When it comes to the end of the summer, sometimes our gardens didn’t have the yield as we had hoped. Sometimes there was too much rain, or not enough, too many overcast days, or too much sun. By the end of the season sometimes the plants die off before you even get to harvest ripe fruit.
We work so hard to get everything right and want that reward by the end of the summer to enjoy and share with the ones we love.
This summer our tomato plants were ones that self seeded themselves from last years crop. I didn’t have any idea what types of tomatoes actually were able to return until the fruit started to appear.
We had large golden steak tomatoes, plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and purple Cherokee tomatoes last year. This year it seems that at least one of each type returned. I was extremely pleased.
I noticed them late in the season and wasn’t sure they would have enough time to produce fruit. I wanted to find a way to help them ripen sooner before it got too cold.
To help the tomato plant put all of its energy into ripening its fruit, remove at least 6 inches of foliage on each plant’s stem. I tried it and it worked!
Give it a try on your own garden. If you don’t have ripe fruit yet then do it right away before the frost hits! Good luck.
I added some links for items that will help you get your tomato garden started. Its a great plant for kids to try and grow on their own. They are easy to grow and sometimes they even re-seed themselves for the next season! Also a great companion plant to put right next to tomatoes is…. BASIL! Who doesn’t love tomatoes and basil? Give them a try and let me know how you do. If you have any questions let me know and I will try my best to answer them for you.