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How will global warming effect tomato growing in Seattle?

I have a small container garden and I enjoy growing tomatoes. I've had mixed success. Some years, when the summer seems cooler, none of my tomatoes have ripened and I end up throwing out large amounts of rotten vegetables. How will global warming effect the ripening of my tomatoes? [more inside]
posted by bq on Sep 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Fresh tomatoes in Hazan's sauce?

Can I use fresh tomatoes in Marcella Hazan's renowned sauce recipe? (M.H. previously and again on the blue.) [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Sep 1, 2016 - 13 answers

What to do with a very hot, very thick pasta sauce?

Started making a very spicy pasta sauce and ended up going to the movies. Now I have something resembling very hot salsa but with the herbs of pasta sauce. How do I salvage this? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Aug 18, 2016 - 20 answers

Frozen Green Tomatoes

It got below freezing this weekend, leaving me with an abundance of green tomatoes on the vine. [more inside]
posted by florencetnoa on Oct 20, 2015 - 15 answers

crockpot tomato recipes

I don't have an oven/stove, but I do have 7 pounds of tomatoes that really need to be used up in the next few days. Help? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Oct 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me identify these particularly delicious tomatoes

A farmstand near my house sells the best-tasting tomatoes I've ever had. The farmstand is in a suburban neighborhood, and the tomatoes are grown right on the property. The owners are old, and I fear that developers will buy-up the land and the farm will close. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Sep 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I Eat It?: Gardening Edition

Last year I planted some tomatoes in pots. This year I didn't plant anything, but recently noticed there is a tomato plant growing from the soil that the pots were sitting on top of last year. Is it safe to eat these volunteer tomatoes?
posted by treachery, faith, and the great river on Aug 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Why do tomato plants "give up" branches?

I've grown tomatoes three times now, and have noticed that my tomato plants seem to "give up" certain branches/stems. The affected stems turn yellow and do not flower; if I don't prune them off right away, they eventually turn brittle and snap off the plant easily. [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Jul 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Why do gardeners emphasize the seed-starting process so much?

This might be kind of a dumb question, but I'm a new indoor gardener, I've been thinking about giving growing cherry tomatoes indoors a go, and almost every guide I've seen puts a lot of emphasis on the *technique* of starting plants from seed. I have basically zero gardening experience and I don't completely understand why we do this. [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Jun 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Is the sawdust from composite decking safe for my herb garden?

I'm currently having a deck installed in my backyard - yay! We're using composite decking made from recycled wood and high density polyethylene plastic. I noticed last night that they are cutting the boards quite close to my herb garden and the dirt and plants are covered in sawdust. Will this sawdust make my herbs/tomatoes unsafe to eat? [more inside]
posted by melissa on Jun 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Can I grow tomatoes in my yard?

Is there any good reason why I can't grow tomatoes in area with grass? Snowflakes inside.... [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Apr 6, 2015 - 13 answers

What to do with many tiny tomatoes?

This year's garden produced tons of tomatoes, but they're really small. The Roma/plum tomatoes are like golf ball-size, and the grape tomatoes are barely the size of grapes. What can I do with them, bearing in mind their tiny, labor-intensive size? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Sep 22, 2014 - 29 answers

What substance is coming off my tomatoes?

Hello, We had some "off the vine" tomatoes we bought at the store and I was cleaning them with water and wiped them with a paper towel and noticed a yellowish stain on the paper towel. I wiped very well, then rinsed and finally the new paper towel I used was clean. What do you think this is? Is it tomato tar?
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Twin Cities Gardening: Gallon Tomatoes

This is specific to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area--what garden shops have gallon tomatoes on sale? These are the plants that are already grown up a couple of feet or more, may have flowers or even fruits already, and come in gallon or similarly sized pots. [more inside]
posted by gimonca on May 21, 2014 - 9 answers

I need new sauces, veggies, dips now that tomatoes are a no.

I'm vegan, and have recently developed an allergy to tomatoes (when I eat them, or broccoli, I get hand ezcema, which may be related to chromium.) I need ideas for new toppings for pasta (I like goddess dressing but need variety) and tortilla chips (guacamole is good but not all the time) as well as suggestions for ways to incorporate other vegetables into my diet. I miss tomatoes very much and feel a little lost.
posted by juniper on Oct 11, 2013 - 25 answers

What can I do with so many tomatoes?

