Sunday, October 22, 2017
Mr. Frost is a knockin’!
Tomatoes will survive a light frost, but not a freeze. If you still have green tomatoes on the vine, make sure you pull them before the first killing frost. You shouldn’t harvest tomatoes from a dead vine.
There are a few techniques you can use to prolong your tomato harvest.
*You can cover your plants with a sheet when calling for frost and removing when it warms in the morning.
*You can keep them going even longer if you put a portable greenhouse over them. Be careful to vent your portable greenhouse very well when it is in the 50’s or warmer and sunny. It will be a scorcher inside and you’ll have roasted tomatoes.
*You can bring any potted tomatoes indoors and they will continue to produce in a sunny spot.
There are several things you can do with your green tomatoes.
*You can make green tomato relish. I just love all the fun flavor combo’s I see folks coming up with, from spicy habanero to sweet sorghum. Your imagination is the only limit!
*You can wrap them individually in newspaper and store them some place dark to ripen.
*Or, you can go all out and have fried green tomatoes!
I remember my Granny making them each year. I don’t have her recipe, but you can use a spicy fish breading, like Andy’s Cajun. You simply slice your tomato, dip in the breading, fry in oil, and enjoy!
Even if you have a small space, you can grow tomatoes in a small garden spot or in a pot. There are lots of varieties out there developed to stay compact. Compact tomatoes for small spaces and pots