So much red in September

At last, the wadding has found a new home (cf. Waiting for a Freegler, which I posted last week), so that has been one achievement for the day. The other is actually more an achievement for the month.


Normally, whether the crop is small or large, it is usually green in September. It’s usually green in October as well.

On the plus side, that does mean I have tomatoes up until Christmas but, to be honest, they don’t taste that great by mid-winter. On the other hand, fresh out of the garden like the ones above, they are the reason we grow our own!

The plants have all but toppled to the ground. Because of wood in the hugel beds or just rock solid soil, it has been hard to push the stakes into the ground, so it may not be long before it is green tomatoes I am harvesting. Still, I have found that if the tomato is half-ripe, indoors it is fully ripe within a day. And it still tastes good at the moment.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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13 Responses to So much red in September

  1. I set the green tomatoes in bowl on the window sill too. They ripen. A friend told me to put them in a paper bag to make them turn green.
    If the tomatoes do not taste as good later in the season they might need more fertilizer. Tomatoes are glutens when it comes to fertilizers and water.
    Honey

  2. I like to leave them in the ground as long as possible but have been bringing in the half-ripe ones in the last few days and they do seem to ripen quite quickly. Will have to give in with the rest soon and get going on the green tomato recipes but I always live in hope of a last minute blast of sunshine to ripen them all.

  3. Your harvest is amazing, Helen. Ours came very late this year, and as the evening temps drop, they’ll begin to slow production. There is nothing like a juicy, warm tomato from the garden. Enjoy!

  4. You can’t beat homegrown .. I’m have just sown some Cherokee toms today, I’m way late this year but the weather is lousy and I have decided to plant later πŸ™‚

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