4 x 4-foot Homemade Salsa Garden

Grow a salsa garden.

Homemade salsa can't be beat. The ingredients are easy to grow together in this Salsa Garden.

Plant a raised bed with ingredients for salsa.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.

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 Pepper Garden for the second bed.

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 salsa garden with cilantro, onions, tomatoes or tomatillos, and peppers. Use this detailed planting plan.

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)


fire sprinkler

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I am trying to plan an edible 4×8 garden that will survive in the AZ heat. Luckily, it will only get morning sun, but I am struggling to find plants that won’t mind the heat. (I do have a drip sprinkler as well)

Mary Beth

Hi Cat. A little afternoon shade and a drip irrigation system for your plants will be a good idea in your AZ garden. You might also be interested in the varieties of heat-tolerant tomatoes we carry, such as Solar Fire. Of course, no tomatoes will pollinate successfully to fruit in 100+ degree temps, but these are better suited for your area when it cools off slightly. Peppers, basil, and eggplant also thrive in hot climes. Okra, too. Here’s an article about warm season crops from which you might choose. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants


Wondering what I did wrong, all of my cilantro is going to seed while my tomatoes are still green. Should I have waited to plant the cilantro?

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Cheryl,

You’re not doing anything wrong! A lot of people are surprised to learn that cilantro prefers cool weather, because we associate it with summer flavors like salsa. But it’s true. Cilantro will go to seed when the weather heats up. You can let your plant reseed and grow back next year, or you can pull it up and plant a new cilantro plant in the fall. You can also harvest the seeds, called coriander (see my reply to Sean’s comment for info on how to harvest the coriander seed). Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants


Despite me knowing this is a ridiculous question…I couldnt do this on a terrace, could I?
Just a few more details…I live on the 25th floor and it can get windy. Anything would help! I’m really into organic living now and want to maximize any potential in my space! Thanks in advance!

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi LP,

Plenty of people grow vegetables in urban spaces such as terraces and even rooftops. Read our rooftop gardening article to see one awesome example! If I am picturing your terrace correctly, it might be hard to plant a salsa garden in a 4×4 bed, but you can certainly plant the same plants in a collection of containers! Read through our Container Gardening section for more info on growing in containers. Be sure to choose lightweight pots that won’t put too much weight on your balcony. Keep your plants well watered to protect from wind damage, and you may also need to experiment with wind-breaks if the wind proves troublesome. Let us know how it grows!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants


Just curious as to what the yield in terms of salsa (fresh &/or canned) could be expected from a 4×4 garden . Thanks for sharing the wealth of info for the gardener in us all!! 😀 ba

Kelly Smith

Hi BA,

I am not sure how much salsa the garden will make, but I do have some yield info from our 2011 Trial Garden that might help.

70 Jalapeno Pepper
12 Red Bell Pepper
43 Celebrity Tomato
37 Amelia Tomato
14 Red Onion
4 White Onion
Several bunches of cilantro

Keep in mind that our trial garden is in full sun with regular watering and a full four-month growing season, but even if your own yields are a little less, that’s still a lot of ingredients for salsa!

Let us know how your garden grows!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants


I live in Maryland, is it too late to plant a salsa garden?

Kelly Smith

Hi Michele,

It’s a perfect time for you to plant a Salsa Garden! If you happen to have a late frost, just be sure to cover those peppers and tomatoes. Otherwise, you should be ready to plant, grow, and make some salsa. Let us know how it grows!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Sam Hancock

Planted strawberries in small child’s swimming pool. Doing great.

Emanuel Kennell

Any central Florida 4×4 gardeners? How is it going for you.

mary stone

trying to use material at hand (several kiddie wadding pools) placed drain holes in bottom, planted either eggplant or tomato in center- place cage upside down-, 4 squash (N,E,S & W)… Patty pan,yellow and/or zuccinni & filled in w/onions (2 varieties).. have one with several kinds of peppers also. can’t wait to harvest.

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