A few years ago when we still lived in the city, we started a vegetable garden in our back yard with about four or five tomato plants. We heard great things about using chicken manure as a fertilizer, so we covered the soil around the tomato vines with pine shavings from the chicken coop. It worked incredibly well and the plants took off like crazy giving us a bumper crop of delicious tomatoes.
At the end of the season, we had many green tomatoes still on the vine that would not ripen. I asked my mom if there was anything we could do to get them to ripen indoors, and she told me about the newspaper trick. Have you heard of it? I just picked the green tomatoes off the vine, wrapped them loosely in newspaper, and stored in our dining room. I checked them every few days to see if any were ripe because if left wrapped too long, the ripe tomatoes started to rot. I was really surprised that it actually worked!
We had some green tomatoes still on the vine from this year's garden, so we're trying the newspaper trick again. Last Sunday I picked the remaining tomatoes off the vines and sorted them into the newspaper pile for wrapping, the chicken treat pile if they weren't suitable for ripening, or the eating pile because some of them were already ripe and ready to go. I hope it works for us again this year!
When I was pulling the tomatoes off the vines, I found this one cute little cherry tomato that had a star pattern on top. I guess from the stem? Not really sure what caused it, but I thought it was so cute!
Have you tried the newspaper trick? Or do you have another way of getting green tomatoes to ripen indoors? We'd love to hear any other methods you'd like to share.
And last but not least, we'd like to wish all of our American readers a very happy Thanksgiving holiday. We are so grateful for each and every one of you (American or not!) who reads and takes the time to leave a comment. It is so nice to feel validated and encouraged and we truly appreciate it.
~Tammy & David
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