The Cottage Gardener

The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.

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Tomatillos & Ground Cherries

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  1. A Description of Tomatillos & Ground Cherries

    History:Tomatillos and ground cherries are cousins, although different species, and originated in Central and South America. Both had made their way into North American gardens by the mid-1800's and were much beloved by the Pennsylvania Dutch in the U.S. in particular. Their fruit is encased in a thin, papery husk which splits when the tomatillo is ripe, or falls off the plant when the ground cherry is ripe. Cultivation: Easy to grow. Start indoors at the same time as tomatoes, sowing the seed on the surface of soil-less mix and lightly covering it. Transplant to the garden when temperatures and the soil have fully warmed, 3-4' apart. Companions: onions, chives, leeks, borage, marigolds, basil.

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U.S. Customers Only Due to recent U.S. changes in import regulations, we regret that we cannot ship seeds to the U.S. at this time.