| >Out here in the wilds of Washington State in zone 6, I have tons of
| >tomatoes. About 98% of them are as green as an Irish Shamrock. Last year
| >had lots of ripe tomatoes by mid - July. Course, it has been ungodly hot
| >here this Summer. Currently at 100 degrees right now. Does that affect
| >ripening process? Is anyone else experiencing the same problem?
| I heard a folklore story years ago about a gardener putting a shovel
| into one side of the roots of half his plants to get them rippened.
| Does that apply here? I don't know.
| Good luck.
"I find the biggest mistake that home gardeners make is to over water and
over feed tomatoes, which results in lush foliage growth, cool and moist
soil, and just a few, slow ripening tomatoes."
(Vegetable expert Jon Traunfeld of the University of Maryland Cooperative
Extension Service) -- "...a cool, rainy spring and now hot, dry periods --
might be slowing things a bit.
"If they are slow, it could be attributed to a crazy spring," he says. "When
you put tomatoes in cool soil, roots don't get established quickly and the
little microorganisms are too cold to work in the organic matter and feed
When fruits were forming late spring, the temperature dropped to 50 degrees
or less many nights."