Get those last green tomatoes to ripen!

green tomatoes

Just to put some closure on my series of videos about getting the maximum amount of tomatoes off your plants and getting those pesky green tomatoes to ripen, I’ve filmed my final┬ávideo on the topic for this year. Here you go:

Just in case you missed the previous videos, I’m including them below so you don’t have to go searching for them.

I shot the first one in early August, to talk about the importance of trimming back your plants a bit, especially if you have a short growing season. I live in Spokane, Wash., in USDA zone 5 (they say it’s zone 6 here now, but I don’t believe it!), and our first frosts can occur anytime from mid-September on. That means I start my pruning schedule 5 to 6 weeks before the chance of frost so if you live in an area that gets frosts later, adjust my time frame accordingly. Here’s the first video:

The second video was shot the third week in August and my goal was show how you how to do some serious pruning of your tomato plants so they will start focusing on ripening the tomatoes, rather than continuing to bloom and grow foliage:

In the third video, which I shot in early September, I show how well my tomatoes have ripened since the late August pruning. I also discuss ways to “terrorize” your tomato plants to show them you mean business! Take a look:

As you can see, I’ve really covered this important topic from start to finish! I hope they’ve been helpful. I’ve been tickled to see how popular they’ve been, which demonstrates how everyone loves growing their own tomatoes. I hope you’ve had a great harvest and that you’re enjoying plenty of fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketchup and salsa.

I’d love to hear how things went for you. My email address is Susan@susansinthegarden.com so be sure to drop me a note.