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11/24/12 4:27 P

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I am up in Canada, and not much is still growing. We pulled our tomatoes back mid-October. However, I brought one whole cherry tomato plant in the house, and it is not doing all the great, but I am still picking tomatoes from it. The tomatoes now don't taste as good as the ones I picked a couple of weeks ago, but a couple of weeks ago they were fantastic. Better than the tomatoes we brought in without a plant.

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11/24/12 12:45 A

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Mine are still growing, but looking ugly. Hubby will probably pull them soon. I don't as long as they still form blossoms, but it takes longer with shorter day lengths.

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9/25/12 11:05 A

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We spread ours out on newspaper too--stem side down.

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We don't wrap them. Just lie them on the newspapers.

It would take a lot of egg cartons to hold all our tomatoes, but I could try putting some in egg cartons and compare the results.

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I try to stretch them as long as possible so it's a hard frost for me! I read the other day that if you think a hard frost is coming pick the green ones and wrap them in newspaper or put them in egg cartons and they ripen well. Anyone tried this?

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9/24/12 2:32 P

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We have had 2 frosty nights in our area and I covered the tomatoes (and basil) with blankets to protect them. The texture of the tomatoes is a little more mealy - but the flavor is still good. I like them so well I just HAVE to hang on til a hard freeze!

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9/22/12 7:25 P

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we wait until a frost in predicted, then bring all the green tomatoes inside and wait to see if they will redden. Some do.

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I just pull them up when they stop maturing also.

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9/20/12 7:39 P

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I wait until low 40's to pull mine. But then again I've too much shade to get that many, anyways. BUT I love garden tomatoes!!!


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I don't use a thermometer either, but when the plants look like they're done, I pull them up. We don't eat a lot of fried green tomatoes, but I've made green tomato relish that's pretty good.

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9/20/12 1:44 P

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I usually wait until the first forcasted hard frost. Then pull them since they would die from it. Then eat lots of fried green tomatoes.

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For me is whenever I see that my tomatoes stop maturing; I pluck all the green tomatoes, cook them etc. This year, it happened almost overnight since temps plummeted out of nowhere. I never rely on the thermometer.

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I'm just wondering when everyone pulls their tomato plants for the year. My Mom usually says that when the temps drop below 50 degrees, the tomatoes change flavor, so if the nights are to get below 50 she pulls the remaining tomatoes. For me, I've always waited until the temps are to get in the lower 30s. We had one night in the upper 40s, but it is usually in the 50s now, with daytime temps in the 60s and lower 70s. Part of me wants to put the garden to bed for the season, but part also wants it to go as long as possible. Forecast is upper 30s at night when a cold front comes in 2 days from now.
What do you do?

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