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Old 10-04-2009, 09:25 AM
 
Location: San Diego North County
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Well, I tried my hand at Better Boy tomatoes this year here at 7200 feet. Last night temps dipped down to 26. I tucked my tomatoes in with blankets, but the plants themselves froze. I still had a ton of unripened tomatoes on the vine--so I rescued an entire Whole Foods brown paper grocery bag overflowing with tomatoes this morning and I'm looking for ways to ripen them. I don't have enough counter space in my entire house to set these tomatoes out on. I've heard that I should wrap them in newspaper and put them in a closet...I should put them them in a paper bag with a ripe apple...I should put them out on the counter....and I don't know which way to go. Each person with suggestions has declared that theirs is the only method that will work.....

Help!
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well, I tried my hand at Better Boy tomatoes this year here at 7200 feet. Last night temps dipped down to 26. I tucked my tomatoes in with blankets, but the plants themselves froze. I still had a ton of unripened tomatoes on the vine--so I rescued an entire Whole Foods brown paper grocery bag overflowing with tomatoes this morning and I'm looking for ways to ripen them. I don't have enough counter space in my entire house to set these tomatoes out on. I've heard that I should wrap them in newspaper and put them in a closet...I should put them them in a paper bag with a ripe apple...I should put them out on the counter....and I don't know which way to go. Each person with suggestions has declared that theirs is the only method that will work.....

Help!
I have always found wrapping them individually or even 2 together in newspaper and putting them in a box will work. We did this every year in NM> I just picked some of my small pear ones about a week ago, did the same and they are starting to rippen now. I checked some this am. I will probably pick my regular ones in about a week. I guess putting them in the closet wrapped in newspaper might also work. After they rippen you can can them, make tomato sause, pacante sause or give them to friends.

Good luck,

Nita
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We have tomatoes, radishes and carrots.

We are preparing the ground right now for beets, spinach, cabbage and broccli. I am picking up an aged load of donkey manure. It should really give a kick to the veggies!
love it:::

Nita
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Weeds. lol
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:24 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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Zone 9. We're starting the second crop. Our corn is about 2-feet tall and we have sprouts of cucumber, sugar snap peas, pole beans, tomatoes, strawberrys, cantaloupe onions, and watermelon. It's dry and hot still, so we're having to hand water.

I visited my parents in East Tennessee recently. The tomatoes were delicious; I ate too many. The ones we grow here in Tampa just don't taste the same.

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Old 10-04-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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I still have tomatoes - grape and the bigger ones- and pumpkins.

As for flowers I still have my zinnia still growing......hmmmm
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Just put in some peppers, tomatoes, herbs, lettuce, spinach, and pole beans...we'll see what happens now that the weather has cooled a bit
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm outside of Philadelphia, and I've still got roma tomatoes and bell peppers producing nicely.

The tomato plants have been harmed by fungus, so as soon as the fruit gets a little heavy it drops from the vine, but a day or two in the windowsill and they're good to go.

The bell peppers are still at mid-summer production! They just won't quit.
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: somewhere close to Tampa, but closer to the beach
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Here in wacky-weather-lately south San Jose, the tomatoes and hot peppers are all that remain, and continue to fruit in the garden..

My super sized tomato plant left to grow where ever it desired, has nearly swallowed most of the concrete walkway along the side of my mother's house.

Im giving them about another 3 or so weeks before they should be ready to pull out.. Then again, if the weather continues on it's weird streak, they might keep on growing through Thanksgiving...

Im just waiting for the Persimmons to start ripining...That is if the Squirrels don't steal them first..
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:51 PM
 
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Here in wacky-weather-lately south San Jose, the tomatoes and hot peppers are all that remain, and continue to fruit in the garden..

My super sized tomato plant left to grow where ever it desired, has nearly swallowed most of the concrete walkway along the side of my mother's house.

Im giving them about another 3 or so weeks before they should be ready to pull out.. Then again, if the weather continues on it's weird streak, they might keep on growing through Thanksgiving...

Im just waiting for the Persimmons to start ripining...That is if the Squirrels don't steal them first..
I know those darn squirrels got most of my figs this year. THey are almost a bad as the crows!
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