How to Plant a Container Salsa Garden

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What’s your favorite veggie to grow (and eat)?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. Ashley

    I adore radishes because they are so EASY. Seed to harvest in 30 days. I keep a rotation of them going in a raised bed. So gratifying!

  2. Courtney

    My favorite to grow and eat is definitely tomato, although I am pretty fond of Bibb lettuce, too. I love being able to pick a salad for dinner. Thanks for the chance!

  3. HeyBeckyJ

    My favorite crops are cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas, both because my kids love to eat them right off the plant. I started gardening because I wanted to share the experience with my kids, so seeing them enjoying the “fruits” of our labor makes it all worth it!

  4. Maria

    Thank you for the post! I always enjoy your updates on gardening, given that you have a lovely home farm/garden going (our dream for the future). My favorite plants are strawberry and cucumber, but we’ve had difficulty growing them in AZ (not enough cool weather for them). On the other hand, radishes, zucchini and various types of tomatoes are so gratifying, as they produce very well and giant zucchini flowers are gorgeous. We joke around that we can be radish farmers as they are so easy to grow 🙂 Thank you again for the post and sweepstakes. Keep writing!

  5. Emily

    Tomatoes and peppers are my favorite to grow!
    We are going to try a few more this summer like cilantro, cucumbers, and carrots!

  6. Tomatoes all the way! They just taste so much better than store-bought.

    Heh, we used to do container gardening at our old place, and one year I couldn’t figure out why my plants were dying….until I caught my dog using the container as a bed. That’s what I get for hogging the sunniest spot.

  7. Kim

    I love tomatoes! They are so good right off the plant. Also like to mix up a tomato salad with some quality olive oil and feta cheese.

  8. Kristin Q

    I love growing cucumbers. Nothing like fresh, crisp cucumber salad in the summer time and pickles all winter long!

  9. Renee

    We usually just grow herbs, but this year we added bibb lettuce, spinach, cucumber, zucchini & tomato. I think I’ll have a hard time choosing a favorite, though 😉

  10. Fun! I’ve had great luck with Burpee seeds in the past, great company! And I love GREEN BEANS!!! And in true Hoosier tradition I boil them with a piece of bacon and a little butter and they are the most tasty thing ever. YUM!

  11. I actually just started container gardening so this post was fantastic! I’m obsessed with growing plants in my tiny apartment patio, and love being able to eat what we grow! My favorite would have to be jalapenos — we go through them like crazy!

  12. Elizabeth

    I have just started container growing with miniature basil. I would love to grow maters. My favorite veggie to eat is all of them!

  13. Jennifer T

    It’s so hard to choose! Tomatoes are magical, but I would have to say I love growing greens! Here in California I can grow greens year round for the most part so I love having a selection of lettuces, kale, spinach and chard at the ready!

  14. Allison H

    I agree with the majority of posts that tomatoes are great to grow! They taste so much better than store-bought. I am also a huge fan of pesto, so I grow tons of basil!

  15. Emily Wollner

    So fun! I have plans to grow pickeling cucumbers on my balcony this summer so that I can make some sun pickles. I love the idea of a salsa garden — I might have to add that to the mix!

  16. Lisa

    i have had great success with cherry tomatoes on our back stoop. We are starting a small garden this year and I can’t wait! Glad you haven’t planted yet either – I don’t feel quite so behind now 🙂

  17. Neena

    I love growing and eating tomatoes. Last year, I had great success with stunning and delicious Purple Cherokee tomatoes. I live in the south which means salted, sliced, garden-fresh tomatoes on (traditionally white) bread with a slathering of Duke’s mayo – which is still one of my favorite summertime meals.

  18. It’s an herb, not a veggie, but I love growing basil. There are so many varieties to choose from, and I love using it in nearly everything!

  19. Jennifer

    Tomatoes! I love me some tomatoes and even better straight out of the garden. I also love the part where i get to can them and make them into salsa or different sauces.

  20. My favorite veggies to grow are zucchini and squash! I plant them every year in our garden. We also plant tomatoes, a variety of peppers, eggplant, cucumbers!

  21. Brandy R

    Tomatoes! This year I have Big Boy, Early Girl, German Queen, Mr. Stripey, yellow cherry, super sweet 100, and Black Krim. I’m dreaming of my first tomato sandwich and cucumber tomatoe salads!

  22. Samantha

    I love in nyc and I’ve been dying to try growing small tomatoes on my windowsill but I’m afraid they won’t get enough sun! I’ve also never seen a gardening store in NYC so I don’t know where to buy a plant. You’ve motivated me to start looking though!

  23. Meg S

    I’m trying so many different things this year! We live in a tiny apartment with a tiny porch so we’re just trying to work with the space we’ve got. Right now, we’re growing turnip greens, peas, spinach, arugula, radishes, okra, and tomatoes. After this post, I’m definitely going to try some peppers. I want to try cilantro but I’ve just never had any luck with it!

