I was in uncharted territory here. Typically, we are travelling somewhere exotic in early September and I am not home when the first risk of frost arrives. This year, thanks to Covid, we were home in September, for the first time in a long time.
So, when they announced a risk of frost, I played the game for two nights in early September and 3 nights in mid September. I gathered up some spare sheets out of the basement cedar chest and went out to place them over my tomato patch. Then, each morning I would head out to strip the sheets off and hang them up on the fence to dry (hence the Man Laundry title).
Fortunately, no frost ever arrived, but it was when I was uncovering them the last morning that I realized, it really did not matter. The vines were already shriveling and as they shriveled, they were trying to suck the juices out of my tomatoes.
I picked the tomatoes and set them out on newsprint down the basement to slowly ripen, so we could continue to enjoy home grown tomatoes. Then I ripped all the vines out and stowed the tomato baskets. Another season done and the crop was pretty good, despite the rain and slugs.
Here are the photos taken September 15/20, that gave me my title.
Now at October 9, 2020 and we are almost finished eating the ripened tomatoes. It is going to be awfully hard going back to store bought for the next 9 months. At least we have a lot of them frozen in our freezer for use in soups, stews and other meals.