Finally! Tomatoes have begun to ripen in the garden.
And while they remain behind schedule in their ripening because of the overall cooler-than-normal weather, have faith.
Temperatures have warmed enough for ripening to accelerate, said Kathleen Cue, horticulturist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
Nighttime temperatures the past several nights have been in the upper 50s to mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service. The foreseeable forecast calls for overnight lows mostly in the 60s.
That's the kind of nighttime temperatures we've needed, Cue said.
“It's when the nighttime temperatures drop down into the 40s and 50s that tomatoes really slow down,” she said.
Nighttime temperatures dropped into that range for several days in late July.
The average night-time low for this time of year in Omaha is 66 degrees, according to the weather service.
The cool weather does bring some good news for tomatoes. It has lessened the occurrence of blossom end rot, because the cooler weather makes it easier for the fruit to metabolize calcium.