Salsa Garden 101

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Reap the Whirlwind of Flavors from Your Very Own Backyard

Each year I plant a Salsa Garden which comes in handy not only for the summer but with canning and freezing it will last us through the year. Creating your own garden is easier than you imagine. Once you have made salsa straight out of your backyard, you’ll never want store bought salsas again. You just cant beat the freshness. So grab some gloves and lets get started.

SUGGESTED PLANTS FOR SALSA GARDEN :

ONION BULBS – YELLOW, GREEN, RED, WHITE

PEPPER PLANTS: GREEN, YELLOW, RED BELL PEPPERS, BANANA , JALAPENO, CHEYENE

TOMATOS: ROMONA, BEEFY, SPICY PURPLE

HERBS: BASIL, OREGANO, ITALIAN PARSLEY, CILANTRO
STEP ONE: PLAN YOUR GARDEN

Plan your design, theme and placement first. Choose what types of plants you wish to grow.

Research your zones, making sure the plants that you have picked will thrive in your climate.

Pick a location for placing a garden, plants need plenty of sunlight, water and room to grow.

STEP TWO: PREPARING THE LAND

Tilling the land by a rototiller is easier and faster, however you can do this the old fashion way, by good old elbow grease and a shovel. Remove any rocks, grass clumps or derbies that can cause the plant not to grow correctly.

Once tilled spread out fertilizer and rake thoroughly into the soil. At this point you may choose to lay down rows of “Weed Guard” paper. This is great for helping keep the garden low maintenance. Another way to help is after planting, Mulch the garden. However if using mulch, make sure when watering that you saturate thoroughly as to reach the roots of the plants and not just soaking the mulch.


STEP THREE: PLANTING

Mark each rows as you go. Plant each group in their own row allow enough space for each plant. Tomato cages will keep plants from going wild, they will grow upwards for easy pickings. Peppers and Tomatoes can both be caged.

Sunrise and sunset play a good part in growing as well. Placing lower growing plants to the east and larger growing plants towards the west will allow sufficient light to all plants.


STEP FOUR : WATERING & WEEDING

Water your garden two times a day once, early morning then again in the evening. Weeds will choke out growing plants. Weeding after you have watered will loosen up the soil, making the task easier for you.


STEP FIVE : REAPING YOUR REWARDS- HARVESTING

Check your plants every day while watering and weeding. Most plants will produce matured veggies every few days, Pick plants that are ready weekly and sometimes the need maybe daily as the plant matures.


STEP SIX : SEASONS END

After your garden has come to the end of it’s season. Remove weed guards, Till the garden under. You are cultivating the soil and allowing the nutrients from the wood, plant matters to be recovered into the soil. Covering with plastic will keep weeds down for next years start.

 

About Laine Mcwhirt

I have lived and worked in the Missoula Valley most of my life. I am a freelance writer and emergency management specialist. 

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