Week of October 18, 2017

Fruits stop ripening when temps drop below 50°F, so if you are still warmer than that during the day, best leave the fruit on the vine as long as possible. Remove any new flowers and really small fruit and gradually decrease the amount of water. Once daytime temps are consistently below 50°F and before the first frost, harvest all of the fruit. Place it in a single layer in a box lined with newspaper, and store between 55-70°F. To speed up the ripening process, add a couple of apples to the box. Check weekly for ripened tomatoes and remove any rotted fruit.