Early July starts tomato ripening time. We've all heard of 'vine ripe' flavor but does a tomato have to remain on the vine until it is completely ripe? The answer is no. When a tomato
reaches a full size and the fruit becomes a pale green, it begins the ripening process. After the tomato reaches a stage when it's about ½ green and ½ pink, a layer of cells forms across the stem of the tomato- sealing it from the main vine. At this point there is nothing moving from the plant into the fruit. At this stage the tomato can be harvested and ripened off the vine with no loss of flavor, quality or nutrition.
Red pigments in tomatoes don't form above 95°F so tomatoes ripened in extreme heat will have a orange-red color. Tomatoes held indoors at cooler temperatures will ripen slower. You can speed up or slow down the ripening process by raising the temperature (to an optimum of 85°F) or lowering the temperature (to a minimum of 50°F). Tomatoes develop their optimum flavor, nutrition, and color when the tomato is in the full red ripe stage but this doesn't have to occur on the plant!
Commented on Jul 15, 2012
As far as keeping tomatoes into the winter, I've had good luck using a cardboard box with
straw, layering the tomatoes and straw so that the tomatoes don't touch. Keep the box in the coolest part of the house= garage or basement if you have one. Also we had good success by pulling up the entire plant at the end of the season and hanging it from the rafters in the barn. Cool and dark and good air circulation seem to be the important factors for storing tomatoes for up to several months.
Anyone have any idea what this plat is. The flowers are initially small, white, and profuse. As they get pollinated they turn yellow/orange. The fruit resembles a small green foot ball
and has the flavor of an orange and a lemon combined. Yes they are apparently edible as I ate many this year and some last year as well. I have never seen these before but there are several in the woods around my house and I saw one up in Rome Georgia last year, but it didn't have any flowers or fruit on it. The birds just decimate this fruit when it is ripe. I got some pictures of it when it was winding down its flowering and hopefully someone can clue me in.
Thanks for any input.
Commented on Jun 17, 2012
Contact your local extension agent office, native plant society or closest botanical garden.
Even a really good nursery might have someone knowledgeable to help you.
I remodeled my 1970's kitchen myself. I refaced the cabinets with wainscoting and picture frame molding. I did my own tile work on the countertops and backslpash. I also made my own roman shade above the sink.
Commented on Jun 17, 2012
This is amazing. Your size and layout seem very similar to mine and this gives me some great
ideas on what I can do to bring my kitchen up from 1965. Great job!