Late Harvest Tomatoes

October 15, 2013

Garden Boxes - October 2013

We had such strange weather this summer. Cooler temperatures over all, which was a welcome reprieve from the typical 100-degree temps, and lots of wet weather.

Greet Tomatoes

We struggled keeping our tomatoes happy. They don’t like to get their feet wet, and we pruned many, many yellow leaves and branches. We still got quite a few tomatoes, but not nearly what I had hoped from seven plants.

Tomatoes with Yellow Leaves

Can you believe that it’s mid-October, and we still have new, baby green tomatoes on the vine? The resiliency and prolific nature of these plants amazes me. If there is an opportunity for growth and production, they seize upon it.


All it takes is a little warm weather and a sunny day.



Even so, I was worried we would lose all those green tomatoes to the much colder overnight temperatures. Mackenzie helped me pull them off the vine and store them in brown paper bags. That was a few days ago, and half of them have turned already. I’m hopeful that the flavors will be good, and they’ll make great tomato sauce.





And even if they don’t, Mackenzie and I have had a lot of fun with our little science experiment.



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1 Comment

  • Reply Hope October 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I think our tomatoes thrived on neglect. :p

    My husband brought in the rest of our plants this week. He was worried about frost. I wish we’d managed our tomatoes better, but we got some tastiness from them this summer, so I really can’t complain. Next year, LJ will be old enough to help out a little. Hopefully, that will mean that do some actual maintenance on our garden boxes.


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