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by John Posthauer
on November 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM
Before the first killing frosts(approx. mid Dec.), I get good results by wrapping the green tomatoes in news paper, then placing them in a paper bag. Big the bagged and wrapped tomatoes inside. Check the tomatoes weekly, they will not ripen all at once.
by Steve Morse
on November 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM
John...  
 
thanks for reading the blog and adding comment on how to improve on the ripening of green tomatoes... from some further research, there are even some varieties that apparently that is how you grow them (e.g., in a short warm season) ... for off-the-vine ripening... exploring this topic even further, it becomes quite evident that this is a popular topic on the web... especially in the Pacific Northwest and the Mountain States...  
 
at Master Gardeners we usually warn gardeners about frosts for central and east Contra Costa County starting mid-November... and last year (2013) our coldest period came in early December ... in west county frost and (any) freezes usually come a little later due to the moderating Bay influences, but your "killer" December frost will usually covers almost all of CCC by then...  
 
again... thanks for taking an interest in the blog and providing comments... we're still a work-in-progress ...and probably always will be... your comments on the blog topics ... and proposed topics... are always solicited  
 
CHEERS
 
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