I’ve been looking for more ways to get those green tomatoes to ripen and here are a few more suggestions:
Pick tomatoes that have just begun to ripen – the more tomatoes on a plant, the more energy that is needed to ripen them, especially if temperatures are cooling off in the autumn.
Damage roots – just a little!
Push a trowel into the soil (just once!) 4 or 5 inches from the main stem. This will break some of the roots and shock the plant into thinking “its time is up” so it will ripen its fruit for seed (I feel a bit cruel when I do this!).
Disturb roots by lifting the ends of grow bags slightly, this will also produce the same affect as above.
Remove all damaged leaves and leaf branches up to the second truss and remove any late side shoots (suckers) that may be growing. Small tomatoes that don’t have a chance of ripening before the end of the season could also help if removed.
Now that this is the last newsletter of the season, I thought it would be a good idea to keep things on simmer by posting small blog posts on http://tomato-daily.blogspot.com
It’s called Tomato Daily because I once had the over-optimistic idea of posting about tomato growing everyday – that was a few years ago!
So if you feel like a little read about tomato growing, you’ll find me each day (trying to think of something to write about) at the link above.
A Good Season
It has been a good season even though my plans for the five Tumbling Toms didn’t quite happen.
It was too difficult giving five plants a different feeding regime and when they all failed to set fruit at the time expected – It was too difficult for me to continue. Perhaps a less ambitious project next season!
It’s a Cracker
One problem that I am going to try to avoid next season is splitting or cracking skins. The two varieties that have been most affected have been Sungold and Black Cherry – just one downpour of rain and a lot of the outdoor tomatoes began to split.
Two similar varieties to these that are supposed to be resistant to cracking are Golden Cherry F1 and Chocolate Cherry. I shall try these two varieties next season for sure.
This has been the first season (for a few years) where blight hasn’t been a problem in my area. It’s been dry for most of the summer with the odd downpour in September.
However, being prepared for blight and a wet season is always a good idea. Blight tolerant toms such as Ferline and Legend are always a good option and there is another blight tolerant variety now available called Losetto F1.
I did mention that I would include a recipe or two for green tomatoes before the end of the season, but I’ll do that on Tomato Daily over the next few days.
Well … the time has come to say goodbye for this season – I expect that most of us are still picking tomatoes with a lot of green one’s yet to ripen!
A big thank you to all those who have followed and supported Tomato Growing throughout the 2011 season and thanks also for the comments which have been both encouraging and helpful.
Best wishes to you all for next season and I’ll be back again with the weekly newsletter in February 2012 – all being well!