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Regrowing Store-Bought PURPLE Tomatillos!

I don’t remember which store, but somehow I got a hold of some purple tomatillos in 2015. I have not found any purple tomatillos this year at all (in fact, there seems to be a run on tomatillos in general), so boy was I delighted to have my saved seeds germinate this spring! They got a little leggy at one point so I was concerned, two plants were strong enough to pull through. And yes…I do have an unhealthy love of purple colored foods.

The plant itself is very similar to the more common green variety, however, it does have a touch of pinkish and purplish hues on the stems.

Now that it’s late summer, I’m getting ready to harvest these beauties!

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P.S. Ya’ll noticed the photo-bombing bumblebee who’s busy pollinating?

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I’m fairly impressed with how well my crops have come on, thanks to my mum watering them for me here and there. My king Edwards look healthy and I think I’m going to have some impressive onions again this year. The garlic failed so in planting some carrots or beetroot in its place- you can see where I’ve dug the section next to my onions up. In the patch between the potato plot and where my beans are I’m going to get my courgettes in. I’m also planting out my kale and outdoor tomatoes today. Before I can continue I need to nip to the shops to get three big planters for my other fruit bushes and some more pea and beans. It’s all go go go today!

A Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet

This brilliant info-graphic gives some great tips to start growing vegetables. You might want to check about the months for planting listed for your zone, but the rest of the tips are relevant no matter where you live!

10 Things this Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet will show you

  1. When to plant
  2. How far apart to plant seeds
  3. What needs propagating
  4. What needs to be in a greenhouse
  5. What size pot to plant in
  6. Distance to thin seedlings out to
  7. Germination & maturation times
  8. Which pests to look out for
  9. What veg works best together
  10. When to harvest!

Growing your own food instills a true sense of the value of food, and it’s not difficult. Large yards with plenty of sun can grow enough vegetables and herbs to significantly supplement your household needs, and even small homes and apartments can have herb pots.

​A Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet:

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After lots of hard work the gardens are done!! I can’t wait for all the yummy foods that will come from here.

Top is: 4 different tomato plant, acorn squash, cucumber, 2 different sunflowers, sweet peas, and and a peach tree sapling.

Bottom is: 4 diffrent kinds of basil, 2 different oreganos, 2 diferent thymes, rosemary, lavender, bee balm, cilantro, chamomile, mint, carrots, cauliflower, cantaloupe, and blackberries.

Tropaeolum majus (garden nasturtiumIndian cress or monks cress)

“ is a flowering plant in the family Tropaeolaceae, originating in the Andes from Bolivia north to Colombia. The species has become naturalized in parts of the United States (California, New York ,Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut).

The first Tropaeolum species was imported into Spain by the Spanish botanist Nicolás Monardes. He published an account in 1569 entitled Joyful News out of the Newe Founde Worlde in which he described, among other things, the plants and animals discovered in South America. The English herbalist John Gerard reports having received seeds of the plant from Europe in his 1597 book Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes, Tropaeolum majus was named by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who chose the genus name because the plant reminded him of an ancient custom. After victory in battle, the Romans used to set up a trophy pole called a tropaeum (from the Greek tropaion, source of English “trophy”). On this the armour and weapons of the vanquished foe were hung. Linnaeus was reminded of this by the plant as the round leaves resembled shields and the flowers, blood-stained helmets.

The herb is used primarily as an herbal remedy for urinary tract infections and infections of the respiratory tract but is also indicated for external and internal bacterial infections and to treat minor scrapes and cuts.”

  • Edible
  • Repels garden bugs and attract predatory insects
  • Contains lots of Vitamin C
  • Helps against UTI’s

It is said this herb is used as a remedy for hair loss, I could not find any such thing about it, so I point at Amla as a hair loss remedy. Actually I wanted to throw away this post..Some really bad grammar also I guess

On Tropaeolum majus:

http://www.thegardeningblog.co.za/plants/directory/annuals/nasturtium/

http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-garden/2009/04/nasturtium-the-nose-twister/