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Getting tired of waiting for your tomatoes to ripen? There are a few things you can do. First of all, it may not be your fault. Certain varieties, like this large Arkansas Marvel, take longer to ripen. Mother Nature plays a role too, if the temperatures are too hot throughout the night (above 80°F or so) the fruit takes longer to ripen. 
Now for the factors we can change. Sunlight itself works to get your fruit changing colors. Many people don’t prune any leaves off of their tomato plants causing the fruit to be shaded. If your plants are looking bushy and shady you may need to do some pruning. Make sure you are always removing diseased leaves in general, and there shouldn’t be any leaves touching the soil. 
Another factor to consider is the water intake. If you have big green tomatoes that don’t need to grow anymore and are just waiting to ripen, you may need to cut back on watering. A little less water once they are fully grown will speed up the process. Some people even stop watering completely but this would be unwise if it’s still early in the season, since it will hinder new growth. 
If it’s late in the season, the new flowers won’t have time to fruit anyway so you can pinch them off. This way the plant can focus solely on it’s current tomatoes. Just like you can remove any smaller or less desirable tomatoes from the plant for the same effect. Are you still asking “but how can I eat my tomatoes TODAY?” Then your answer is fried green tomatoes! Not an overindulgent amount because they contain tomatine and solanine, but they are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium! .
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Getting tired of waiting for your tomatoes to ripen? There are a few things you can do. First of all, it may not be your fault. Certain varieties, like this large Arkansas Marvel, take longer to ripen. Mother Nature plays a role too, if the temperatures are too hot throughout the night (above 80°F or so) the fruit takes longer to ripen. Now for the factors we can change. Sunlight itself works to get your fruit changing colors. Many people don’t prune any leaves off of their tomato plants causing the fruit to be shaded. If your plants are looking bushy and shady you may need to do some pruning. Make sure you are always removing diseased leaves in general, and there shouldn’t be any leaves touching the soil. Another factor to consider is the water intake. If you have big green tomatoes that don’t need to grow anymore and are just waiting to ripen, you may need to cut back on watering. A little less water once they are fully grown will speed up the process. Some people even stop watering completely but this would be unwise if it’s still early in the season, since it will hinder new growth. If it’s late in the season, the new flowers won’t have time to fruit anyway so you can pinch them off. This way the plant can focus solely on it’s current tomatoes. Just like you can remove any smaller or less desirable tomatoes from the plant for the same effect. Are you still asking “but how can I eat my tomatoes TODAY?” Then your answer is fried green tomatoes! Not an overindulgent amount because they contain tomatine and solanine, but they are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium! . . #tomatoes #tomatotuesday #🍅 #organicgardenerschool #organictomatoes #organicgarden #organicgardening #tomato #beefsteaktomatoes #arkansasmarvel #greentomatoes #friedgreentomatoes

Trumpet vines are a hummingbird magnet and can climb quite tall, up to 40 feet! They are hardy in zones 4-9 and bloom in the summer. The long skinny flowers ensure that the nectar is only accessible to creatures with long skinny mouths. That excludes bees or anything else that would have to crawl inside for nectar access, perfect for hummingbirds! This also goes for other flowers with a similar shape, like gladiolus. These even look like the classic hummingbird feeders people buy. If watered often, trumpet vines can overtake an area, so they need pruning (late fall or winter) over time. They prefer to climb, but they will pile up in a big mound on the ground and still look interesting. Old vines turn into thick branches with bark and look pretty magical! Anything that gets woody doesn’t bloom of course, but new growth still grows up top. .
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Trumpet vines are a hummingbird magnet and can climb quite tall, up to 40 feet! They are hardy in zones 4-9 and bloom in the summer. The long skinny flowers ensure that the nectar is only accessible to creatures with long skinny mouths. That excludes bees or anything else that would have to crawl inside for nectar access, perfect for hummingbirds! This also goes for other flowers with a similar shape, like gladiolus. These even look like the classic hummingbird feeders people buy. If watered often, trumpet vines can overtake an area, so they need pruning (late fall or winter) over time. They prefer to climb, but they will pile up in a big mound on the ground and still look interesting. Old vines turn into thick branches with bark and look pretty magical! Anything that gets woody doesn’t bloom of course, but new growth still grows up top. . . . . . #trumpetvine #perennials #perennialflowers #permaculture #organicgardenerschool #flowersofinstagram #redflowers #hummingbirdfeeder #naturephotos #beautifulgarden #backyardgarden #mybackyard #nightgardening #pollinators #pollinatorplants #pollinatorfriendly #vines #viningplants #nativeplants #easytogrow

