Side of Gardening
Most people picture the average gardener as some sweet septuagenarian
working in her garden while speaking nicely to herself – or possibly
her cat. And while gardening is a great hobby for anyone – it’s low
impact, uses a variety of muscle groups, and it’s generally low stress.
However, there’s another side to gardening as well – and this side is
going to spice things up. This garden isn’t your average flower bed.
Today we are going to talk about making a hot and spicy salsa garden!
Salsa is a highly underrated and underappreciated condiment. Most people
know they can put salsa on Tex-Mex dishes like enchiladas and tacos.
But they don’t realize that salsa is a great way to spice up their bland
morning eggs. Grill masters don’t realize that salsa adds another layer
of flavor to an already-delicious burger. Or for a carb-conscious –
yet delicious – meal, try putting salsa on a cooked chicken breast and
taste the flavor come to life.
That being said, not all salsas are equal. There are hundreds of different
brands, strengths, and flavors available at the grocery store. However,
the best of these is not found in a store – it’s the homemade salsa.
And the best homemade salsa is not only homemade – but it’s home grown.
The taste of a crisp, fresh salsa made with ingredients grown in your
own back yard is something that cannot be beat.
There are, of course, a plethora of recipes out there. Many of them
are based on the same basic recipe. Here is a list of some of the vegetables
you will need in your garden.
First, make sure to find tomatoes to use as the base. There is a great
deal of different kinds out there. Find plump, ripe tomatoes to start
the salsa. I recommend using the starters that most nurseries sell.
Just transplant them according to the instructions and be prepared to
stake them – that is, to tie them to a supporting stick. Otherwise the
tomatoes are too heavy for the plant and they pull it over.
Second, plant your garlic and onion. These must be grown in loose soil,
so if you live in an area with clay or a similar condition, make sure
to buy some appropriate planting soil at the nursery.
Third, all good salsa needs some chili peppers. Peppers are generally
easy to grow – especially when purchasing the starters from a nursery.
If you plant several kinds, you can mix and match them when it comes
time to make your fresh salsa. Also, don’t just limit yourself to hot
peppers, even the mild ones can add a great taste and texture to your
final salsa product.
Those are the basic ingredients of any salsa. If you mix those together,
you will have a nice bland salsa. So if you are the great gardener everyone
says you are – where is that herb garden. A compliment of dill, parsley,
cilantro, cumin, and other spices can add another dimension to your
salsa. In addition, if you pick these fresh, they make your salsa more
fresh and more flavorful.
So, grab your shovel and trowel and set to work as the great gardener.
When your neighbor comes by, let him know you are planting salsa. And
when harvest comes, he can come and enjoy the fresh, robust salsa that
you’ve been working on all summer!
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