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Tomatillos: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

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Tomatillos are also called a husk tomato or green tomato due to their appearance. They have a dry, green cover outside of the fruit. These plants grow very similarly to its relative the tomato. If planting tomatillos, make sure to plant at least 2 plants so they can pollinate each other.

How to Grow:

Tomatillos are planted indoors in most places to make sure there is plenty of time for the growing season. They are planted indoors 8 weeks before your last spring frost and then transplanted outdoors after your last spring frost. Tomatillos can be planted throughout the summer up until 16 weeks before the first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Tomatillo seeds will be planted 1/4 inch deep, 1 per square foot, in the fun sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Seeds will begin to sprout in approximately 10-21 days. Water weekly, but try to not wet the leaves.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for tomatillos:

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Tomatillos will be ready to harvest within approximately 80-100 days. Harvest tomatillos when they have filled out their husks and the husks have begun to break open. Ripe tomatillos will turn from green to pale yellow. Harvest by simply by removing the entire husk and fruit from the plant.

Cooking & Eating!

Tomatillos will store left in the husks for up to a month. When you go to use it, simply remove and wash the fruit from inside the husk. Tomatillos are used in a similar way as tomatoes. Salsa Verde is a very common tasty treat made with tomatillos!


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