Tomato tips! The large beefsteak tomato’s are still ripening in cooler zones, but plenty of cherry tomatoes to go around! The smaller the tomato, the faster it ripens. Although cherry tomatoes are great for growing in containers, make sure you do not use regular native soil because the drainage won’t be sufficient. You’ll need to use a potting mix or put together your own, and that goes for other potted vegetables as well. Even if they grow fine in the regular ground, that doesn’t mean the same soil works in a container. When the native soil is being used in the ground, the other soil surrounding it sucks the water laterally. This can’t happen in a container because the material that makes up the pot doesn’t suck moisture out, it holds it in. At the same time, containers can also cause the (potting mix) soil to dry out quicker since it doesn’t have the surrounding ground to insulate. Especially if you are using black or metal pots, you may end up having to water your containers daily. Terracotta pots are actually breathable and tend to dry out quicker, but not enough to be able to use native soil in most cases. Growing tomatoes in containers does make it easier when it comes to keeping the tomato pruned. You want to make sure none of the leaves are touching the soil, because that’s where the plant can contract illness. If your container tomatoes are looking sad or diseased, go through the checklist to make sure you’re set up for success, and there’s always next year! Happy harvesting and happy Sunday everyone! .
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Tomato tips! The large beefsteak tomato’s are still ripening in cooler zones, but plenty of cherry tomatoes to go around! The smaller the tomato, the faster it ripens. Although cherry tomatoes are great for growing in containers, make sure you do not use regular native soil because the drainage won’t be sufficient. You’ll need to use a potting mix or put together your own, and that goes for other potted vegetables as well. Even if they grow fine in the regular ground, that doesn’t mean the same soil works in a container. When the native soil is being used in the ground, the other soil surrounding it sucks the water laterally. This can’t happen in a container because the material that makes up the pot doesn’t suck moisture out, it holds it in. At the same time, containers can also cause the (potting mix) soil to dry out quicker since it doesn’t have the surrounding ground to insulate. Especially if you are using black or metal pots, you may end up having to water your containers daily. Terracotta pots are actually breathable and tend to dry out quicker, but not enough to be able to use native soil in most cases. Growing tomatoes in containers does make it easier when it comes to keeping the tomato pruned. You want to make sure none of the leaves are touching the soil, because that’s where the plant can contract illness. If your container tomatoes are looking sad or diseased, go through the checklist to make sure you’re set up for success, and there’s always next year! Happy harvesting and happy Sunday everyone! . . . . . . . #organicgardening #organicgardenerschool #organicgarden #organicgardener #garden #gardener #gardening #gardeninspiration #gardeningisfun #gardeningtips #tomatoes #growingtomatoes #gardeningadvice #gardenadvice #newgardener #newgarden #growyourownfood #growyourown #growyourfood #growyourownveg #growyourownveggies #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #veggiegardening #vegetablegardening #harvest #gardenparty #organicvegetables #ediblegarden #ediblegardening

Lemon cucumbers, an heirloom that’s been in the US since the 1800’s, don’t actually have a lemon flavor but they can look like lemons! Although they are traditionally used for slicing, they make delicious pickles too. These were picked small, but if you leave them on the vine longer they turn very yellow. If you leave them too long their skin becomes tough and they taste bitter. Our preference is to harvest early, since they taste great small but not so great when they get big. You’ll be able to make that determination for yourself! .
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Lemon cucumbers, an heirloom that’s been in the US since the 1800’s, don’t actually have a lemon flavor but they can look like lemons! Although they are traditionally used for slicing, they make delicious pickles too. These were picked small, but if you leave them on the vine longer they turn very yellow. If you leave them too long their skin becomes tough and they taste bitter. Our preference is to harvest early, since they taste great small but not so great when they get big. You’ll be able to make that determination for yourself! . . . . . #cucumber #cucumbers #lemoncucumber #harvest #summerharvest #summergarden #garden2021 #fromseed #fromseedtotable #seedtotable #seedtoplate #gardentotable #gardentoplate #farmtotable #farmtofork #urbanfarm #urbanfarmer #urbanfarming #urbanhomestead #organicgardenerschool #sustainability #sustainable #sustainableliving #sustainablelifestyle #sustainablefarming #sustainableagriculture #gardentips #urbangarden #urbangardening #suburbangarden

