Salsa Time is upon us! Spring is here and it’s time to get tomatoes and peppers planted. You want to have all the essentials to make salsa. If there is one thing we can all agree on, tomatoes and peppers grown at home just taste better!. There are so many varieties, it makes it hard to choose. You might love, Celebrity tomatoes, while your friend swears by Juliette tomatoes. I may love Bell Peppers and my neighbor may choose Gypsy Peppers! When you plant your tomatoes and bell peppers you might want to add cilantro, basil and oregano as well. Tomatoes, Peppers and herbs are great companions and thrive when planted together.
Salsa Time – Tomatoes
Some are small, some are large and they come in lots of colors. With so many varieties you never have to settle for less than the best! When you are trying to decide which variety is right for your garden, there are 4 things to think about. First, what are their growth habits? Second, how long will it take them to grow? Third, are they disease resistant? But most importantly, how do they taste?
When choosing a tomato variety think about how much space you have. If you are limited on space then you might want to grow a determinate variety. They are usually 2 to 3 feet tall and ripen quickly. If you have wide open spaces and plenty of room you might want to grow an indeterminate variety. They can get very tall and require some sort of support whether it’s tomato cages or stakes. You will also want to be aware of the plants time to maturity since tomatoes can take anywhere from 45 days to a full 90 days to reach maturity. Make sure you know the growth habits for the variety you pick and know the growing season for your area. Tomatoes can be susceptible to disease, make sure you are using a good organic fertilizer to keep your plants healthy. Finally, make sure you get a tomato that works for the way you like to eat them! You may want tomatoes for salads primarily so you might want to get grape or cherry tomatoes. You may want them for sandwiches so you may want a beefsteak or juliette tomatoes. You may want them for Salsa or Pizza sauce so you might want to get celebrity or roma tomatoes. There is no wrong pick since the joy of growing your own makes them taste even better!
Salsa Time – Peppers
Peppers are quickly becoming a mainstay in the garden since the varieties available are so diverse. There are so many unique varieties you’re sure to find one you love. Plus adding them to your garden is easy since peppers favor the same growing conditions as tomatoes. They also make great companion plants for your tomatoes. Just like tomatoes make sure you use an organic fertilize on them. You will need to give them support with a tomato cage or stake as well. To keep your pepper plants producing all season long make sure you are harvesting on a regular basis. Having several variety of peppers in your garden assures you of always having just the perfect accent for whatever meal you are cooking up.
We can’t wait to see you in the garden and find out what tomato you decide is the best!
Gardener’s Supply Company