That's awesome, Ash. I can't find enough people to take our chard. People don't know what it is or how to cook with it. Next year I will be growing WAY less.
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So I only picked a handful of my heirlooms to put in the window as an experiment to see if they would ripen- with the idea that if it worked, I would pick the rest. And last night it got down to 39 frickin degrees. So I'm hoping the other 40 outside didn't get ruined.
The good news though, is that they seem to be ripening:
Ash, my experience is that about 90% of green tomatoes will ripen in the house. You should actually put them all in a brown paper grocery bag though and keep them in a cool place. Every few days you can peak in and pull out any ripe ones and check for rotten ones. I've had ripe tomatoes until Dec many years. Pick them before it freezes and give it try, it always worked for me.
Joanie, totally ask. A lot of people don't want to deal with the harvesting and then end up dealing with the mess of rotten apples in their yard, which is even worse. So usually asking to pick them is welcomed... less clean up work later! I agree with the others, too, that they may not be good for just eating, but definitely for baking and saucing.
Me and the kids mulched all that the rain didn't destroy of our plants in our garden today. Then we brought out this summers worth of compost, turned it into the existing soil, and planted radishes, red beets and gold beets, and broccoli. Ive never tried to grow anything during our cooler rainy months, but I guess we will see how it goes!
That's great, Ash! I recently planted out all my fall brassicas, but still haven't gotten any seeds into the ground. I have cool weather beets, carrots, radishes, lettuce, etc. but have been too busy with applesauce to get on the garden. Big bummer, though... after the storms we had pass through, almost all my tomatoes toppled. Like roots up in the air, cages down, tomatoes smashed and rotting all over the ground. Sigh... I guess it's the end of the season.