September 21, 2013

Finally, Ground Cherries!

 I tried to grow ground cherries last year, but something went wrong and the plant ended up being perpetually stunted. It produced maybe three berries, that were the size of a booger. That something wrong, was that I had let the plant and it's soil flood, for days. Why? I had forgotten to make drainage holes in the pot and kept on forgetting to add them! Lesson learned. Always make sure gardening pots have holes in them before putting anything in them. 

 CHECK! I did it right this year and ended up with two decent sized ground cherry plants that produced a good amount of fruit. Happy girl! 

 If you're not familliar with these golden gems, read a little more about them here. They are in the same family has tomatoes and tomatillos, but depending on the variety you get they can taste similar to a mango, pineapple or even guava! I'm growing Aunt Molly's ground cherries, which are a little citrus-y, taste of mangoes with just a tiny bit of savory.

 They grow inside a little green husk which dries out, becoming light and papery. Then they fall to the ground, hence their name. That's when you know the fruit inside the cute little package are ripe and ready to be eaten. Neat, huh? Best thing is, that husk acts like as a camo, so critters don't know to eat them. 

 I'm going to save a bunch of seeds for next year so I won't have to scavange stores online and offline for them once it's seed planting time.

That right there (above) is my little makeshift photo set up. It consists of a piano bench and foam board set up beside a giant window. I also used another piece of white foam board as a reflector. It was a bit late in the day and quite gloomy, so it was nice to have a tripod on hand.

Now you know my secret. :)

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Hi, I'm Janetta from Toronto. I cook, bake and often veganize recipes. I photograph nearly everything and those photos will most likely end up being posted here. I've got a little black cat named Tank, who's really cute and a little bit nosy. You'll see a lot of photos of her too!

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