Planting your own salsa garden means having all the ingredients for fresh, homemade salsa on hand at all times! These heat-loving vegetables are quick to plant and ensure a bountiful harvest all summer long.
- Planter box (try this DIY one!)
- Potting soil
- Plants: Tomato plant, jalapeño (or other spicy pepper) plant, cilantro
- Small shovel or garden spade
- Watering can
- Select planter box and plants. There are many different varieties of tomatoes and spicy peppers, we chose Early Girl tomato (it’s a smaller plant size and yields ripe tomatoes earlier than most varieties) and jalapeño for the spicy pepper.
- Fill planter box with potting soil. Organic potting soil is best if possible, as it has no added chemicals that may be harmful to your plants.
- Decide where you would like to place your plants within the planter box – we put the tomato in the middle as it will be the largest of the three, and placed the others on each side.
- Dig a well for each plant then remove each plant from its store container by gently rolling the sides between your palms and flipping the plant upside down to fully remove it.
- Place each plant in desired well, pat extra soil on top to firmly root it in the soil.
- Water and fertilize your newly planted garden! We used pre-fertilized soil but container gardens need to be re-fertilized regularly to maintain the health of the soil. Water when the soil feels dry (most likely every other day) and enjoy the fruits of your labor in a few weeks!
Don’t have a homemade salsa recipe on hand? Try ours!
Tutorial and Photography by Heather Kinkel