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Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 12:13
But tomatoes don't necessarily need sun to shine on them to ripen them. As we know tomatoes can ripen in a closed drawer. Sideshoots are one thing, wholesale removal of leaves is another.

We don't denude bean plants, for example. Or potato plants, before the foliage turns yellow or gets blight. Or chilli leaves.

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 11:30
The tomato plants seem well able to decide when their own leaves are spent. I cannot figure out this desire for gardeners to fiddle with the plants. Why? We don't do it to other crops, so why the poor old tomato.

wild damsons and apples

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 00:24
You seem to be in a muddle. Sloes are the smallest and most spherical and certainly the most astringent.l. The next size up are bullaces - they are more oval. The largest of them are damsons. Usually.

wild damsons and apples

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 15:12
Kernels, not the whole stones. Boiling the stones in the jam will have no effect, and they will neither add flavour nor pectin.

It is traditional to add just a few kernels to peach and apricot jam. They also contain cyanide.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 11:42
The most important thing with seeds is to choose a good supplier. There are some companies which offer few seeds in the packets and their germination rate is a disgrace.

wild damsons and apples

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 11:38
Interesting, as the one part of the plant/fruit there is no pectin is the stone. Perhaps you are thinking of pips as in Seville oranges. Or perhaps your informant was just plain wrong!

One tip for sloes, bullaces or damsons in spirits is to put them in the freezer for a day or two then the skins split naturally when they thaw out and you don't have to prick the fruit.

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 19:39
Crikey oh Riley! It's still only August. You are all acting as though it is late September! It will come soon enough.

Removing the leaves, hanging up the plants, picking the fruit and ripening indoors......!


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:35
If you leave the cobs too long and they are inedible, leave the cobs on the ground for the birds; they love them.

wild damsons and apples

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:11
There is no pectin in a stone!

Which apple variety?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:09
Your best bet is to visit an Apple Day in October and you will get an accurate identification.

If it is ready now you can narrow it down to an early apple therefore not a keeper.

If you want to make cider, it is perfectly possible to buy cider apple trees. Not for eating, they are incredibly sour.

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