After years of gardening failure, our tomato plants are producing like crazy this year. We've been eating tomatoes raw, making spaghetti sauce, and having bruschetta with about half our meals. For breakfast, I had an egg inside a roasted tomato. I've been having tomato and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Every day after work I've been eating a whole, raw tomato. Despite all these efforts, we just can't eat the tomatoes fast enough. What can we do? Please suggest ways to consume more tomatoes now as well as things we could make now and eat later.
posted by Area Man on Sep 1, 2013 - 29 answers

Bulk Produce in Vancouver

In August, I usually buy a bushel of tomatoes and make a 12-month supply of canned sauce, soups, and salsas. Where can I buy a bushel of tomatoes and other bulk produce in Vancouver, Canada?
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake on Aug 16, 2013 - 4 answers

First-time Earthbox/City Picker/self-watering planter questions.

With the last frost date in sight, I'm planning to pick up a couple of these Earthbox clones for my deck, and I'm looking for any and all tips to improve the likelihood of success. [more inside]
posted by ndg on Mar 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Empty Tomato Can Smells Fishy

I opened a store bought can of tomatoes and poured it into a pot of chili. Now that the chili's simmering, the empty can smells like fish and I noticed a dent at the bottom near the seam. [more inside]
posted by hoppytoad on Oct 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Om nom nom.

I'm adapting a yummy sandwich recipe to an entree salad, how I can lightly dress these greens with crisped pancetta, burrata and heirloom tomatoes? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Aug 8, 2012 - 12 answers


I need your best salsa recipes suitable for canning. [more inside]
posted by sararah on Aug 7, 2012 - 6 answers

My tomatoes - they've got the black lung.

What has happened to my tomatoes? And can I save the rest of the poor things? First time gardener inquiring within. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Aug 6, 2012 - 16 answers

What are some tomato-heavy freezer recipes.

This month I will have a boatload of tomatoes at my disposal. In February I will have a new baby. Is there anything I can make and freeze now that (a) uses a lot of tomatoes and (b) will still be good in six months? [more inside]
posted by that's how you get ants on Aug 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Nice tomatoes!

Our lovely neighbor just stopped by to gift us a couple of tomato plants -- apparently they germinated more than they needed. I am excited! I am also sort of clueless about growing vegetables (yes, I know tomatoes are a fruit). I seek your wisdom. [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! on May 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me grow up not out

Garden filter: Favorite fruits and veggies to grow in zone 5 (Denver) and best vertical trellising options you've come across. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jan 25, 2012 - 6 answers

What dish was I served in Burma, and how can I make it at home?

What is the name of this dish and how can I make it? Ingredients include: white fungus (I think), fresh tomatoes, lime, cashew nuts, shrimp. Eaten in Burma near the Thai border. [more inside]
posted by teem on Nov 30, 2011 - 2 answers

A torrent of tomatoes

Best uses for fresh tomatoes other than saucing pasta? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Aug 9, 2011 - 45 answers

Save my mom's tomatoes from the squirrels

My mother has a squirrel problem. She has a ton of tomato plants and now that they're coming in, the squirrels are picking them and eating part of them. Is there something she can do to save her plants? Note: killing the squirrels is not an option--she would rather not have tomatoes than kill the squirrels.
posted by Kimberly on Jul 28, 2011 - 20 answers

Are my peppers and tomatoes doomed?

What's wrong with my peppers and tomatoes? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on May 5, 2011 - 8 answers

does it make sense to avoid canned tomatoes?

Am I being silly about BPA and tomato products? I have small children and am under the impression that I would do better to eliminate as much BPA as possible from our household diet. Am I doing any good by avoiding canned tomato products? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Feb 1, 2011 - 10 answers

What kind of tomatoes should I grow?

Gardeners! Help me narrow down what three varieties of tomato to grow on my tiny urban deck. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Jan 6, 2011 - 35 answers

Save my tomatoes!

It's getting cooler here in Heretical-land, and my tomatoes haven't ripened yet. Halp. [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Sep 8, 2010 - 17 answers

What do I do with all this salsa?

