I’m a gardening whizz – you’ve been harvesting your tomatoes all wrong – there’s a prime time to pick them off the vine

MANY gardening enthusiasts have been hard at work this summer pruning and perfecting juicy, crunchy tomatoes.

So you can imagine how disappointed they would be if they saw all their hard work undone by splitting tomatoes or bugs.

A gardening enthusiast shared a clever trick to ensure tomatoes never slip or get eaten by pests


A gardening enthusiast shared a clever trick to ensure tomatoes never slip or get eaten by pestsCredit: TikTok/gardensandchickens
Michelle says timing of harvest makes all the difference


Michelle says timing of harvest makes all the differenceCredit: TikTok/gardensandchickens

A gardening enthusiast shared a clever trick to making sure that never happens and you don’t need tools or chemicals.

Michelle shared her gardening tip online in a TikTok video.

She said, “Here’s my number one tip for growing tomatoes that won’t split, rot, or be eaten by insects.”

Michelle added, “If you’re struggling with splinters, critters or pests infesting your ripe tomatoes – this is the ONLY way I’ve had a successful harvest of non-cherry tomatoes.”

She said the trick is actually harvesting the tomatoes earlier.

“Harvest your tomatoes when they first start changing color. This is also known as blushing.”

Contrary to what you might think, this won’t stop your tomatoes from ripening, nor will they be any less juicy.

Michelle said: “Your tomatoes will continue to ripen safely indoors. Don’t worry, you’re not sacrificing taste.”

The only difference is that you eliminate the errors.

The garden fan confirmed: “Studies have shown that it tastes just like a vine tomato.”


However, you must wait until your tomatoes start to change color before doing so.

The gardening enthusiast warned: “Don’t pick green tomatoes; it will not work.”

Michelle’s video has been viewed over 20,000 times.

Viewers were amazed that such a simple trick could make such a big difference.

One user said, “I worked on a huge farm 20 years ago and they picked them all like that.”

“I’ll definitely try that. Thank you,” claimed another.

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A third viewer said: “Can’t believe I’ve never heard of this. Thank you for this great tip.”

“I just started making this with my cherry tomatoes this year. The plant is now producing like crazy… and the taste is still delicious,” claimed a fourth viewer.

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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