Reminder: you can ripen tomatoes inside

ripe and unripe cherry tomatoes in Buffalo NY by Stofko
Cream-colored streaks on a green tomato are a sign that it is mature enough to be picked for ripening inside. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

If you’re worried about damage to your tomatoes from late blight, frost or squirrels, pick your tomatoes when they’re green and bring them inside. The flavor and color is similar to that of a tomato ripened in the field, according to Cornell University.

See all the details in this previous article.

Late blight

Late blight, which affects tomatoes and potatoes, hasn’t yet been identified in Western New York yet this year, but it has been seen in southern Ontario. It could be coming our way.

See this article from 2019 to learn how to recognize late blight and what you should if you suspect you have it on your plants.

Late blight has been identified in various parts of Western New York for the past several years. Last year it was identified only in Chautauqua County.

You can keep track of late blight on this map from USABlight.

Dates of first frost

When to expect your first frost depends on where you live. See dates of probable first frost in your area here.

Squirrels eating tomatoes

A few years ago, one of my readers asked how to keep squirrels from eating her tomatoes. Other readers left comments on what worked for them. See more here.

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