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Expat Badger

will my tomatoes ripen?

we have lots of fat green roma tomatoes on our plants - but now it's september and a bit chilly i'm wondering if they will ripen?

It's actually rumoured to snow later this week...wondering if we should pick them and try and ripen them indoors somehow?

do they need warmth or is it just time on the vine?

Help!

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Gerry

ripening toms indoors

Tony says somewhere warm and dark, eg airing cupboard. News to me that he knows anything about gardening.

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Expat Badger

ripening toms

dark eh? Ok. Can do cool and dark really easily (basement) but warm and dark i'll have to think about...

no such thing as airing cupboards here. Furnace is in the basement and it's CHILLY down there!

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Expat Badger

ripening toms

I've got it = spare room closet

thanks Gerry and Tony

i'll keep an eye on the weather but i think they need to come indoors soon

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Kayb

Tomatoes

Hi ExPat, pop your toms in a brown paper bag, or loosely wrapped in newspaper with a ripe banana - the gas from the banana is suposed to help ripen the toms. By the way did Earl affect you at all? Nova Scotia got hit quite heavily.
Karen

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Expat Badger

tomatoes

i had heard that somewhere - will have to give it a try. I;ve had one nestled next to the nanas in the fruit bowl after it fell off but not ripened yet. Will track down a paper back and experiment

No we are Western Canada and 1000 km from the coast, so we don't get hurricanes, thank god!

Sometimes small tornadoes touch down outside the city in summer tho - that's kinda scary.

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Welshcookie

tomatoes

They do ripen best on the vine, so leave them until the last possible moment. So long as it doesn't freeze in the basement you can hang the whole plant up in there. Put them in a drawer with a banana, but the flavour won't be the best.

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Nausea Bagwash

Toms

"we have lots of fat green roma tomatoes on our plants - but now it's september and a bit chilly i'm wondering if they will ripen?

It's actually rumoured to snow later this week...wondering if we should pick them and try and ripen them indoors somehow?

do they need warmth or is it just time on the vine?

Help!"

It's unlikly that they'll ripen on the vine now but you can put them in a paper bag in a draw for a few days. Alternatively make them into green tomato chutney.

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Expat Badger

toms

it's so annoying - been watching them grow all summer and now we're too cold for them to ripen....grrr

should be a LOT warmer than this at the moment. Odd weather.

thanks all

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sam from worthing

ripening tom's

if you have a dry garage or shed, you can lop the tom plants off right near the base of the stem, and hang them upside down ( think of a washing line) there is enough water and nutrients in the stems and branches to continue to feed the fruits and aid ripening process and believe me they will ripen through the late autumn early winter.

or like me, i picked all the useable sized tom's i had left to ripen, and had them on every window cill (sunniest) i had.

from 10 plants i yielded over 56 kgs this year.

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Chazza

will my tomatoes ripen?

I never heard of cold ripening for toms so will try this with my vast amount of green swinelets.

We put them on every available windowcill but really thre's nothing like sunlight to make them sweet and flavoursome. The banana trick works, bananas and tomatoes both release ethene gas which makes they and their neighbours ripen.

Re: "should be a LOT warmer than this at the moment."

The cold weather is due to global warming, which we need so that there can be a new tax on air, cognate to the charges we pay for water in the UK. So that's OK then.

Our planet has become colder every year for the last 10 years and the North Polar ice cap has increased it's minimum size each year since 2007. Don't trust me, look it up.






































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Expat Badger

will my tomatoes ripen?

fortunately we are back to lovely warm temps - and the tomatoes are slowly ripening in the Pantry...so far so good!

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moo

toms an beetroot

ive got little small green tomato s growin on my plants too , think its been to cold an now ive give up with them cos there even to small to ripen , does anyone know how long it takes the bulbs of beetroot to swell the tops have died on mine an there is nt any bulbs xxx

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Expat Badger

beets

hmm - doesn't sound good moo

the tops of my beets were big and strong when the bulbs were ready - i think they may have kicked the bucket

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sam from worthing

beetroots

I agree with expat, doesn;t sound too good.

beetroots doesn;t matter what size they are, you should be able to see them crown from the soil, and go quite wrinkly around the greenery foliage (which is a great alternative to spinage) it sound like you either had a bad batch of seeds or your soil needs some attention.....no matter at this time of the year as leave mulch does wonders for your soil, when the leaves of your trees fall, rake them up and scoop on to your veg plot - doesn;t have to go into a composter...leave for a few weeks, then simply hoe into your soil, don;t have to be too precise, as next spring you will dig the area over again. and if you do have a composter, add a bot of your bottom stuff to the soil now and before november is out, leave for a few days, hoe it around and leave to fallow over winter, and spring time re hoe, and cover the soil to warm up for new seedlings.

if oyu soil is very bad....grow any variety of potaoes.... tatiies have a great naturel way of re nutirnizing (just invented a new word) your soil for next year, also spuds are great for breaking up yuckky ground.

 
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