2014 Garden Plans: Bed 10 – Salsa Garden

Last year we had a Pizza Garden, this year we have a Salsa Garden. The thing that is kind of fun about the Salsa Garden this year is that we are doing it in Bed 10, which is one of the (ostensibly) 4′ x 4′ gardens. Lots of home gardeners plant gardens that size, but we usually use our small beds for miscellaneous things rather than for a themed garden. For instance, Bed 9 has horseradish and rhubarb.

Bed 10 is actually 4’6″ x 3’10”, so not quite square. It doesn’t really change anything important though, because we still had to be very judicious with how we used the space.

Bed 10 (2)We decided to go with two roma tomatoes, a jalapeno, onions, and cilantro.

‘MiRoma’ is a red roma tomato that yields 5 oz. fruit on a determinate plant.

‘Golden Fresh Salsa’ is a yellow roma tomato with 3-5 oz. fruit, also on a determinate plant. The fruit are supposed to be very meaty without lots of seed gel (locular gel!) that can make salsa runny.

‘Chichimeca’ Jalapeno is a larger pepper with a kick of heat to it. We didn’t want a jalapeno that didn’t have any spice! This pepper is large for a jalapeno, with fruit about 2″ wide and 4″ long. It also is supposed to start producing earlier than other jalapenos.

For the onions, we decided to use the rest of the bunch of ‘Red Marble’ cippolinis we will be planting in the Italian garden in the spring. We will follow with probably the bunching onions from the Italian garden in the fall.

The cilantro will be planted in the early spring and once it blooms and goes to seed, we will pull it out and replant in the fall. It’s kind of a bummer that cilantro won’t grow during the peak tomato season here, but if we still have tomatoes in September, that will work out okay.

Stay tuned for a little bit more about the herbs and flowers!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on February 20, 2014, in Garden Planning and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I was just going to ask if the plants could all be harvested together. We planted a salsa garden one summer and the cilantro was gorgeous for about a week. The tomatoes weren’t successful that year (I think it was too hot… or too buggy… or something!), but nothing could hurt the jalapenos! They thrived.

  2. Yeah, the cilantro is almost never really nice at the same time as the tomatoes. The onions will also be harvested at a different time. Nothing is as easy as you think it should be!

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