How to ripen green tomatoes

Garden Mastery Tips from Clark County Master Gardeners  Summer 2010
How to Ripen Green Tomatoes
When September rolls around there are always tomatoes left on the vine. When the days get below 60 degrees, you can lift the entire plant and hang it up where it won’t get wet or too cold, like a garage.
Also you can pick the fruit that is slightly ripe and bring it into the house. Put them in your sunny window to ripen.
Or you can wrap the tomatoes individually in newspaper and then put them in a box out of direct sunlight. Check the box weekly and remove any rotting fruit. This will take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. Or you can put them in paper bag with an apple or a banana. They give off ethylene gas to encourage ripening. Check the bag daily.
Store in a warm place that is not in direct sunlight. If that doesn’t work you can always eat them!
Slice 4 green tomatoes about ¼” thick. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Prepare your frying station. Heat ½ cup of canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Lay out 3 bowls and a wire rack with towels underneath it. Bowl 1 will have a cup of flour, cornmeal, or breadcrumbs. Bowl 2 will have a combination of an egg and ¼ cup of milk. Bowl 3 will have a tsp of paprika, or cayenne or corn meal. When the oil is hot dip sliced tomatoes into bowl 1, 2 and 3 then put in to fry until golden brown. Lift out and place on wire rack.
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WSU Clark

Planting Guide For Zone 7
   When Can I Plant My Peas, Broccoli, Cabbage

Benton and Franklin Counties are considered Zone 7  with an average last frost date of April 15th and first frost date of November 15th.  These dates will vary a week or two so it is important to watch the weather before planting.

Use your last and first frost dates to calculate your planting schedule.  For Kennewick, Each winter, on average, our risk of frost is from October 17 trough April 15.  You are almost certain that you will receive frost from November 1 through March 23. You are almost certain that you will not get frost from April 21 through October 2.  That gives you a frost-free growing season around 193 days.

Using the planting schedule below will help you get the most our of your garden.  Starting seeds indoors before your last frost date will give you a jump start on the growing season.  Knowing when to transplant seedlings outdoors will help to maximize your harvest.



tours and Seminars

A variety of free classes and tours held at the Demonstration Garden, throughout the year that are provided by WSU trained Master Gardeners.  Classes are start late spring usually go through early fall.  A tour can be arranged by calling (509) 735-3551.