Select an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. A 4×4 foot raised bed or square foot garden will grow plenty of ingredients for fresh salsa. A trellis on the north side of the bed will provide extra room for vining tomatoes to grow without shading the other plants.
Divide your raised bed garden into one-foot sections to make it easy to map out the growing area so you know where to plant everything in your salsa garden. Beginning in the back of the bed:
Row 4: 3 Tomatoes along a trellis.
Row 3: 4 Peppers in front of the tomatoes (1 per square foot).
Row 2: 9 Onions per square foot.
Row 2: Garlic Fall planted garlic = 6/square foot OR Spring planted Garlic = 9/square foot.
Row 1: 9 Cilantros per square foot.
Start onions, peppers, and tomato seedlings from seed under lights or use transplants. Onion sets, garlic seeds, garlic chive, and cilantro seeds are available at Martha’s Bloomers or at your local garden center.
The basic ingredients that go into salsa are tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, and cilantro.
Select meaty indeterminate varieties of tomatoes with good flavor, such as Amish Paste, Juliet, and San Marzano. These are dense, have few seeds, and not a lot of moisture to water down the salsa. Other fleshy varieties to consider are Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, or Bloody Butcher.
Indeterminate tomato plants grow very tall and produce their fruit over a period of time. Three tomato plants located on the north side of the garden bed along the trellis will provide you with plenty of tomatoes for salsa beginning mid-summer until frost.
Start seeds indoors, under lights, 6 weeks before your last frost date. Transplant hardened-off seedlings into the garden after all danger of frost has past. Plant them 16 inches apart along the north end of your garden in front of the trellis. Tie the vines to the trellis as the plant grows. Prune out the lower branches to aid in air circulation. Water regularly if rainfall is scarce. Plants need about 1 inch of water weekly once they are actively growing.
Do you like your salsa mild or hot? For hot salsa, select varieties of chili peppers such as Jalapeno, Serrano, or Habanera. If you prefer mild salsa, opt for bell peppers and mix with a mildly hot pepper like Anaheim. Four different pepper plants will allow you to mix, match, and experiment with a variety of salsa flavors.
Start seeds indoors, under lights, 8 weeks before your last frost date. Transplant hardened-off seedlings into the garden after all danger of frost has past. Space pepper plants at least 12 inches apart. Use small tomato cages to help support the plants. Water regularly if rainfall is scarce. Plants need about 1 inch of water weekly once they are actively growing.
Onion flavors range from sweet to pungent. Select onion varieties that grow well in your area. Grow from seed or small bulbs in the spring. Space onions 4 inches apart or place 9 per square foot.
Garlic is usually planted in the fall for larger bulbs, but it can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked. The spring grown bulbs will be smaller, but will taste the same. Space fall planted garlic 6 per square foot and spring planted garlic 9 per square foot.
Another option to add garlic flavor to your salsa is to purchase a garlic chive plant, which we carry at Martha’s Bloomers. Chopped garlic chives will add a nice, mild garlic flavor to your salsa and will make a nice addition to your salsa garden.
Cilantro adds a nice, fresh zing to salsa. Cilantro matures quickly, especially in warm weather, so to keep a continuous supply of cilantro available for your fresh salsa, grow a slow bolt variety, such as Cilantro Long Standing and keep seeding every 3 weeks.
Direct sow cilantro seeds in one square, 4 inches apart or 9 per square foot. Cover seeds with ½ an inch of soil and keep moist. Sow another round in the next square 3 weeks later, then the next 3 weeks after that, and then the next. Keep rotating and this will maintain a steady supply of fresh cilantro growing and ready for harvest for your salsa.
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Wonderful Baby Shower! I don’t think I can say enough about how wonderful my experience was in working with Bonnie on coordinating my sisters baby shower at the tea room. From switching rooms the week before, and the number attending changing almost daily, which effected food count. She was incredibly sweet, and gracious and just all around lovely to work with. The service and food were excellent and their signature Tea, oh my, it is Delicious! Many of us purchased some on our way out. I only wi…
Took a trip here today, and color me impressed. The place is pretty country kitschy, but it is warm, welcoming, and the folks working here were super friendly. I agree with a previous review that the selection was less than one should expect, but for now I’m going to chalk that up to it being January. The nice woman I spoke with said all sorts of cool things would be coming in this spring, so I look forward to many return visits, because it is the closest place to BCS with interesting plants…eve…
This place has the best salad plate I have ever had. Five or six different kinds of salad, each very good. Loved the view of the nursery. Service slow, but who cares when you’re in such a pretty place.
Staff was courteous and friendly. Plants in garden shop were beautiful.
This is a fabulous place to go for the afternoon to shop and eat fine food in a fabulous indoor or outdoor atmosphere.
I don’t get to make the drive down from College Station to Martha’s Bloomers as often as I would like. I love bringing a friend for lunch or for a well-deserved afternoon dessert. I’ve always had good food here, and quite a few yummy desserts. I enjoy browsing the nursery and grounds as well.
We love this place!!! The food is wonderful and the shop always has interesting and unique things!!!
My daughter and I have made a tradition of lunching at Martha’s Bloomers Tea Room to celebrate her birthday. Food and service are excellent and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. And for sure, don’t skip dessert !