Linda Shively from Farmington Gardens in Beaverton joined us today with a fun project to do with our kids or grandkids: grow your own salsa garden!
She also showed off a mojito bowl and told us how easy it is to put one together!
For more information about Farmington Gardens, check out their website.
- Patio tomato – choose a determinate variety of tomato. These do well in containers – not so large and “viney”. Give it a little support, with a bamboo stake or round tomato cage.
- Jalapeno peppers – or other hot peppers for some sizzle. I like to put a stake next to these at planting time – they will need it later when the peppers get heavy, and it is good to insert it when you don’t have to disturb the root system.
- Sweet red bell pepper – to add a sweet crunch – give this one a little support too.
- Walla Walla onions – these are our local sweet onion. Will mature to a large round onion, but can also be picked in the green onion stage. That is why these are planted close together – we will harvest and thin them out at the same time.
- Cilantro – the favorite herb for salsa. This herb is very easy to grow from seed – just scatter over your soil and water in. It will be less likely to bolt and go to seed by starting it from seed rather than transplants.
Soil: Use fresh potting soil, not dirt from your backyard. You need loose, well-draining soil for container gardens.
Light: This garden will thrive in full sunshine – give it a minimum of 8 hours of sun per day.
Vegetables are heavy feeders – a tomato plant can produce 20 pounds of tomatoes! So of course they will need lots of fertilizer. Plant them with a good handful of EB Stone Organic Fertilizer and some dolomite lime in each hole. Give them a sprinkling of EB Stone Organic Vegetable fertilizer once a month throughout the season, scratch in with your fingers, and water well.
Type of Pot to Use:
This Salsa Garden has lots going on in it, so we need a wide, large pot to hold it all. This pot is high fire clay, which will hold up for years without cracking. I like the terra cotta color for this collection. It would also be possible to grow each of these items in individual pots instead of as a collection.
Contains: 4 kinds of mint:
- Mint Julep spearmint
- Orange Mint
- Use fresh potting soil, for good drainage.
- Fertilize with organic fertilizer at time of planting.
- Water well.
- Place in sunny location.
- When harvesting, pinch back to branching nodes – that will encourage the plant to be short and bushy instead of long and leggy.