Grow your own Salsa Garden

Once we got our hands on the Bernardin Fiesta Salsa recipe, we could not resist the urge to share how to grow your own salsa garden! It is rewarding to pick your ingredients and have control over what goes into your recipe.

The first step is to choose a location that receives five to six hours of sun in your outdoor space to plant the veggies, or place your containers. When your vegetables and herbs are ready to be harvested, give them a quick wash after being picked.

Dice tomatoes, peppers and onions; chop up the herbs you desire. Then it is as easy as mixing the ingredients together and following a recipe such as the by Bernardin or experimenting with your taste buds.

Sweet Peppers

California Wonder Peppers are available in Organic and patio planters. Green peppers turn red after maturing (60-70 days) and bring a mouthful of juicy sweetness when used in recipes.

Fresh picked jalapenosHot peppers

There are a few different levels of heat when it comes to hot peppers, depending on what you prefer to cook with.

Jalapeno: If you are looking for a mild heat and the classic taste of Jalapeno peppers, we carry an organic variety that will be sure to impress your taste buds.
Big Sun Habanero: A thick-walled pepper that brings a fruity taste and a habanero heat – the perfect hot pepper for salsa.
Scotch Bonnet (Jamaican Hot Pepper): a very popular hot pepper that is full of Caribbean flavour.
The Reaper: This scorching pepper is an offshoot of the 2014 Guinness World Record Hottest Tested Pepper. It’s a mouthful of cinnamon and a ton of heat.


Tomatoes

When planning your tomatoes, it’s always good to have a variety. Cherry tomatoes are perfect for a salad garden (read our blog post here for growing your salad garden), but for salsa and other meals, you might want a meatier tomato.

Roma: Small plum shaped tomatoes are meaty and carry fewer seeds than other varieties. Available in Organic and patio planters.
Beefsteak: One of the most conventional tomatoes grown in gardens is the Beefsteak. Juicy, tasty large tomatoes bring much flavour to salsa dishes. It ripens early and will produce until frost.
Heirloom Taxi: this golden tomato is less acidic and sweet compared to other varieties. It would be a sweet flavour in a mango salsa, or if you enjoy your recipes on the softer side.

Onions

You can grow red or white onions for your salsa garden; our favourite Red Redwing Onion has a dark red skin, with juicy rings. It has an extended storage period, and the flavour will hold. As for a white onion, the popular Spanish Walla Walla variety will provide a sweet, mild flavour to your dishes.

Herbs

Cilantro, basil and parsley are the best herbs to grow to add to your salsa recipes. They can all be grown in beds, or in containers as long as they receive a minimum of sunlight for five hours. Be careful not to over water, this can cause damage to the roots which will harm the plant. Read about growing herbs.


Garlic

For added flavour, try growing your own garlic. When it comes to growing, it is planted in the fall for summer harvest. In mid-October, you can prepare the soil by mixing in lots of compost a couple of weeks before planting. Plant cloves 6 inches apart, with the pointed end facing up 3-4 inches deep.

Garlic and Onions

 

Learn more on getting your veggie patch ready for the season.