Make your own salsa using fresh ingredients from this planting plan. Plant yours with two tomatoes, or try tomatillos for salsa verde. Onions, cilantro, and peppers round out the sweet and spicy Latin flavors.

Planting the 4 x 4 – foot Bed

Take inspiration from these planting options. The plan allows for some interpretation depending on your taste. These plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! Following spacing on the plant labels, adding a few more plants than we have pictured if the spacing allows.

Plant a raised bed with ingredients for salsa.
A raised bed with ingredients for salsa.

Area 1 – Cilantro and Onions

• 4 Cilantro
• 22 Red onions
• 10 White onions (we used Georgia Sweet)

Area 2 – Peppers

• 1 Jalapeno pepper (with cage or trellis)
• 1 Red Bell pepper (with cage or trellis)

Area 3 – Tomatoes or Tomatillos

Choose either tomatoes or tomatillos. You must have two tomatillo plants for cross-pollination.

• 2 large red tomatoes (such as Celebrity or Amelia, with cage or trellis)
• 2 Tomatillos (with cage or trellis)

Salsa garden key.

For excellent results, fill your bed with premium quality raised bed soil, such as Miracle-Gro® Raised Bed Soil, which is just the right weight and texture for raised bed growing. If you want to expand your garden, place two 4 x 4 beds symmetrical on either side of a 3 to 4-foot path, wide enough for you and your tools. Try an Easy Summer Garden or Sweet & Spicy Pepper Garden for the second bed. Feed plants with Miracle-Gro® Shake ‘n Feed® Tomato, Fruit & Vegetable Plant Food to ensure they get all the nutrition they need.