Growing Tomatoes - Ripening & Preservation Tips
You might notice a few unripe tomatoes left as days grow shorter and colder and the ripening process slows down considerably. Before the first frost arrives try a few of the following to speed up tomato ripening.
1) Cover your tomato plants with a polythene ripening cover with air vents. This will retain the heat & moisture needed to encourage faster crop ripening.
Making your own sun-dried tomatoes is a great way to preserve your huge harvest of tomatoes from your Quadgrow & Vivigrow Planters (or shop bought tomatoes). Here’s a quick cheat method for drying your tomatoes. Our Gardening Angels are a little short of Mediterranean sunshine in Lancashire!
1) Cut your tomatoes in half and remove the seeds. 1kg of ripe tomatoes (Plum or Roma are ideal, but any variety will work perfectly) will make 200g of dried tomatoes.
Love Your Green Tomatoes
If you can’t wait then show your green tomatoes some love and make your own delicious green tomato chutney.
1) Soften 450g of finely chopped onions in a pan with enough vinegar to cover them (550ml needed for full recipe). You may need to top up the vinegar to prevent the onions from burning.
Epic Tomatoes Book
If you’ve had a tomato-tastic time growing your own tomatoes this season then you’ll love ‘Epic Tomatoes’ by Tomato expert Craig LeHoullier.
Jam packed full of handy hints, tips and stunning illustrations on everything you need to know on growing and harvesting 200 varieties of tomatoes.
Need further help?
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