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Do you ripen your tomatoes on the windowsill?

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Tomatoes laid to ripen on the windowsill.
Tomatoes laid to ripen on the windowsill (Author photo)

What could be better than fresh fruit and vegetables grown in your own garden and picked ripe from the bush. Alas, should we leave our tomatoes, it is the birds who have this pleasure. We are forced to pick them early.

How do you ripen tomatoes off the bush?

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Gardeners often extend the harvest of their tomato plants by ripening green tomatoes on the windowsill.

In April when the days are getting cooler we bring them in as they will no longer ripen on the bush. Also we bring them in to save them from the birds.

For a while it was rabbits nibbling at the fruit but repairs to the fence put an end to that. Now our feathered friends fly in for their daily banquet.
No I do not -I sometimes grow my own, and do not pick them till they are ripe.

If I am buying them, I do not buy green ones but ones that are already red however would not ripen them anyway on the window sill as due to the heat, I have the venetians closed to the ledge.
by Finy
When I went to rip up all my tomato bushes I grabbed some of the green ones and ripened them in a little plastic bowl on the bench. At the height of tomato season I was just putting them in a bucket and they would ripen up that way, sitting out on my back patio.
Sometimes. We haven't done so in a while though.
I've done both.
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