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hendi_alex
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Last of the tomatoes

Have this bowl plus another that are mostly green and slowly ripening. It is looking like we may be able to enjoy home grown tomatoes into early December! They are not as good as peak summer tomatoes, but they are way better than anything store bought.

We will eat our last home grown cuke today. Still have lots of egg plant and peppers. The peppers are continuing to produce but are in the greenhouse now.

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we have a few tomatoes left, ripening downstairs...nothing left outside, could sure use a fresh eggplant though!

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pharmerphil wrote:we have a few tomatoes left, ripening downstairs...nothing left outside, could sure use a fresh eggplant though!
Nice looking produce in that blog of yours Phil!

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SP8 wrote:
pharmerphil wrote:we have a few tomatoes left, ripening downstairs...nothing left outside, could sure use a fresh eggplant though!
Nice looking produce in that blog of yours Phil!
Thanks SP8...going to venture to yours in a bit.. :wink:

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Re: Last of the tomatoes

Phil - very nice harvest!

SP8 - impressive container skills, something I was never good at - admire!
hendi_alex wrote:They are not as good as peak summer tomatoes, but they are way better than anything store bought.
Agree 100% End of the season for us in VA as well, frost stepped in about 2 weeks ago, so all of the tomato and pepper plants are done (except for the "Giant Orange Sweet" pepper I brought inside from the deck, ripening fruits every few days).

As for tomatoes, last trays of the season, should carry us through the month, then off to canned and frozen maters:

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It's been very enjoyable season! Look forward to next year! Though must admit, would love to build (even if it is small) - green house to extend the season in 2010

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Alex,

I'm pretty safe in North Texas until near the end of November. In December, we typically will have a few night time heavy frosts that you have to scrape off your windshield in the morning. I plan to extend my season a little by wrapping my tomato beds in clear plastic sheeting to protect them overnight. I could bring the green tomatoes in and let them ripen inside. I think realistically I have to many tomatoes to save them all inside.

I agree with you about the great taste of the mid summer tomatoes, but I've found my fall tomatoes have a more intense tomato flavor than the summer tomatoes. I've always wondered why, but the only reason I can come up with the growth rate in the fall versus the summer. The fall tomatoes take much longer to grow and mature in the cooler air than the summer tomatoes. For me, the slower growth and development seems to intensify the flavor.

Ted



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