My friend (who's known as the Magic Salsa Fairy) converted a bunch of my homegrown tomatoes into a prodigious quantity of excellent hot salsa. There's more than a quart of it. I've got the whole tortilla chips/nachos/quesadillas axis covered, but what else can I do with it? You can assume that I'm a skillful indoor cook and my husband has a good gas grill and knows how to use it. Bonus points for healthy meal ideas. We are omnivores, but try to limit the carbs (b/c my husband is Type II diabetic).
posted by DrGail on Aug 7, 2010 - 21 answers

For the Hardcore SpagBolologist

FoodScienceFilter? Can anyone tell me a bit more about what's going on with the proteins in traditional Bolognese sauce? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Aug 7, 2010 - 10 answers

The best tomatoes in NYC

Tomato Season. There is nothing like homegrown tomatoes in summer, bursting with goshdarn flavor. That said, there's gotta be something of close-to-homegrown-caliber at the farmstands or something, yeah? YEAH? Where are the best tomatoes in all of New York City. Where do I buy these tomatoes.
posted by Greg Nog on Aug 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Attack of the Killer(?) Tomatoes!

I'm growing several containers of tomatoes on my deck, and also... something else. Blue tomatoes!? Can anyone tell me what these are? (A few other photos: 1, 2, 3)
posted by graventy on Jul 29, 2010 - 12 answers

My yellow pear has gone pear shaped.

MeFi gardeners - need help troubleshooting a non-fruiting yellow pear tomato plant. [more inside]
posted by arachnid on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Tomato growing advice

Hey tomato gardeners! I have some questions. Do you use blossom set spray on your tomatoes? Would you recommend it? Do you pinch off suckers? Do you remove some blossoms in pursuit of fuller fruit? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Jun 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and home-grown tomatoes

What other secret, magic foods can I buy and eat? Bonus points for being local to Washington or the Pacific Northwest. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Mar 20, 2010 - 49 answers

I want sauce that'll make me miss my Italian grandma, even though I never had one

I'm cooking up pasta sauce. I've got recipes, and also the knowledge gained from previous batches. But I have some questions about a few related matters. [more inside]
posted by azpenguin on Jan 30, 2010 - 30 answers

Can I salvage these tomatoes?

While trying to cook a large quantity of tomatoes for sauce, I accidentally burned a few on the bottom of the pan. Now the burnt aroma pervades the entire (did I mention large) batch of tomatoes. Is there any way to salvage this project? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Oct 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Tomatofilter: 2% chance I'm crazy; 98% chance something (good) is up with our country's tomatos.

Tomato question: Did something happen late last Autumn that could have caused low-priced/budget tomatoes in (U.S.) fast-food restaurants and supermarkets to become radically better tasting? My perception of increased quality had a sudden onset, was not chain-specific, not geographically localized, and is shared by a handful of friends. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Aug 17, 2009 - 13 answers

It's like drinking your salad!

I need your best gazpacho recipes! [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Jul 22, 2009 - 17 answers

Are my tomatoes too crowded?

Newbie gardening: Are my tomatoes too crowded? [more inside]
posted by slipperynirvana on Jun 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Will my planter box kill me?

Is heat-treated kiln-dried lumber safe for a raised planter box that may house vegetables? [more inside]
posted by thinds66 on Apr 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Rotten Tomatoes for Books

Is there a website where it aggregates all the reviews of a book like Rotten Tomatoes does for movies?
posted by clueless22 on Apr 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Promoting sun-dried tomato awareness

We bought a gigantic jar of sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil. What are your favorite recipes that incorporate them? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Apr 7, 2009 - 23 answers

Juglone paranoia! Please don't kill my tomatoes, black walnut trees!

I have 2 black walnut trees in my yard. I am starting a vegetable garden this year. How should I proceed to maximize my chances for success considering the toxicity of the trees? [more inside]
posted by palegirl on Feb 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Grey Water on Veggies and Illness Transmission

My husband used old grey water (daughter's bath water, a few days old) to water potted capsicum/pepper plants (with fruit) and tomato plants (not yet fruiting) and then came down with vomitting that night. I hope it is only a gastro-intestinal virus. It is clear that the grey water was old, and he should not have used it. That's not the question. My question is this: Do we have to cook all the fruit that are currently on the plants, even if they need a few more weeks to ripen? Say I pick all the fruit off now, then what about subsequent fruit? I was hoping to keep these pepper plants for a few years and we do like to eat the tomatoes and peppers raw in salads.
posted by Tsisqua47 on Jan 6, 2009 - 26 answers

Tomatofilter: why won't mine ripen?

Tomatofilter: Why aren't my tomatoes red? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Aug 31, 2008 - 14 answers

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