  24. Sarahd

    We’ve just planted our VERY FIRST real garden ever. It does have tomatoes and peppers but now I really want to add cilantro, too! This weekend:).

  25. Alaina

    Oh, my! Any veggies grown at home are worlds apart from their grocery store counterparts – so much more flavor! Love tomatoes (cuz they are easy and soooo sweet!) and any fresh herbs I can get my hands on! I’m looking to expand my garden to be able to preserve more for the winter months, so we’ll see how that goes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Amy

    This container garden post was perfect for me. We have tried a garden for the past few years and it just became a weed fest. I am only doing a few things in containers this year & skipping the big garden. Nothing is better than a fresh warm tomato from the garden! Thanks for a chance to win!

  27. Carolyn

    I started my first garden a week ago using the square foot gardening method. I am SO EXCITED (I already have some plants shooting up!) and I’d love to try my hand at a salsa container. :p

  28. Lynzie

    Tomatoes and zucchini are my favorites to grow, because they’re so easy that they make me feel like I know what I’m doing, but strawberries are my favorite to eat. There’s just something about fresh strawberries, still warm from the sun, straight from the garden!

    1. Gina M

      i love growing and eating bell peppers!! it is so satisfying to see them grow,

      Thanks for the chance to win!
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  29. heather

    The thing that I love most about gardening is being one with nature and eating fresh healthy veggies that we grow ourselves. My favorite thing to grow is tomatoes we can never have enough of those.

  30. Julie Wood

    My favorite vege to grow and eat is my cherry tomatoes and my regular tomatoes! They taste so much better than the stores!

  31. Margot C

    I grow arugula in a huge patch, It’s easy to grow (I suspect that in another life it might have been a weed) and very tasty.

  32. I just love your gardening posts! I have serious garden envy from your typical posts as I live in a condo in the city, but this post gave me a bit of hope! I have been trying container gardening, but this year I just moved to a condo that faces east, so we only get morning sun. Through your gardening history, can you think of anything that I may be able to grow with limited sun?? I read that greens (spinach, kale, etc.) may have a chance… Any insight you could offer would be awesome. Thank you!!

    1. Cassie

      Definitely greens! Especially in the summer, they’ll actually appreciate the limited, cooler sun. You should be able to grow lettuce, spinach, kale, and chard with just a handful of sunny hours. In fact, you’ll probably be able to harvest greens a lot longer into the summer than most people!

  33. Rebecca

    My favorite things to grow would be ingredients for fresh salsa! Tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapenos are some of our favorites.

  34. Katherine D.

    I’m currently growing basil and green onions on my porch, but I would love to add tomatoes. I appreciated your answer to another commenter about morning sun veggies; I may try out some greens next year!

  35. Carolsue

    My favorite thing to grow is tomatoes. I especially like the little cherry tomatoes so I can just eat them as a snack.
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  36. Cynthia C

    I don’t have much sun in my yard, but my dad grows tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, dill, sweet basil and parsley for all of the family.

  37. I have always found gardening therapeutic. I love growing flowers, but I just started a fruit and vegetable garden not too long ago. I eventually want to start an herbal garden (i.e. cilantro, basil, thyme, mint, etc.). 🙂

  38. I am inspired by this post, as I will have to rely on some container gardening at my new home. I haven’t planted anything yet but I’m thinking strawberries!!!

  39. Red Peppers!

    I am growing some Burpee plants too! I am growing the Salsa hybrid tomatoes, the sweet cherry stuffer hybrid and the large hot cherry peppers. Its my first time growing these so hopefully they do well. Yours look great. I’m glad the weather is finally staying warm! We had a couple late frosts here in Michigan.

  40. Chi Shannon

    I don’t, personally, grow any veggies, but I love to see them growing! Especially tomatoes, which are one of my favorites to eat 🙂

  41. Jessica Gipson

    This has been a very good season for our family garden. We have gotten our share of rain in the south which has resulted into a plentiful of veggies (Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and bell pepper). I’m amazed at our raised bed garden.

  42. Charlene

    My favorite to eat and grow, is green peppers. I am hoping to try a few more vegetables this year like tomatoes and carrots.

  43. Betty C

    I like growing salad veggies – tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, radishes. And they are so good for stir fry too.

  44. Debbie B

    we love growing fresh tomatoes – we like eating them and we also like to can some to use during the colder months when we make soup or chili

  45. Crystal F

    We don’t have a garden now but we have grown tomatoes before. It is my hubby’s favorite to grow and eat. Thankyou!

  46. Sarah L

    I love having fresh herbs. I have oregano and sage and mint in my little garden. Love eating fresh zucchini.
    Thanks for the contest.

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Michelle! That’s actually not something you need to worry about it, as cross-pollination between different varieties of nightshades is rare. But even if they do cross-pollinate, it would only affect the second generation (or fruit grown from the seeds of what you harvest). So unless you’re seed saving, it’s not something to be concerned about. And even if you are seed saving, it’s so rare that it’s still likely not a concern. Good news for salsa gardens everywhere!

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