Cardinal basil is a variation of Thai basil that’s been bred for a big bloom. The funny part about that is, it is by far the last basil to flower in the garden. What’s great about that is you have plenty of leaves to harvest without having to worry about constantly pinching off the flowers to get more leaves. Of course since it’s Thai flavored, you’ll only want to use this basil in Asian dishes rather than Italian. Now if we could just get an Italian variety with a giant flower! .
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Cardinal basil is a variation of Thai basil that’s been bred for a big bloom. The funny part about that is, it is by far the last basil to flower in the garden. What’s great about that is you have plenty of leaves to harvest without having to worry about constantly pinching off the flowers to get more leaves. Of course since it’s Thai flavored, you’ll only want to use this basil in Asian dishes rather than Italian. Now if we could just get an Italian variety with a giant flower! . . . . . #basil #herbs #organicgardenerschool #asianfood #freshpicked #fromthegarden #thaibasil #thaifood #herbgarden #kitchengarden #rareplants #ornamental #ornamentalplants #sustainablegardening #seedsaving #fromseed #gardentotable #gardentoplate #farmtofork #urbanhomestead #homesteading #gardeninglife #gardenbed #herbalist #herbal #healthyfood #asiancooking #rainyday #summergarden #gardenersofinstagram

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Native milkweed is the sole food source of the monarch butterfly. This western variety is called ‘White Narrowleaf Milkweed’ and it has been attracting monarchs daily. Milkweed may be their food source, but it’s also advisable to plant a housing species. We have fennel planted next to milkweed in order to make for a more desirable place for them to procreate! . . . . . . #milkweed #butterflyweed #butterflies #monarchbutterfly #pollinators #pollinator #pollinatorgarden #butterflygarden #butterflylove #nativemilkweed #nativeplants #environmentalist #environmentalactivism #activism #activist #gardenactivist #narrowleafmilkweed #notaweed #beneficialinsects #goodbugs #insects

This blue cream berry tomato will add a pop of color to your salad and a smile to your face. It pretty much tastes like an average cherry tomato, but it’s color will have your guests feeling like VIPs. .
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This blue cream berry tomato will add a pop of color to your salad and a smile to your face. It pretty much tastes like an average cherry tomato, but it’s color will have your guests feeling like VIPs. . . . . . . #organicgardening #organicgardenerschool #tomatotuesday #tomatoes #tomato #cherrytomatoes #gardenharvest #tomatoharvest #homegrowntomatoes #growyourownfood #growyourownveggies #tomatogarden #yellowtomatoes #heirloomtomatoes #heirloomseeds #heirloomvegetables #foodphotography #vegetablepatch #veggiepatch #veggiegarden #vegetablegardener #rareplants #plantlover #tomatoplants #purplefood #anthocyanin #gardenersofinstagram #instagardeners #tomatoesofinstagram #organictomatoes

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Here come the butterflies! This California Giant Zinnia has an amazingly long flower life. This one has been open for weeks and just keeps opening up more and more from the center. It appears to be attracting both swallowtail and monarch butterflies! (Sorry for the grainy zoomed up pictures) They say it’s harder for pollinators to access pollen in the fuller type zinnias, but they seem to do a better job at attracting. There are other types of zinnias around too for more feeding. August is the best month in the garden! There will definitely be seed saving this fall! . . . . #zinnias #zinnia #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #butterfly #butterflies #swallowtail #monarchbutterfly #monarch #swallowtailbutterfly #wings #naturephotography #flowerphotography #flowerphotos #gardenphotography #flowersofinstagram #instaflower #butterflylover #organicgardenerschool #organicgarden #organicgardening #organicflowers #flowergarden #flowerbed #inthegarden #floweroftheday #gardenersofinstagram #gardenersofig #instagardeners #gardenclub

