It’s Tomato Time

In the last few days we’ve transitioned from hot and dry to cool and wet. Rain at last — 15 mm (.6 inch). It might not seem like much, but it has transformed the landscape from parched and rattling to soft and almost green.

However welcome, rain and cool weather can cause tomatoes on the vine to split before they ripen, which usually means they rot before ripening. So I went out and picked any that were turning orange. They can ripen inside while the rest take their chances outside.

Tomatoes ripening inside

Tomatoes ripening inside

Elsewhere in the garden, the change to fall is underway.

Colchicums

 

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6 comments

    1. Pear trees often look quite opulent when they’re full of pears, but I understand getting pears to ripen properly can be tricky. Don’t you have to pick them green and ripen them under special conditions? I seem to recall something about this in one of Christopher Lloyd’s books.

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  1. Thanks for the tomato tips. I’ll bring mine in today. I’m a hundred pages into The Friendship of Mortals and I’m really hooked.

    On Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 8:29 PM, Audrey Driscolls Blog wrote:

    > Audrey Driscoll posted: “In the last few days we’ve transitioned from hot > and dry to cool and wet. Rain at last — 15 mm (.6 inch). It might not seem > like much, but it has transformed the landscape from parched and rattling > to soft and almost green. However welcome, rain and c” >

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    1. Tomatoes are probably OK outside until we get another cool and rainy episode. I like to have them ripen on the vine, but better in the house than splitting. You just have to observe and do what seems right at the time. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the book!

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