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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 8, 2017 9:47 AM CST
Bonehead said:I don't think the problem is growing them with the tomatoes, but rather that they share the same diseases and bugs that tomatoes do, which then doubles up on susceptibility. I'm just wondering if the reason mine are not setting fruit is there is too much space between the two plants? To be fair, this particular bed has this year been rather poor for anything. My 5 tomato plants are doing well but not setting a whole ton of fruit. The 2 tomatillos have yet to set one fruit between the two of them. The lone zucchini has had mostly unpollinated blossoms (just took a peek yesterday and crossing fingers for a couple that may actually be growing). Weird. This is one of my prime real estate beds - raised, full sun with southwest exposure, and close to a hose bib so gets lots of extra watering (not all beds are that fortunate in my yard). It has dwarf marigolds at the outer edge for additional insect inticement and to offset the yellow blossoms of the veggies.


Maybe the plants there all need a boost of organic fertilizer?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 8, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Deb : 😁
Sounds like you may need small pollenators. Small bees or t.wasps.
Plant you a couple fennell. Tiny flowers attractive to them. Hear there perennial. Bloom allmost year round. Just keep cutting back some periodically.
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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Aug 8, 2017 1:44 PM CST
I'm thinking, like Rita, that the bed might need a boost of fertilizer.

I mailed my Soil Savvy Test kit off Monday. I'm pretty sure the first bed I had those purple hull peas in has some nutrient wonkiness going on in there, and the test will show it. The difference is night and day between that bed and the second bed I planted! That's the new one I just built and filled with brand new medium and amendments.

Healthiest, most prolific okra and PHPs I've ever had! Hurray!
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Aug 8, 2017 2:37 PM CST
Seems more of a pollination issue to me. I'm pretty sure I amended this bed with chicken manure/bedding last winter so should be good to go on nutrients. I also mulch with weed clippings. But, I'll toss some fertilizer around and see if that helps. I think I also have some of that stinky fish goo out in the barn. I do rotate my veggies, but perhaps this bed just needs a rest. I will make a note to plant a winter green manure and then perhaps some peas. Do sweet peas have the same benefit as green peas?
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Aug 8, 2017 6:15 PM CST
Gymgirl, have you seen this?
Copycat recipe
https://www.copykatchat.com/fo...

Where it says cover with water and boil, I would just let them release their own juices. Later someone says don't even cook them.

I had an idea last night- sub the tomatillos as if they were green tomatos, and fry them, or chop them up and add some batter and make fritters?
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Aug 8, 2017 8:30 PM CST
Thank you, Sally!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

I might just thaw out a bag of tomatillos this weekend!!!!

Especially since I just made Ree Drummond's slow cooker "Chicken Tortilla Soup" last night. I've got LOTS of tortilla chips!!!!

Bring on the salsa! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Aug 9, 2017 5:46 AM CST
My pleasure, Gg Hurray!

My tomatillo plants look very healthy compared to my tomatoes right now. Bonehead, maybe they will start fruiting.. mine seemed to take a long time to start, but they did.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 9, 2017 6:58 AM CST
I just take my tomatillos and throw them in blender or food prosessor.

Hay ! Does anyone know if there is a reason to peal them ? I don't !😕!
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Aug 9, 2017 2:20 PM CST
OK, so I just put six or seven, 2.5 ounce tomatilloes in the food processor, with one whole 2.5 ounce jalapeno, some salt and lime, handful of cilantro, pretty much what someone posted who said they worked at Taco Cabana, except less jalapeno. WOw! Very bright green and fresh looking and tasting, and pretty hot to my wimpy mouth. Thumbs up

No I never tried to peel them. Skin is so thin and stuck tight.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Aug 9, 2017 6:45 PM CST
To the best of my knowledge, tomatillos never need to be peeled. Sounds like you have yourself some good salsa.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5b)
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mom2goldens
Aug 11, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Gymgirl said:I intend on making green salsa (verde) with my tomatillos. I want it as close to the Taco Cabana recipe as I can replicate! I can suck that stuff up with a malt straw!!! Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes.


I LOVE Taco Cabana--always a highlight when traveling to San Antonio on business. There used to be one up in Fort Wayne, IN, but not sure if it is still there.
Share your recipe if you can replicate it, @Gymgirl

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