Gar­den­ing Notes

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As soon as a par­tic­u­lar sea­sonal com­ment is made in my hor­ti­cul­tural world there is a stream of ad­di­tional ques­tions to be an­swered.

On this oc­ca­sion, round the ta­ble with a few chums, the point at is­sue was what’s to be done with all the green, un­ripe toma­toes still hang­ing on the plants!

I set about this very task last week, re­mov­ing the green fruits be­fore dump­ing the plants. They were taken off and placed on seed trays which I left sit­ting on the green­house shelf. Each tray was cov­ered with a plas­tic dome but al­low­ing a small amount of ven­ti­la­tion.

“Aye, but when they are picked too early and ripened like ‘at’ they dinna taste the same – jist like the pro­duce fae the Mediter­ranean. It’s picked ower early, stuck in spe­cial tem­per­a­ture con­trolled vans for trans­port thoosans o’ miles!”

That was fol­lowed by rem­i­nis­cences of fam­ily life years ago. “I’m sure my Grannie used to put the green toma­toes in a

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