There’s an important difference when it comes to tomatillos vs. tomatoes, even though their flowers look similar. Tomatillos are not self pollinating, they do not have ‘perfect’ flowers. This means that while a tomato can be planted on its own, tomatillos should be planted in groups. It never hurts to mix in some pollinator plants of course! You’ll know when it’s time to harvest your tomatillo when the husk starts to split at the bottom.
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There’s an important difference when it comes to tomatillos vs. tomatoes, even though their flowers look similar. Tomatillos are not self pollinating, they do not have ‘perfect’ flowers. This means that while a tomato can be planted on its own, tomatillos should be planted in groups. It never hurts to mix in some pollinator plants of course! You’ll know when it’s time to harvest your tomatillo when the husk starts to split at the bottom. . . . . #organicgardening #tomatillo #organicgardenerschool #organicgarden #organicgardening #gardeningforbeginners #gardenadvice #gardeningadvice #gardening #garden #gardenfood #gardentips #gardenhelp #howtogarden #howtogrow #growingvegetables #growingveggies #husk #freshvegetables #freshveggies #fromthegarden #fromseedtotable #seedtotable #homegrownfood #growyourown #growyourownfood #grow #selfsufficiency #homesteading #gardenlife #gardengeek

Thinking about adding flowering perennials to your garden? Crocosmia, also known as Montbretia, is part of the Iris family. This little flowering stem hasn’t opened yet, check back in a week or so to see what it looks like! They are usually a gradient of red, orange, and yellow but this one looks different we’ll see! It’s hardy down to a zone 6, but the Lucifer variety can withstand winters in zone 5 or even 4. A Crocosmia bulb is a little tougher than a Gladiola bulb. This perennial blooms from mid summer to mid fall, but this one is a little late since the bulbs weren’t planted until spring 2021. The flowers are wonderful for attracting pollinators, especially hummingbirds. The closer you get to the flower, the more beautiful it is! Can’t wait for this one to open! .
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Thinking about adding flowering perennials to your garden? Crocosmia, also known as Montbretia, is part of the Iris family. This little flowering stem hasn’t opened yet, check back in a week or so to see what it looks like! They are usually a gradient of red, orange, and yellow but this one looks different we’ll see! It’s hardy down to a zone 6, but the Lucifer variety can withstand winters in zone 5 or even 4. A Crocosmia bulb is a little tougher than a Gladiola bulb. This perennial blooms from mid summer to mid fall, but this one is a little late since the bulbs weren’t planted until spring 2021. The flowers are wonderful for attracting pollinators, especially hummingbirds. The closer you get to the flower, the more beautiful it is! Can’t wait for this one to open! . . . . . . . . #organicgardening #organicgardenerschool #flower #flowers #flowergarden #flowergardening #crocosmia #bulbs #perennials #perennialflowers #permaculture #pollinators #pollinatorfriendly #pollinatorgarden #inthegarden #organicflowers #whimsical #florist #learntogrow #gardenadvice #gardentips #gardentime #gardenhelp #growyourownflowers #homegrownflowers #mygarden #mygardentoday #gardenersofinstagram #instagardeners #instagarden

The Chinese 5 color pepper goes from purple, to cream, to yellow, to orange, and then finally to red. Don’t let the fun color and size fool you, these things are hot. Up to 30,000 on the Scoville scale, they get hotter as they change colors. Looks like Christmas bulbs by the end of the cycle! 
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The Chinese 5 color pepper goes from purple, to cream, to yellow, to orange, and then finally to red. Don’t let the fun color and size fool you, these things are hot. Up to 30,000 on the Scoville scale, they get hotter as they change colors. Looks like Christmas bulbs by the end of the cycle! . . . . . #pepper #peppers #hotpeppers #hotpepper #scoville #chinesefivespice #exoticplants #ornamentalplants #ornamentalpeppers #organicgardenerschool #growingpeppers #growyourownvegetables #growityourself #fromseed #farmtotable #farmtofork #gardeningknowhow #gardentotable #peppergarden #purplefood #sustainability #sustainable #beautifulfood #pepperplant #pepperplants #spicy #spicyfood #spicypeppers #caliente #mouthisonfire

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What’s the smallest tomato you’ve ever grown? Check out the spoon tomato! It’s not even half the size of a regular cherry tomato. It may look small, but it’s packed with flavor. Incredibly sweet, the spoon tomato gives your mouth a fun pop! It doesn’t take up much space, even the leaves and stems are tiny. This would work great for a patio container. . . . . . . . . #tomatotuesday #tomatoes #tomato #tomatoharvest #spoontomatoes #organicgardenerschool #organictomatoes #organicgarden #organicgardening #organicgardener #organicgardeners #ediblegarden #ediblegardening #tomatogarden #homegrowntomatoes #homegrownveggies #growyourowntomatoes #growyourownfood #growyourownveggies #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #vegetablegardening #gardeningtherapy #summergarden #cherrytomatoes #tinyfood #minifood #miniturefood #microfarm #backyardfarmer

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