Have you considered planting a Salsa Garden? Here's our brief tutorial!
Create a Salsa Garden
There are so many variations of Salsa, mild to hot, mango to
jalapeno and even green tomato salsa. Creating a Salsa Garden is
easy! Mary's Heirloom Seeds has made things even easier with Mary's Salsa Pack Seed Combo!
My first suggestion, Coconut Pellets!
They make seed-starting "oh so easy." Before you just go crazy and
start planting all of the seeds it's important to decide which varieties
you would like to include and how long each will take to mature.
Onions: Not everyone likes onions in their salsa. I do! I prefer a red onion. The Red Burgundy onion
matures in approximately 100 days. If you decide to grow this onion
it should be planted first. If you choose a bunching onion or a "green
onion" you can wait on planting. Bunching onion varieties take about 40 days to mature.
Tomatoes: I prefer to use a smaller tomato for salsa like the Ace 55 or Roma. Both varieties take approx 75-80 days to mature so they should be started one month after the onion (if you chose the red). A larger option is a Beefsteak. For fancy salsa, try Emerald Green or Amana's Orange tomatoes.
Peppers: For a mild salsa you can use Anaheim peppers. For a hot (or hotter) salsa I use Jalapenos. For the crazy, burn your mouth for a week salsa, use Serrano Peppers or Habanero! These pepper varieties also take 70-90 days to mature and should be planted at the same time as the tomatoes.
planting should be staggered throughout the year. By planting multiple
cilantro plants it will allow you to harvest as you need it instead of
all at once. Plant Cilantro at least 30 days before the rest of the
Salsa Garden plants mature. I recommend succession planting Cilantro
for a plentiful harvest.
a medium-size mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic,
lime juice, tomatillo, and salt to taste. Mix well. Add 1/2 of the
jalapeno pepper, and taste. If you desire your salsa with more of a
kick, add the remaining 1/2 jalapeno. If you are satisfied with the
salsa's heat, do not add the remaining jalapeno pepper. Cover the salsa,
and chill until ready to serve.
There you have it! Ready to go plant your very own salsa garden?