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#1 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted June 17, 2015 - 02:00 PM

My family really likes White Chili,made with Salsa Verde, chicken and white beans.
Tomatillo being the main ingredient in Salsa Verde, Jo decided we should be making our own.
She planted a bunch from seed, and since we had never grown or even seen Tomatillo plants, had to wait till they had grown taller than the grass to clean out the row.
She after thinning had 10 nice plants in about 8 ft, and saiid she would have to thin out to the two or three nicest plants. I told her since we had got 3 inches of rain Sunday and are expecting more tonight it would be no big issue to transplant them. I just got through spacing them out 3 ft apart and putting tomato cages on them.
I am wondering how big these plants get and if I have them spaced right?
Since they are often called husked tomato, I assumed spacing them like I do tomato?
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Posted June 17, 2015 - 02:04 PM

Yes they get bigger then a tomato plant 3 ft apart is enough room for them.


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 02:30 PM

3ft will be perfect.


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 05:30 PM

we have several different kinds of tomatoes - yellows and reds

around 20  to 30 of them.

we plant them about 6 feet apart.  the cages were make form concrete fabic ( 6 x 6 holes) 2 foot diameter and about 6 foot height.

this year is a lite year for us planting tomatoes.  son likes trying different tomatoes.


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 05:37 PM

My wife says 3 feet will be good. She also said pick up any that drop, they volunteer the next year like mad.


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 06:55 PM

My wife says 3 feet will be good. She also said pick up any that drop, they volunteer the next year like mad.


I wondered about that? Must be like those grape/ cocktail tomatoes, you only have to plant them about every 3 years.
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Posted June 17, 2015 - 07:03 PM

we have several different kinds of tomatoes - yellows and reds
around 20  to 30 of them.
we plant them about 6 feet apart.  the cages were make form concrete fabic ( 6 x 6 holes) 2 foot diameter and about 6 foot height.
this year is a lite year for us planting tomatoes.  son likes trying different tomatoes.


Yeah we cut back a lot this year, and are around 3 dozen. One dozen are sauce tomatoes for canning and sauce.
Jo bought 14 of those folding cages from Gurneys this year. They are high priced but are nice.
The rest are the cheap Walmart cages, I keep straightening and brazing back together.
I have never gotten around to doing the concrete reinforcement cages.
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Posted June 17, 2015 - 08:04 PM

I gave up last year and bought a 100 foot roll of welded wire fencing to make my cages. I do a few a night. I didn't want to deal with rust from concrete reinforcement wire. I take my time and wrap each wire all the way around the upright so nothing sticks out to bite me.
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Posted June 17, 2015 - 09:00 PM

Tomatillos are the vegetables that wear the little sombrero's on the Mexican restaurant store ads you see sometimes, right?

 

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Posted June 19, 2015 - 08:57 AM

Given even half a chance they will volunteer like crazy. We planted them at least ten years ago and last year I still had a few show up. Like a fool I left them alone because they happened to be in a row and they are nice to have. I swear you could use them as a hedge once they get going. Reinforcement wire is all I use now for cages, everything from delphiniums and peonies to tomatoes and climbing beans gets the same treatment.






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