Spring is here in California and right around the corner for the rest of the country! This is the prime time to start a garden.

Take the next week or two to start thinking about what you want to plant, where to plant, if you want a container garden or plant into the earth. In 2 weeks I will spend a week discussing gardening how to’s and tricks I have learned.

In the meantime you can s tart with a simple concept for the types of plants you purchase. For the past several years we have planted a low-maintenance  “Salsa Garden” and have enjoyed the variety and simplicity of that assortment every time.  Here is what goes in our salsa garden:

  • A variety of tomatoes plants
  • Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions

Several years ago Roger and I decided to plant our own salsa garden in containers on our back patio, (we live in a townhouse, so my visions of sowing seed for crops and my own hen house have to be put on hold for a while.) We kept it simple the first year – just a few tomato plants, a couple of peppers, cilantro, etc. But boy oh boy did we enjoy the benefits of fresh salsa ingredients at our door step. Here is Roger’s famous salsa recipe. Give it a try!

Roger’s Salsa: Roger Lipp


12         tomatoes (or two large cans of crushed tomatoes)
1 (15 oz) can of  tomato sauce
1 bunch cilantro, chopped coarse down to the stemmy part
2 stems green onion, chopped medium
1          red onion, chopped medium (I use two slices from the center portion)
2          jalapenos, chopped fine (leave seeds in) — if you want mild salsa substitute Anaheim peppers; if

you want hot salsa substitute 4 habaneras.
4-5       garlic cloves, chopped fine


Combine these ingredients in large glass bowl.

If tomatoes were room temp to start with, I add two ice cubes and mix in.  The following seasonings are very approximate… I don’t measure.

Add the following seasonings to taste (measurements given are approximately what I use… ish)

2 T       fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1 T       cumin powder
1 T       coarse ground black pepper
1 T       fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp     marjoram

I’d love to know, do you garden and what are your must haves each year?


Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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