Whilst in the USA recently I bought some of these Purple Tomatillo
seeds. A tomatillo is related to a physallis - one of those orange fruit with the paper husk. In the Southern USA they make a spicy salsa with tomatillos and chillis. These look like fun to grow. I have since found out that these plants need several other plants nearby in order to pollinate each other. In a previous blog post
in 2011 I was having problems with pollination, now I know why.
Meanwhile back in the greenhouse I am planting some of my home saved seed from my prize winning giant pumpkin from last year. I have named it Queensland Giant
. Last Spring I cross pollinated my giant pumpkin
flower with a male flower from a Queensland Blue pumpkin
. Just a bit of amateur plant breeding genetics really, but the idea of a giant pumpkin (which can be flavourless and watery) crossed with the tastiest, sweetest pumpkin ever is quite appealing. Who knows what I will end up with, but it might be fun to find out. I did save loads and loads of seeds but I am having germination problems with them. I'm planting a second batch to see how many germinate.
Fingers crossed some of these germinate. xx