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GROWING GREEN: Try growing tomatillos this summer

I tried tomatillos and quite liked them. So last year when I came across some tomatillo seedlings I bought them.
Little did I know how easily they grew.
Each one was placed in a 12-inch pot and watered on a regular basis. By mid-summer there were plenty of small yellow-coloured fruit wrapped in a paper-like case. A simple nudge and the fruit would fall into my hand.
They made the perfect addition to summer salads.
And then at the Harvest Picnic I came across more of them. This time they were much larger and green in colour. I learned they were another variety and boy were they tasty! I was hooked.
By the end of the season, I had collected some of my tomatillos, tomatoes and peppers to dry.
Six months later, there’s good news and bad news. The peppers are identifiable by their shape, but the tomatillos and tomatoes are looking a bit alike. I’m going to cross my fingers, hope I choose correctly, plant a few dried-up fruits and see what comes.
But I have a backup plan. I recently attended a Seedy Saturday event and purchased some organic seeds from Hawthorn Farm.
The variety is called Toma Verde and the description says they are a must-have for salsa, Mexican-style dishes. You pick them when the outer husk dries to a light brown coloor and fruit is plump, green and firm.
I’m starting early, so maybe there will be seedlings for Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society’s plant sale in May.
Growing Green is a regular feature prepared by the  Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society (gardenontario.org/site.php/mhhs). This week’s column was written by Marg Verbeek, treasurer of the society.

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