A fresh Take on Salsa

For a couple of years now, I have been wanting to have a garden.  I have always been so jealous of all those green thumb people that share all their fresh veggies all summer long (and I am grateful for the veggies!).  Then a few years ago, my precious brother-in-law and sister-in-law started gardening.  And let me tell you, they have become pretty dang good at it!  Again, the jealousy…Smile 

So what’s the problem you say?  Just start your own garden.  Tons of people do it.  Well….here is the problem….I have a BLACK thumb!  I kill everything!  Hubs just can’t see spending the money on a garden that I will kill….and I see his point.  BUT, this year I finally convinced him…here’s how:

1.  Start small – I just asked for one 4×4 raised garden bed.

2.  Plant with a Purpose – I wanted a salsa garden.  Both my boys LOVE homemade salsa!

3.  Plant for the future – last summer I learned to can, and I presented the plan of making a salsa garden, making homemade salsa, and canning it to last us through the winter.

Finally, he caved. Smile  So this summer, for my birthday, my amazing husband took me to get all the fixings for a good salsa garden.

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We racked up with wood, soil, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and much more!  We came home and hubs built our box Smile  What you see below is round two!  We started with one layer, and Harley ran right through the garden.  So we added a higher layer in hopes of keeping her out….more on that later.

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I have been watering and tending to my sweet little garden every day – hoping to prove that I can do this too!  Surprise, Surprise – We are already getting some fruits of our labor!

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Spicy Bell Pepper

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Beefcake Cherry Tomatoes

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Onions! Yippe!

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Yellow squash

Our biggest worry the whole time has been the dogs.  We were more worried that Willow would try to eat the vegetables, but so far so good on that end.  Our unforeseen issue was Harley thinking we had built her a personal sandbox!  After building a second layer high, we still ended up having to put chicken fencing around the garden to keep crazy Harley out.  Now we seem to have it figured out. Smile

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Willow while I am watering the garden – this girl loves the water!

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Now I am just crossing my fingers in hopes to get enough veggies out of the garden to actually make some salsa Smile  Stay tuned…

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