How to Ripen Green Tomatoes

Five Tips on How to Ripen Green Tomatoes

  • Leave them on the Vine as long as possible.  Take the time to cover them with plastic if your temperatures are low.  Don’t be tempted to pick them just because it feels like the season is over. They will ripen the best left on the vine.
  • Place them on a sunny window sill. This is a hit or miss solution and works best with cherry tomatoes (tiny ones).  Tomatoes are more stable sitting on their stem side however, they will rot less readily if you can place them blossom side down.
  • Wrap individual green tomatoes in newspaper and layer in a box, no more than 2 layers deep. Place the box in a dark, dry spot and check weekly for progress. It usually takes 3-4 weeks for the tomatoes to ripen, but check frequently and remove any fruits that show signs of rotting.
  • Place the green tomatoes in a paper bag with a ripe apple or banana. The fruit gives off ethylene gas, which speeds up ripening. Check the bag daily.
  • Place the green tomatoes in a cardboard box and place fruit inside of the box.  It’s important not to let them touch each other – you want space between each tomato and the fruit.  Cover box and store in a dark location.  Check daily and remove ones as they ripen.

See Related Post: Green Fried Tomato Recipe

How to String Hot Peppers

Hot Peppers on a String
Hot Peppers on a String

Stringing Hot Peppers

  • Prepare your Peppers: First, Inspect each pepper.  Discard any that are soft, mushy or have spoiled areas and spots.  KEEP the stems on.
  • Wash Peppers: Wash with cool water and let air dry or dry off with a paper towel
  • String Them:  Take a long sharp needle and use strong thread or fishing line.  Put the needle through the stems and tie the ends in a knot
  • Hang The String of Peppers:  It’s best to leave some room between each pepper on the string as it dries.  However, you can make Ristas (clumping chiles together with decorative raffia ribbons) but be sure to check them often to be sure they are drying well and not rotting.

It can take up to two weeks of drying time if hung up inside.  Once they are totally dried you can push them together and keep them hung up somewhere or store in an onion bag.  Some people store in a glass jar but its not necessary.

Using this method to dry hot peppers does make them a little stiff on the outside. They are great in chilies and hot sauce but not probably not the best method of drying if you want to keep your peppers soft.

How to store cleaning supplies (and crafts)


I love this idea for cleaning products.  I have used this idea before in my office to store gift wrap items: bows, pretty ties, labels, tape, colored markers, spray paint and other crafting supplies. It makes it easy to see your stuff and keeps them neat, tidy and dust free.

If I had another door in our garage then I would use one of these shoe racks to hold my gardening seeds, tools, nutrients and tools.

Grill covers instead of large tarps

Grill Covers

This is a tip sent in by Barbie

“Grill covers are only $5.00-$10.00 and can easily cover trash barrels, coolers, lawn chairs and is soooooooo much easier to use than large tarps.  I got two, two different sizes, and I have found them to be so much more useful and easier to use than a large tarp.  I have tossed them over my gardens when it suddenly snowed in May and it saved my garden.  A heavier tarp would have crushed everything.”

Peace Lily – Poisonous to Pets

Sell Art OnlineAs Easter is approaching please keep in mind that Lily Plants/Flowers are Poisonous to pets!

The peace lily, also known as the Mauna Loa plant, contain insoluble crystals of calcium oxalate that are in bundles called raphites. Chewing or biting into the plant releases the crystals which penetrate tissue resulting in injury. When dogs or cats ingest peace lilies, clinical signs may be seen immediately and include pawing at face (secondary to oral pain), drooling, foaming, and vomiting. Moderate to severe swelling of the lips, tongue, oral cavity, and upper airway may also be seen, making it difficult to breathe or swallow.

The peace lily does NOT result in acute kidney failure when ingested, and is different from more dangerous types of lilies that cause kidney failure (e.g., Easter, day, Asiatic, Japanese show, Tiger lilies).


Symptoms and Treatment {from the nest}

ASPCA site with Peace Lily information

24 Poisonous Plants to Pets


House Plants That Clean The Air

peace-lilyHouse plants are the ultimate in functional decorating. Some well-placed greenery can not only brighten a space but also purify the air and remove toxins.

Below is a list of my favorite plants that help to clean the air in the home from chemicals.  These are all easy to care for and don’t require much sun (just some light):

Golden Pothos
Spider [great hanging plants}
Snake Plant
Peace Lily  {reminder – poisonous to pets}

Related Tid-bits:

TOP 10 Indoor Plants That Clean Air Removing Formaldehyde, Benzene and Carbon Monoxide

10 Best Houseplants To De-Stress Your Home And Purify The Air


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