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How To Grow a Salsa Garden – EASY TIPS AND IDEAS!

How to Grow a Salsa Garden will teach you to grow the ingredients for your favorite dip right outside your back door for the best tasting fresh salsa.

If you’re looking for more theme gardens, How to Create a Tea Garden and Making a Victory Garden will help you on your journey.

How to Grow a Salsa Garden - Salsa Ingredients
How to Grow a Salsa Garden – Salsa Ingredients

What do you need for a salsa garden? Tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro, limes and garlic are just some of the things you can grow in your garden bed for the perfect fresh salsa recipe.  

Your family will have fun concocting the perfect “secret” fresh salsa recipes.  You can start with my delicious salsa recipe here made with fresh ingredients.

An annual salsa “throw-down” with your neighbors might also be a fun way to show off your salsa themed garden.  

Homemade canned salsa would also make the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list.  

“My favorite food in the world is Mexican food. I’m not a dessert person. I’m more of a crunchy, salty girl. I could live on chips and salsa. I would take a Mexican meal over some fancy French cuisine anytime.”

Michelle Pfeiffer

Salsa Garden Plan

A salsa gardens are easy to grow as a container garden or in a raised bed if you have challenging soil. If you grow your salsa vegetables in containers, just make sure they have the proper drainage holes.

You want to be sure to pick a location in your garden that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. A salsa garden layout will work well with a square foot garden.

Square foot gardening is dividing your space into one-foot sections to make your planning easier.

The basic ingredients for salsa are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Chili peppers
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Limes

You can grow your salsa garden plants from seed or start with young plants to make things easier.

A good rule of thumb is to start your garden with a rich soil for best results.

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Here are the Salsa Garden Plants You’ll Need:

Salsa Garden Tomatoes

Salsa Garden Tomatoes
Salsa Garden Tomatoes

Best Tomatoes for Salsa Gardens

Homegrown tomatoes need 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight a day.  You can plant tomatoes in containers or the ground in a sunny spot.

Make sure you plant it in loose, well-draining soil and plant deeply.  Add lots of mulch for best results.  

Tomatoes are compatible with garlic, onions and basil.  

Some tomato plants will need to be staked or caged.  Keep the soil moist.  

When you purchase tomatoes from the grocery store, most people pick Roma tomatoes to use in salsa.  

The reason for this is Roma tomatoes have less seeds and are a more meaty fruit, so your salsa turns out less watery.  

So, what are the best tomatoes for salsa? You can grow Romas or how about trying a new tomato variety?  

There’s a type of tomato called “paste tomatoes” that offer the same thing as Romas – meaty and a low amount of seeds.  

Here are a few varieties of tomato paste types of organic seeds on Amazon: 

Tomato Paste Amish Heirloom Seeds

Organic San Marzano Paste Tomato Seeds

Organic Black Plum Paste Tomato Seeds

Here are some Roma tomato seeds on Amazon:

Organic Heirloom Roma Tomato Seeds

You can also use grape or cherry tomatoes.

Salsa Garden Tomatillos  

Salsa Garden Tomatillos
Salsa Garden Tomatillos

To make salsa verde, you will need to grow tomatillos.  Tomatillos are a green tomato that has lemony taste to them.  

Salsa verde is a popular salsa to top quesadillas or fish.  You can also use it as a dip for tortilla chips.

Certified Organic Tomatillo Seeds

Salsa Garden Peppers

Salsa Garden Hot Peppers

Best Hot Peppers for Salsa Gardens

Hot pepper plant need sunshine, at least 6-8 hours a day of full sun. Pepper plants don’t like wet feet, so make sure you plant in well draining soil in your home garden.

What salsa garden chili peppers to grow and use in your salsa depends on your personal taste and how much “heat” you like.  

I would suggest growing a variety of peppers so you can make a variety of salsas.  Garden salsa hot peppers go from mild to VERY hot.

Mild salsa peppers

  • Banana peppers
  • Anaheim peppers
  • Poblano peppers

Medium salsa peppers

Add a jalapeño peppers to the salsa.  Only add the seeds and membrane if you like more heat.  

Hot salsa peppers

Add multiple jalapeños with the seeds or for an even hotter salsa add serrano peppers.

VERY hot salsa

Thai chilies and habaneros add a lot of heat for a really spicy salsa. 

Organic Hot Pepper Seeds – Variety Pack – Cayenne, Jalapeño, Habanero, Poblano and More

Salsa Garden Onions

Salsa Garden Onions - Green Onions, White onions, red onions, yellow onions
Salsa Garden Onions – Green Onions, White Onions, Red Onions, and Yellow Onions

Best onions for salsa gardens

Yellow onions are most frequently used in making salsa.  The best salsa is the one that makes your taste buds dance.  

Red onions, green onions and even sweet onions like Vidalia or Walla Walla can be used.  

Do you know why Vidalia and Walla Walla onions are sweet versus other onions?  It’s because they have a higher water and lower sulfur content.  

Here are a variety of Organic Onion Seeds, including green onions, red onions, and yellow onions.

Salsa Garden Garlic

Salsa Garden Garlic
Salsa Garden Garlic

Best garlic for salsa gardens

A clove or two of fresh garlic adds an amazing touch to any salsa.  

The best time to plant garlic is in the fall, so that the cloves can create a good root system.  

You want to only plant the larger bulbs for maximum benefit.  Go ahead and eat the small bulbs! 

Each clove of a garlic turns into a head of garlic.  

Rotate the garlic every two years to prevent soilborne diseases and for increased production.  

Organic Garlic Elephant Bulbs to Plant

Salsa Garden Cilantro or Parsley

Salsa Garden Cilantro
Salsa Garden Cilantro

Best cilantro and parsley for salsa gardens

I love cilantro, but not everyone does.  

Did you know they discovered that some people have a gene that makes them very sensitive to the taste of cilantro and to them it tastes like soap? 

You can read about that study here on the HuffPost

If you’re a cilantro lover too, then you’ll love growing your own cilantro plants.  

One year, I ordered a truckload of topsoil for my garden.  I was totally surprised when my entire garden was filled with cilantro because the soil had come complete with the seeds. 

Cilantro will self seed itself easily.  

Organic Cilantro Seeds for Planting on Amazon

If you don’t like the taste of cilantro, than parsley will be your go-to herb.  

Parsley is a slow-growing herb and can take up to six weeks to sprout.  

Parsley comes in two different forms, curly leaf and flat-leaf.  Flat-leaf parsley has a stronger flavor than curly leaf.  

Salsa Garden Limes

Salsa Garden Limes
Salsa Garden Limes

Best limes for salsa gardens

What would fresh salsa be with out a little lime juice? Not nearly as tasty.

Growing lime trees in the ground could be difficult, depending where you live.  

Putting your time tree in a container allows you to move it around to keep it happy all year round.  

There are a variety of lime trees, so pick one that is more suitable to your location.

If you will be growing your tree in a container, it’s best to purchase the dwarf variety.  

How to Grow a Steady Supply of Limes

We’ve reached the end of How to Grow a Salsa Garden.  I hope you liked it!  

Pretty soon, you’ll be making your own homemade salsa straight from your veggie beds.

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite things are to grow and if you have a favorite themed garden.

Pin the Salsa Garden pin below to your gardening board to refer back to it.  

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