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SowHow – your modern day guide to grow-your-own veg

The SowHow philosophy is simple: anyone, with the right support and encouragement, can grow their own tasty veg. This grow guide for the modern gardener provides all the information and encouragement you need to sow your own 30 easy-grow vegetables throughput the seasons, from kale to runner beans and carrots to cucamelons, plus ideas for herbs, edible flowers and advice on cultivating your own cocktail garden.

SowHow breaks down the key steps of sowing, planting and harvesting each featured vegetable into understandable bite-sized chunks using straightforward language and smart infographics. Plus, the essential start-up advice covering everything from top tools and cunning crop rotations, to uncomplicated compost and the lowdown on mulches, will make you a pro in no time. Complete with simple cooking suggestions, shrewd storage info and creative gardening hacks, this comprehensive companion will transform your grow space into a hot bed for leeks, beets and all your other veggie friends.

Get the SowHow guide to growing your own tomatillos below.

Tomatillos
Physalis philadelphica

An essential ingredient for Mexican cuisine, tomatillos give green salsa a sweet, citrus flavour. Also known as the Mexican husk tomato or ground cherry, these small, round, green or purple fruits grow encased in a beautiful papery, lantern-shaped husk.
Tomatillos are not self-pollinating, so for the flowers to set fruit, grow at least two plants. They are prolific. Each plant will produce about 450g (1lb) of fruit – enough for a couple of jars of homemade salsa.

Seeds
Storage: up to 4 years
Germination: 12 days

Growing calendar
Sow: March to April
Plant out: May
Harvest: August to October

The featured extract is from SowHow: A Modern Guide to Grow-Your-Own Veg by Paul Matson