Choose Your Ingredients
Pick a Sunny Spot and Prepare the Soil
Plant Seeds or Transplants
Feed and Water Regularly
Make Some Salsa
Some store-bought salsas might be pretty good, but none of them can match the taste of fresh salsa made with ingredients grown in your own garden. Your fresh-from-the-garden vegetables and herbs will not only taste better, but you'll avoid preservatives and other unwanted additives as well. Here's how to grow your own salsa garden.
Whether you prefer your salsa hot or mild, chunky or smooth, the basic ingredients are usually the same: tomatoes, peppers, onion, and cilantro. Add some other herbs or garlic if you like. After that, there are numerous special ingredients you can choose to enhance your salsa, including black beans and corn.
Salsa vegetables and herbs will need plenty of sun to grow well and produce a good harvest. Your salsa garden can be in-ground, in a raised bed, or even in containers. Before planting, break up the ground with a spade or tiller and add organic matter, such as Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers & Vegetables or Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® Garden Soil. For containers, use a quality potting mix, such as Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix.
You can start your salsa garden from seeds or with plants available at the garden center. Follow the directions on the seed packets or plant tags for planting depth and spacing as well as the right time to plant. If you're planting seeds, allow extra time for them to sprout and develop. You might want to start the seeds indoors to get an early start in the spring.
Learn more about growing vegetables from seeds.
To help your salsa vegetables and herbs grow vigorously, especially during the heat of summer, keep the soil moist and provide the plants a steady supply of nutrients. You can feed them while you water with the Miracle-Gro® Garden Feeder and Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food or Tomato Plant Food.
When your vegetables and herbs are ready, pick them and mix up some salsa the way you like it. Whether you eat it as a dip for tortilla chips, add it to tacos, or put it on your eggs, you'll enjoy the taste and wholesome goodness of freshly picked ingredients.
When watering, be careful not to wet the fruits and leaves of your plants to help keep diseases from developing.