So my hanging baskets have been looking pretty sorry for themselves for a while. I tried reviving them but now the weather has started cooling (how can it possibly be Autumn already?) there is not as much of the heat and sunlight that they require to ripen well. So I decided to cut my losses and pick the remaining tomatoes. The hanging baskets were starting to look rather unattractive and so they are better off down and out the way emptied and ready to use next year.
As you can see we still have a significant number of unripened tomatoes. So what do you do with them? Well I have removed them and brought them inside to sit on a warm sunny windowsill. Here we should get some more of them ripening and reaching that lovely deep red colour that indicates a lovely sweetness. In fact most of the tomatoes I’ve picked this year I’ve put on the windowsill for a day or so to get that last bit of ripening.
Any that remain green can become a green tomato chutney, which is a winter favourite of mine with cheese.
Now this year I had planned on growing a selection of tomatoes in a greenhouse. Now we didn’t manage to get a greenhouse in time to do that but I did still want to grow some tomatoes as both C and I really like them (J doesn’t mind them in things but wouldn’t ever choose to eat them whole). So about a month or so ago we picked up some tumbling tomato hanging baskets from the local garden centre. We had tomatoes in hanging baskets last year by the kitchen door and every time we walked either into or out of the house C would ask for a “mato”. So not many managed to be kept for use other than random snacks but I did have some left over unripened at the end of the season to use for green tomato chutney. This year I’ve been more diligent about feeding them and so I’m quite excited about a new crop. They’re not quite ripe yet but there seem to be a good number of fruits there and they seem to be a good size. I think they’ve struggled with the hot weather through the past few weeks despite my efforts to keep them hydrated and the leaves look very weak.