The temperatures outside are not just chilly – they are COLD (21 degrees outside yesterday morning in my garden).  

You may recall that I wrote about picking the green tomatoes off my vines a few weeks before the first frost appeared.  

I had quite a few.

 

 
Well, I decided to let them ripen indoors. So, I placed the tomatoes on a cookie sheet and left them alone.
 
And this is what they look like four weeks later.
 
They are starting to ripen!
 
Every day as I check on them, I find more starting to turn yellow and then red.
 
I love that you can pick unripened tomatoes and let them ripen on their own.
 
If I had left them on my tomato vine, they would have frozen during our first freeze of the season.
 
Now, we can enjoy them in salads or even in making pasta sauce 🙂

 

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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