It seems that only yesterday we were picking our first ripe tomato of the season. Now we’re looking at vigorous vines still full of green fruit and wondering… how long will the warm weather last this year? Is there will time for these to ripen? If not, when should we pick them? How should we store them?

It’s early October, with warm, golden days and crisp nights, and frost could come at any time. In fact, October 10 is the average first frost date in Colorado Springs. (If you live higher than downtown, subtract one day for every 100 feet in elevation over 6,035.) This means that in any given year, your garden has a 50% chance of seeing a frost by October 10.