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5 Tips for Ripening Tomatoes

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Recently, I blogged and tweeted about stubborn refusal of my tomatoes to ripen. This has been one of the most frustrating aspects of a disappointing year on the plot.

For me, the tomato harvest is one of the best crops in any given allotment summer and to miss out on the delicious, juicy fruits is a real downer.

However, lots of help was at hand. I had a number of excellent sounding tips left in the comments section of my post, all of which had worked for the authors. I’m going to try these myself, in a last ditch attempt to get at least a few toms for the kitchen.

Here’s a summary of the tips below. A big thanks to all who answered my plea for help!

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Help! My Tomatoes Aren’t Ripening!


My tomatoes are causing me concern.

I’ve got a good number of all the varieties I have tried this year, which included Moneymaker, Gardener’s Delight and the whopping Marmande beefsteak.

Trouble is, they’re all green, and there’s not even a hint of the fruits ripening any time soon. With the nights drawing in and temperatures definitely down, I’m getting very worried that this year’s harvest is going to be a really disappointing one.

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5 Tips For Stewing Fruit from the Allotment

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I love this time of year. There is so much fruit to be had from gardens, allotments and open spaces, as well as bags of surplus going outside front gates for an absolute song. Just yesterday I picked up a big bag of lovely Bramley apples for just 50p!

It’s not just apples to be had though – there are plums, greengages and pears galore, all of which make delicious fare however you choose to eat them. However, when there is so much produce to be had, what do you do with it all?

Well, I love to stew and freeze. I get this habit from my mum, who always used to freeze stewed apples from the tree in our garden. I really enjoy some stewed fruit and yoghurt after dinner as a healthy dessert, or to bulk up my breakfast muesli.

Stewing is easy, and providing you’ve got a decent supply of Tupperware (the plastic takeaway style ones are cheap as chips off Ebay) and room in your freezer, you can be kept in fruit through most of the winter.

If you’ve never stewed surplus fruit before, here are a 5 tips to help you on your way.

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About Real Men Sow

meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope.

However, three years on, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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