 AM
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Penny, we had a couple of frosts already, but it just blackened the very tips of the tomato plants.
Here we can't plant anything until mid or end of May, a few short months of warm temps and then bam! it's fall time and with it comes worrying about frosts...if only we had 2 months added on to our short growing season then we could be gauranteed a lot of vine ripened tomatos... We were supposed to have -3 for the night, we ended with -1. The few little ones I left behind don't look frozen, but I doubt if they will grow any before the big one hits...oh well, I'm thankful that I ended up with something from my garden...

#45619 September 29th, 2006 at 09:37 AM
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DaisyM,
To get a small jump on your growing season next year....
Save your Juice containers... *like Juicy Juice* and cut off the very bottom.. and try plants by seeds.. cover the seeds up with those mini~green house containers.. and take some gallon milk jugs and fill them with water, and put at least 4 around the juice jug...
You'll end up getting a seedling that will sprout when it's time... and be very protected by the juice jug greenhouse and a little bit of warmth protection with the water jugs...

It can give you the jump on the season...
*and those tomato seeds won't sprout until it's time.. they're pretty hardy fellows...

Worth a try..
I love a good experiment....

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#45620 September 29th, 2006 at 11:03 AM
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Thanks Weezie...a different version worth trying...

#45621 September 29th, 2006 at 12:20 PM
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Daisy, do you plant the short-season varieties that are in the catalogs?
If so, how do they rate?


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