I love salsa and I love gardening. They are two of my favrotie hobbies! So, I think it was inevitable that the two should meet. If you want to save a little money or start a new gardening hobby, this simple guide to planting a salsa garden is fun for all ages. You can spend time growing your own fruits and vegetables and skip having run to the grocery store for one ingredient you forgot to buy for your homemade salsa!
Tomatoes are the most important part of any salsa recipe for me. I always recommend making salsa with at least two different kinds of tomatoes. So, you might as well plant two kinds of tomatoes in your salsa garden. You may find that one tomato grows Better for you as well, this is not just a taste thing.
Always Plant your tomatoes at the center of your garden. This applies to container salsa gardening as well. The tomatoes plants are the tallest and will be the most easily to reach over your other salsa plants. Some of my favorite tomatoes plants include Celebrity, Better Boy, Early Girl, and Roma tomatoes. Sweet Million cherry tomato is an also great for slaps. It packs a huge punch of flavor even when other larger tomatoes scan lead your down with a bland taste.
Next up is Peppers. No salsa is complete with out some great peppers. Peppers are so easy to grow in a garden. They also do well in a container garden. You don’t harvest grow only hot peppers. There is quite a few mild peppers that have a rather sweet taste and are great for salsas. Bell peppers like California wonder and big bertha are great in any homemade and fresh salsa. Sweet banana peppers are also easy to grow in the garden and taste awesome.
Personally I do like some heat in my salsa, So, I like to grow Jalapeno peppers in my garden at home. You can remove the seed to control the heat from this hot pepper. Just remember, do not touch your eyes after handling jalapenos. I have even washed my hands and then rubbed my eyes and had them burn. Personally I like to wear gloves now when handling this spicy addition to my salsa. It is one thing to feel some heat in your mouth, but the eyes just aren’t meant for that!
On the herb front I always recommend cilantro. I love this stuff. While personally I believe no salsa is complete without cilantro, some people really do no like it. I recommend buying small bunch at the grocery store and giving it a try if you have never have cilantro in your salsa. This simple herb is easy to grow in a garden. It also does well in a container garden as well.
Finally, no salsa garden would be complete without onions. Onions are so easy to grow and come in a huge variety for tastes and sizes. While they are not the best for container gardening, onions tae up relatively little space and work well in a traditional outdoor garden. I personally love red onions in my salsas, but you can use almost any onion in your salsa garden a dot should work out fine!
So, with a little either and effort planning out and planting a salsa garden you can enjoy fresh homemade salsa all year long. This simple salsa garden will save a lot of money as well. If you make fresh salsa as much as I do in the summer you know how expensive it can be!