Winning ways to ripen tomatoes



What’s black and white and red all over? Tomatoes wrapped in newspapers. All joking aside, this trick really works. Find out how your daily paper can make your tomatoes better.

Once you hear the news about a hard freeze coming, reach for your newspaper. Pick your green tomatoes, wrap them individually in newspaper, and store them at room temperature to ripen.

If wrapping them individually seems like too much bother, you can put the unripe tomatoes on a shelf and cover them with sheets of newspaper. The idea is to trap ethylene gas to speed up ripening. Make sure to check your tomatoes often. Remove the ripe ones as well as any that have begun to rot.

Tomato tips are just the beginning! How to Grow Just About Everything is loaded with more than 300 pages of amazing, helpful gardening ideas! They’re affordable, they’re original, and they’ll have your garden bursting with delicious produce in no time!



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  • FC&A Staff Writer