Salsa Garden

I was in Big Lots this weekend and ran across a $5 Salsa Garden Grow Kit.  I do not now, nor have I ever had any experience growing vegetables.  The closest I’ve come to growing anything was when I reanimated some Sea Monkeys in the 7th grade.  This, my friends, will keep us in blog material for the entire growing season.  I’m going to need your help if these dudes have a sliver of a chance of growing to fruition.

The kit comes complete with pepper, cilantro, and tomato seeds; a bag of “growing medium;” and a galvanized planter.  The instructions amount to a couple of paragraphs on the back of the cardboard packaging.

The instructions said to empty most of the growing medium into the planter, reserving 1/2 cup to cover the seeds.  Next, I was told to add 12 ounces of water to the medium and stir.  It almost sounds like making a meal replacement muffin.

Next, I divided the planter into three areas and sprinkled 15 of each seed into the respective zones.  Like the packaging, I put peppers on the left, cilantro in the center, and tomatoes on the right.  There were extra seeds that kept in their pouches and sealed in a Ziploc bag for the inevitable second attempt.

Next, I gently pushed the seeds into the soil, covered them with the remaining soil, and misted it lightly with water.  Ta-da! Bucket of dirt.

Who has any expertise to share?

4 thoughts on “Salsa Garden

  1. DERay says:

    Just remember that the peppers need the most light and the least fussing. The cilantro needs the most fussing. Try not to handle the tomato stems and leaves too much- they bruise easily.

    • I thought the tomatoes would need more sun than the peppers.

      • DERay says:

        Tomatoes are the divas of the typical veg garden- lots of light, but not too much light (really it’s the heat from strong direct sunlight, or something like that- they will yellow and curl like they are wilting), soil that’s not really compatable with the rest of your garden (they need high acid content), only moderate water (but on some sort of schedule that only the tomato plant has), they don’t want you touching too much, and they attract all sorts of creeps (cutworms, mosaic, etc.). Peppers just about cannot get too much light, do well in a range of soils (they actually tend to do better in the poorer, drier soils), and you can throw water at them just whenever.

        Make sure that your peppers and tomatoes have enough space (if every seed you planted comes up, you will probably need to pull out a few so that the others aren’t crowded).

  2. DERay says:

    Oh, and yes, the peppers can technically get by with less light than the tomatoes, but its better to give them all you can.

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