TOMATOES

Code Red – Tomatoes By The Bucket

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I have the daily pleasure of harvesting my crop of ripening tomatoes, which involves a bit of foraging in amongst the Roma bush plants as they like to hide their blushes, plus a good scan of the more upstanding varieties.

There are a few critical challenges, firstly you want to ripen on the vine as long as possible, but also avoid those pesky birds that skewer the fruit in search of a tasty meal. This is a bit of a gamble to be honest, but I’m usually on the winning side of the battle.

I know that I’m currently in the main harvest as I am filling a ten litre bucket each day!

I complete the ripening on the trusty kitchen window sill, until I’m ready to process them into tomato based food.

There is a sense of achievement when you return to the kitchen with a full bucket, and the various shapes, sizes and colours, paint a pretty picture too.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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