Monday, May 5, 2014

Create Your Own Salsa Garden!

Do you have room in your garden for SALSA?

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Dear Mary,
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.

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.

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.

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.

Cilantro 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.

Onions: 100 or 40 days 
Tomatoes: 75-80 days 
Peppers: 70-90 days 
Cilantro: 30-40 days

Fresh Salsa Recipe 
from Mary's Kitchen

5 large tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tomatillo, diced (optional)
salt to taste
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
In 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?
Happy Cinco De Mayo!

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Unknown said...

I am not a fan of tomatoes, but I always have them in my garden right next to the jalapeños! I love having fresh tomatoes for salsa! Thanks for a great post and for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

Unknown said...

I've always wanted to grow all my own ingredients for salsa. Thanks for sharing. Pinned for future reference! :)

Unknown said...

Loved this post! Ironically I just planted my garden(s) and I have all the ingredients planted! Stopping by from Real Food Friday

Unknown said...

So glad you put a time line, my cilantro always blooms out before everything else is ready! Thanks for visiting Cook it! Craft it! Share it! We hope to see you back next week!

Unknown said...

Hi Mary,
When my husband and I dine out in a Mexican restaurant where they serve fresh, chunky salsa--or when we vacation in Mexico--I am usually the one who devours all of the salsa in the first five minutes because I love it so much. What better way to have fresh, delicious salsa than to grow our own salsa gardens. I am so delighted that you shared this inspiring post with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

Susan@Organized31 said...

My family loves salsa so having our own salsa garden would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

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Jessica David said...

Looks great! Pinned to my Sustainable Living board. =)