Do you love fresh, homemade salsa? Do you consider yourself a salsa connoisseur? Do you live for those warm spring days, sitting on a patio, enjoying a cool beverage, and snacking on crisp tortilla chips topped with a big scoop of flavorful salsa?
If you said yes to any of these questions, you need to grow your own salsa garden!
Think about the possibilities! Fresh salsa could be right in your backyard, ready to enjoy at a moment’s notice! Simply pick the produce, and prepare to your liking. You can make your own salsa garden whether you live in a house or an apartment! The ingredients are portable. Great for small spaces and container gardens.
Store bought salsa can be full of preservatives, chemicals, and costly; not to mention the freshness is lost in every bite you take.
Know where your plants came from and the salsa made from them!
HOW-TO MAKE YOUR OWN SALSA GARDEN:
1. Prepare your “ingredients”
You will need:
- A large container that allows proper drainage and room for growth, especially with the peppers and tomatoes
- 4 inch veggie and herb selections from Chef® Jeff’s and other varieties
- Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
- Jobes® Organics® Tomato and Vegetable Water Soluble Plant Food
- Jobes® Organics® Herb Granular Plant Food
2. Plant your “ingredients”
Fill your container with soil and place plants in the container to move then rearrange until you are satisfied with the placement. Do not overcrowd the plants.
Next, plant veggies and herbs like:
3. Label your “ingredients”
Keep everything organized and eliminate confusion when you label your plants. Always know what’s growing! Keep the tags from your plants – they contain plant information and care instructions or make your own labels.
Once your plants are labeled and planted, slowly water them in, being mindful of drainage holes. Check that soil doesn’t wash out, but also that the container is draining properly.
4. Care for your “ingredients”
First, vegetables and herbs perform better in sunlight. Find a sunny spot in your yard or patio that will allow for your plants to receive partial – full sunlight for at least 6 hours.
Second, water your plants frequently, especially with full sun exposure, and in the late spring or early summer. A good rule of thumb when watering your herb and vegetable plants is:
- Water when the soil is dry to touch and water in ¼” deep
- Water thoroughly allowing water to drain from drain holes about once a week
Third, feed your plants! It is recommended to fertilize every 4 weeks with Jobes® Organics® Tomato and Vegetable Water Soluble Plant Food or Jobes® Organics® Herb Granular Plant Food.
In just a few weeks and with proper care, your salsa dreams will come true and it will be oh so good.
Learn more about Easy Container Gardening for Your Herbs & Vegetables at our Garden Series Make & Take event, this Saturday April 14, from 10:15am-11am!
Pre-pay and register online to attend. Tickets are $35 each. Space is limited! Click here to register!