Tomatillo plants are a great addition to your salsa garden, as the fruits are used in many different salsa recipes, but most notably salsa verde. Purchase at least 2 plants to ensure proper pollination and fruit development.
Tomatillo - Verde
- Planting: Plant tomatillos in pairs during spring once all chance of frost have passed. Planting 2 or more at a time ensures the blooms will be pollinated. When planting, bury 2/3 of the plant (as you would with a tomato plant), then set a stake or trellis for seedlings to climb. Space them 3 feet apart in a sunny location with fertile, well-drained soil. Before planting, give your native soil a nutrient boost by mixing in several inches of aged compost or other rich organic matter.
Watering: Water tomatillos at the base and be sure they get 1 to 1.5 inches of water weekly. Give your growing plants plenty of nutrients to thrive by fertilizing with a continuous-release plant food regularly.
Harvesting: Harvest tomatillos once they reach their ideal green color and have filled out the husk.