I am growing Tomatillos for the first time. I chose a giant variety and a regular green variety. In case you’ve never heard of tomatillos, they are used primarily to make the salsa verde you may have eaten at your favorite Mexican restaurant. When I finally get to harvest some, I intend to slice them and put them in my sandwiches. Anyway, walking in my vegetable patch after today’s thunderstorm, which by the way, made all my plants seem so happy, I saw that one of my Mexican Husk tomatillo plants has blooms. I don’t know much about tomatillos but I think it’s a bit early for them to be blooming. Then again, maybe not.
I love my volunteer plants. I have a number of Giant Sunflower volunteers growing here and there. The birds love them too. These guys grow to about 7 feet tall (approx. 2 meters) and produce sunflowers about 8 inches wide (approx. 20cm). Also, Marygolds are popping up all over the place.
TOMATO PROFILE: Silvery Fir Tree
I am growing Silvery Fir Tree tomatoes this season. The leaves on this tomato plant are quite unique. The plant really does resemble a Fir tree although my picture below does not show it. You really have to see it next to a regular tomato plant to appreciate it. I hear the tomatoes are delicious. The only thing I don’t like is that the plant is Determinate. I prefer Indeterminate plants that I can harvest all season long.
So I read that during thunderstorms, the rain water gets fixed with Nitrogen and that’s the reason my plants are so happy after a thunderstorm. What fascinates me is that it happens so quickly. I checked on my plants at lunch time and they did not seem so upright and vigorous as they are now after the storm. I swear they even look…taller!
SPRING ALL WEEK
Spring returned this past week and my cool weather plants have responded accordingly. The peas grew and my lettuce sprouted. Just as it should be.
The peach tree seems to have thousands of baby peaches (ok, hundreds for sure).
This could be my best growing season thus far.