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Getting the most out of your tomato harvest


Last updated 9/5/2019 at 1:13pm

Melinda Myers

At the end of the season, pick tomatoes that are starting to show some color and allow them to finish ripening indoors. Tomato plants will continue growing and producing until frost kills the plant.

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and when they're left on the plant five to eight days after the fruit are fully colored, the flavor only gets better.

Check plants regularly and keep harvesting, so the plants continue to produce throughout the fall. This also reduces problems with insects and disease attacking overripe or rotting fruit. Store the mature red tomatoes in cool, 45- to 50-degree, conditions with high humidity and they'll last about 7 to 14 days.

Consider pinching off the growing tip of indeterminate tomatoes now. These plants will keep growing and pro...

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