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#3679992 - 05/29/14 04:32 PM Lunchbox garden
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I said I was going to expand the garden this year (got a new place last Jan), but I never got around to it, so I just filled this small box up with everything that I could fit in: Tomatoes, Eggplant, Cucumber, Tomatio, Okra, Pole beans and herbs. My neighbor has his whole backyard converted into a garden so I get pretty good pollination. This is the first time I've tried to grow Tomatio. The plant is doing real well and my neighbor has a couple, too, so hopefully it pollinates.

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#3680304 - 05/30/14 12:22 AM Re: Lunchbox garden [Re: Poser]
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That's a lot going on in a wee bit of space. What is a tomatio?
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#3680613 - 05/30/14 11:35 AM Re: Lunchbox garden [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
That's a lot going on in a wee bit of space. What is a tomatio?


The tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica) is a plant of the nightshade family, related to the cape gooseberry, bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico,[1] and are a staple of that country's cuisine. Tomatillos are grown as annuals throughout the Western Hemisphere. Tomatillos are generally eaten fried, boiled or steamed.

Its common in authentic Mexican food. My wife makes this Mexican fruit salad sometimes of Tomatillo and cantaloupe.
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#3683757 - 06/04/14 06:22 PM Re: Lunchbox garden [Re: Poser]
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If you've had salsa verde you've had tomatillo.
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#3689782 - 06/12/14 02:35 PM Re: Lunchbox garden [Re: TX300mag]
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Garden is starting to pop. Have Eggplants, Jalapenos, Cucumbers, Pole Beans and tomatoes all coming in. No luck on the tomatillos pollination yet.





Herbs are exploding. We've been picking a bunch every couple days and adding fistful to salads, smoothies and anything else. The oregano is out of control.
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#3693043 - 06/17/14 05:10 PM Re: Lunchbox garden [Re: Poser]
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The lack of fruit on the tomatillos may not be a pollination problem. My limited experience is they will flower but not set fruit until the plants get really big. It seems like they take forever to start fruiting and then explode with fruit overnight.
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#3693332 - 06/18/14 07:31 AM Re: Lunchbox garden [Re: WMAn]
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 Originally Posted By: WMAn
The lack of fruit on the tomatillos may not be a pollination problem. My limited experience is they will flower but not set fruit until the plants get really big. It seems like they take forever to start fruiting and then explode with fruit overnight.


Interesting. How big is "really big"? Mine is about 6 feet tall now.
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#3693458 - 06/18/14 10:32 AM Re: Lunchbox garden [Re: Poser]
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It's getting there. I think mine ended last year about 8-10 ft tall and as wide also. There comes a point where the plant growth slows down as the fruit production ramps up.
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#3693462 - 06/18/14 10:48 AM Re: Lunchbox garden [Re: WMAn]
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 Originally Posted By: WMAn
It's getting there. I think mine ended last year about 8-10 ft tall and as wide also. There comes a point where the plant growth slows down as the fruit production ramps up.


Did you support it with a frame?
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#3693793 - 06/18/14 06:17 PM Re: Lunchbox garden [Re: Poser]
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Yes, on a trellis. Although, I don't think it's necessary.
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