Get kids interested in gardening: Plant a Salsa Garden
The taste of fresh salsa made up of homegrown ingredients from your garden can spice up a meal like nothing else. and since most, if not all, of the ingredients will be coming from your backyard garden, making it is as easy as can be.
What to plant:
- Tomatoes: Plant meaty, full-flavored ones, Amish Pastes, Beefsteaks, like Romas, San Marzanos, or Brandywines.
- Hot Peppers: plant a mix: Jalapeños, Serranos or Anaheims for the flavor and some heat, Habañeros for extreme heat, and Poblanos if you would like to roast the peppers for a smoky salsa.
- Cilantro: You’ll have to plant this every 2-3 weeks through the summer so you won’t run out (it can wilt in the heat or go to seed, so you’ll want a fresh supply).
- Garlic: For an early harvest, it’s best to plant in the fall, so you can harvest and eat the bulbs in June.
- Onions: Scallions, or green onions, usually are quicker to mature than other common types of onions, and don’t take up a lot of space in the garden, so they are the best choice for a salsa garden.
Other herbs to plant: Oregano, Parsley, Basil,and Mint are all excellent additions to a salsa garden.
Planting plan for a 4×4 foot salsa garden:
Here is an example of how to plant your salsa garden. The set up allows for some interpretation depending on your taste.
You can get more info from this book “All New Square Foot Gardening II” This book has helped me become quite the small space gardener. t’s got a lot of great information. It covers a lot of topics, And it’s laid out clearly with illustrations and photos.