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Mar 17, 2010
Simple themes for tasty harvests
Jessie Atchison  Burpee Home Gardens Brand Manager, 2008-2010

Yum! Tasty, fresh salsa ... and you grew it yourself!

The first rule of veggie gardening is to plant things you and your family enjoy eating. (It sounds simple, but a lot of people really do get hung up on what on earth they should plant.) One way to approach choosing your plants is to think about how you want to prepare them…pizza sauce, perhaps, or just a really tasty, fresh salad? Maybe you eat tomatoes like apples – whatever you like, just go for it. Simple themes also make it extra-fun to garden with your kids. Check out these easy ideas for starters:

Pizza Garden
Whether you’re using them for sauce or just for toppings, these veggies and herbs give you familiar pizza flavor.

- Tomatoes
- Sweet peppers
- Onions
- Basil
- Oregano
- Thyme

TIP: Try planting your garden in a circle and giving each plant its own “slice.”

Salsa Garden
This classic combination makes it easy to prepare fresh salsa, right from your own garden. For even more flavor, pick up some avocados and make guacamole!

- Tomatoes
- Sweet peppers
- Hot peppers
- Onions
- Cilantro

TIP: Cilantro tends to “bolt” (flower) as summer temperatures heat up, and the flavor really goes downhill after flowering starts. So, here’s a trick: plant couple plants every few weeks so that you can get fresh, leafy cilantro throughout the season.

Reader Comments (2)
I love cilantro but our summer temps reach over 100. Can I grow it indoors?
Monday, June 13, 2011 | Nancy
Herbs can be grown indoors. Many kitchen herb gardens are thriving year round! You'll still need to find a way to give them 6+ hours of sunlight, either in a sunny window or with supplemental grow lights. The herbs will also need a moderate temperture of over 70-75 degrees and adequate moisture.

Growing herbs in your area outdoors may mean sowing at different times of the year. You may want to check out your nearby university extension website for regional recommendations on timing to get the best performance from your plants.

Happy Gardening!
Monday, June 13, 2011 | Burpee Home Gardens
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