There’s something magical about growing your own food in your backyard or balcony. In this guide, we will discuss how to grow Tomatillo in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
Growing even a a pot or two of vegetables that you can then eat can save you a truckloads of money. Home grown veggies are valuable, especially when compared to the price of organic vegetables in the shops.
When should you plant Tomatillo?
The best months to plant Tomatillo in Perth are Aug-Dec. You can plant using Seed or Transplant, ideally when the soil temperature is around 21-27 degrees celcius and the air is around 15-30 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Seed or Transplant
Ideal air temp: 15-30c
Ideal soil temp: 21-27c
Can Tomatillo grow in pots?
Yes, they can grow in pots. Be mindful of the size they grow to.
The great thing about planting Tomatillo in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Tomatillo indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Tomatillo get?
You will discover that Tomatillo thrives on Full sun.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Tomatillo isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
To get the best results you must talk to your vegetables.
How often should you water Tomatillo?
Tomatillo really enjoys when it gets Keep soil moist at most times.
They prefer soil that is Well-drained.
When can you harvest?
Being a Annual vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Tomatillo crop is around Dec-Mar. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Tomatillo in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Tomatillo in rows. You’ll need to allow around 50 centimetres between rows, and 70 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 50 cm
Space between seedlings: 70 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Tomatillo seeds for up to 4 years, and use them to grow more next season?
Non-violence is the policy of the vegetable kingdom.
H. G. Wells
Enjoy delicious Tomatillo in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Tomatillo in your own backyard.
Gardening gives you a chance to slow down and live in the moment. Take time to observe the plants and insects, and be mindful of your surroundings. It’s mindfulness with a purpose.
I hope you enjoy the taste of your own hard work.