Container Salsa Garden Tips Container Salsa Garden Tips

Gardeners with acreage measured in square inches can still enjoy a salsa garden, by growing the key ingredients in a large planter.

Choose Vegetables and Herbs to Grow

Tomatoes

For tomatoes, choose small fruits with a high ratio of "meat" to seeds and pulp. These can include the "Brown Berry" grape or cherry tomatoes, and "San Marzano" plum tomatoes. Plant tomatoes from seedlings in a 12-inch planter, to let roots expand. Check daily and water often. Train the tomatoes into a vine support once they stand upright.

Onions

Plant green onions with the other vegetables, or on their own in a medium 6-inch pot to avoid flavor transfer. Water them often, and harvest them at 12 inches tall.

Peppers

Try "Serrano" hot peppers in your container.  They change color as they ripen; green, orange, then red. Up to three times as hot as jalapeno, they are about the same size. Stake Serrano peppers, as vines grow to 3 feet. "Corno di Toro" sweet peppers grow better in tight spaces than bell peppers, with similar flavors and colors.

Cilantro

Grow cilantro from seeds in your planter. This delicious herb is near-foolproof for gardeners of all skill levels.
Wait till after the last frost to plant your container salsa garden outdoors, in full sun.

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