Salsa Garden Grove

Salsa garden

After running the Flying Pirate Half Marathon on Sunday, April 10, I took this past Monday off from work. My initial plan was rest up and use it as a recovery day. That’s not how it turned out.

I started the morning off with a recovery run. And it was painful. I forced myself take it easy and do a 3-mile lap at Lake Johnson. After my jog, I ran some errands. I eventually made it to Logan’s to make my vegetable selections for the season.

There was a variety of tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables to choose from. Since I’ve focused on tomatoes and peppers over the last few years, I went with what I knew. Here is what I picked out.

Salsa Garden 2Tomatoes:

  • Red Cherry
  • Better Boy
  • Rutgers
  • Celebrity
  • Early Girl
  • Park’s Whopper


  • Camelot X3R
  • Big Bertha
  • Golden Yellow
  • Jalepeños

I spent my afternoon in the garden. First, I did some yard work and mowed the lawn. Then I prepped the 12×16 garden space and got the dirt / compost ready for planting. I had previously tilled the garden over the past few weeks to prep it for planting.

I planned out the grid, then started organizing where I wanted the plants this year. I reviewed my plantings and notes from previous years and put the plants where I thought they’d do best. Then I planted and watered the garden.

The first batch of salsa should be ready by mid-June.

Roma tomatoes

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About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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