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]
Can I use fresh tomatoes in Marcella Hazan's renowned sauce recipe? (M.H. previously and again on the blue.) [more inside]
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]
It got below freezing this weekend, leaving me with an abundance of green tomatoes on the vine. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
Is there any good reason why I can't grow tomatoes in area with grass? Snowflakes inside.... [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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.
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.
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?
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]
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]
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]
I need your best salsa recipes suitable for canning. [more inside]
What has happened to my tomatoes? And can I save the rest of the poor things? First time gardener inquiring within. [more inside]
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]
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]
Garden filter: Favorite fruits and veggies to grow in zone 5 (Denver) and best vertical trellising options you've come across. [more inside]
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]
Best uses for fresh tomatoes other than saucing pasta? [more inside]
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.
What's wrong with my peppers and tomatoes? [more inside]
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]
Gardeners! Help me narrow down what three varieties of tomato to grow on my tiny urban deck. [more inside]
It's getting cooler here in Heretical-land, and my tomatoes haven't ripened yet. Halp. [more inside]
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).
FoodScienceFilter? Can anyone tell me a bit more about what's going on with the proteins in traditional Bolognese sauce? [more inside]
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.
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)
MeFi gardeners - need help troubleshooting a non-fruiting yellow pear tomato plant. [more inside]
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]
What other secret, magic foods can I buy and eat? Bonus points for being local to Washington or the Pacific Northwest. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I need your best gazpacho recipes! [more inside]
Newbie gardening: Are my tomatoes too crowded? [more inside]
Is heat-treated kiln-dried lumber safe for a raised planter box that may house vegetables? [more inside]
Is there a website where it aggregates all the reviews of a book like Rotten Tomatoes does for movies?
We bought a gigantic jar of sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil. What are your favorite recipes that incorporate them? [more inside]
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]
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.
Tomatofilter: Why aren't my tomatoes red? [more inside]
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