Creating a salsa garden is the perfect summer project and it is a great one to do with kids. This simple salsa garden is so easy that you can not screw it up and you’ll have beautiful, fresh veggies to use for making homemade salsa all summer long.
My kids love anything that grows. They are farmers at heart.
They have been begging me to help them plant a salsa garden so they can have fresh salsa whenever they want it (stick around to the end of the post for our favorite homemade salsa recipe).
The only problem is my life is super busy. With 6 kids and a full-time work at home job I tend to kill anything that doesn’t hand me a plate and ask for food.
We used to have a gorgeous garden that was filled with our favorite veggies but as our family grew it just became too much to handle.
A salsa garden is much more manageable. We can stick to a few basics, tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, and leave the idea of a big garden for a slower phase of life.
Gardening is a great activity for kids because:
- It gets them out in nature.
- It keeps them active.
- It teaches them where their food comes from.
- It encourages them to try new fruits and vegetables.
The Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Project has some great tips for getting kids started with a garden of their own and their new Gro-ables seed pods are perfect for kids (or black-thumbed adults).
Each seed pod is guaranteed to grow so you know your child will have success. That made them the perfect choice for our salsa garden.
I love that they have the instructions right on the pod so that someone, like me, who is a bit out of practice gardening has everything they need.
That saves me from getting lost for hours on Pinterest and coming up with no gardening tips but lots of ways to make an insanely complicated birthday cake.
The seed pods each include everything they need to grow: non-GMO seeds, growing material, plant food, and a biodegradable shell.
All you have to do is push them into the dirt so we filled up our planting containers and my kids pushed one pod into each container.
The biodegradable shell will eventually disappear and soon we should have the ingredients we need to make fresh salsa.
Ready for our favorite salsa recipe?
Fresh Garden Salsa
We love fresh salsa during the summer and it’s even better when the ingredients come from your own garden.
- 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped roasted red bell pepper
- 3 Tbsp. jalapeños, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients and let them sit in the fridge for several hours so the flavors can combine.
This keeps for up to a week in the fridge but ours never lasts that long.