When Should I Pick All My Tomatoes?
Tomatoes with varying degrees of ripeness
As the summer draws to a close, one of the most common questions that I hear is, "When should I pick all my tomatoes?"
Tomatoes definitely love warm weather, and don't like frost in the least. So the time to pick all tomatoes is before the first frost.
Yes, you can try and cover the plants to extend the growing season - especially if they are in a warm location such as the corner of the house, and you are expecting a couple more weeks of continued warm weather. Blankets, bed sheets, plastic, and tarps all work - as long as you remember to tuck the fabric into the soil at the bottom so the cold air doesn't get in. You can also use one of the tomato covers currently sold at gardening shops.
But if you want to be sure your tomatoes are safe, simply pick them. They will ripen on your kitchen counter.
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