Ripen the last of your toma­toes

Garden News (UK) - - What To Do This Week -

As tem­per­a­tures and light lev­els fall, toma­toes take longer to ripen, even­tu­ally re­fus­ing to do so at all. You can en­cour­age the last fruits to turn red, al­low­ing you to re­move them and make way for new plant­ings, or pre­pare the soil for next season. Whole plants or sec­tions of it can be up­rooted and hung, fruit a ached, in the win­dow of a shed or garage un­til the fruit ripens. This at least al­lows you to re­use the soil va­cated by the crop. Be er still, re­move un­ripe fruit from the old plants and put them in a dark drawer. Add some ripe fruit – ba­nanas work well. These give off eth­yl­ene gas, which speeds up the ripen­ing process.

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