Tomatoes – Bird Problems

Q: We have beautiful tomatoes but as soon as they begin to show color, they are pecked at by birds. Is there anything we can do?

A: I suppose bird netting is a possibility but the easiest thing to do would be to pick the tomatoes when they turn orange on the blossom end and ripen them in your kitchen window. Once a tomato has begun coloring, the stem cuts off communication with the rest of the plant and the fruit ripens on its own. Tomatoes ripened on the vine donā€™t taste markedly different from those ripened at home in a warm place.