Salsa is perfect all year long. But why buy a jar at the store full of preservatives when growing a salsa garden will give you fresh salsa at home?
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How to grow a salsa garden
You don’t need to be a master chef to make your own salsa, you just need to right ingredients which is why growing your own salsa garden is a wonderful idea.
Tomatoes Tomatoes are typically the base of your salsa. You can choose from a variety of tomatoes depending on the amount of space and time you have. If using smaller container gardening methods, choose cherry tomatoes or other small vine varieties. If you have more space or large box beds, you can opt for Big Boy, Beefsteak, or heirloom varieties. Make your salsa more colorful by planting both yellow and red varieties or even orange or purple heirloom ones.
Green Peppers You can add some mild flavor to your salsa by using green peppers. They also add a nice crunch and are quite easy and cheap to grow. You can choose from basic green peppers to spicier varieties, and you will find that these grow well in both basic garden plots and larger containers. Should you wish for other pepper varieties, you can choose smaller peppers such as sweet peppers or banana peppers and grow them in pots using a trellis system so they grow vertically.
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Jalapeno Peppers Do you want to spice up your salsa? Then grow some jalapeno peppers! They are smaller pepper variety so great for growing in pots or smaller garden beds. A little goes a long way when it comes to jalapeno peppers, so you don’t need to plant a ton to get plenty of kick!
Cilantro For more savory, authentic salsa, try planting some cilantro! It goes well with most salsa recipes and can add a real authentic flavor. One plant can grow all season long and produce enough of the herb to make several batches of salsa. Plus, you can dry or freeze it to use during the winter months when you have a taste for fresh salsa.
Habanero Peppers If you love super hot, super spicy salsa, try some habanero peppers! These are one of the hottest pepper varieties, and the smaller, orange colored peppers grow well in pots and small spaces. You don’t need a lot of these peppers, as their heat goes a long way. Take note that these can be very hot, so you may not wish to plant these if you fear children or pets will get into them.
White Onions White onions add delicious flavor to salsa, and are quite easy to grow. They do best in actual garden plots or planting boxes, as they will need plenty of space to grow underground. Consider a white onion variety if you like to make salsa, as they are easy to plant, grow, and of course harvest!
Red Peppers Red peppers can add flavor and color to your salsa, and shouldn’t be overlooked when planting your salsa garden. Perfect for growing in pots or smaller spaces, red peppers can be grown right along with your other pepper varieties. You can freeze or dry them as well, so you can keep using the produce in the winter months.
Who is ready to make some salsa? Consider growing a salsa garden this season so you can enjoy fresh salsa all summer long!