Salsa is a favorite in our family, second only to cereal. As a result, despite all my efforts to the contrary, we are regular patrons of Chili’s because their bottomless chips and salsa appetizer is very cost-effective way to feed a ravenous group of salsa-crazed guys. In fact, we eat so much of this delicacy that we suggest our Chili’s servers just go ahead and bring out a few refills worth at once to save themselves the hassle of all the trips back to the kitchen–the only server who ever doubted the sincerity of this suggestion regretted her decision later.
One thing Anthony likes better than eating salsa is making it. So, in an effort to avoid the the temptation of getting him another tie for Father’s Day last year, I decided to give him a salsa garden. It was a bit of an afterthought, so I only planted tomato plants and a couple varieties of hot peppers from Lowes in a small, sunny spot beside our house. But, by the end of the summer, Anthony and the boys were making their salsa and eating it too!
This spring, we want to get an early start on our salsa garden and add more variety. We don’t have room in our cozy house to start seeds inside, so we had to get creative if we were going to start our garden from seed (a much more affordable way to start a garden) before the final frost. A long time ago, I saw a magazine tutorial on how to use old windows to build a mini greenhouse outside for planting seed and even for growing a winter garden–this mini greenhouse is also known as a “cold frame.” So, when I stumbled upon these $4 windows at an antique market recently, I snatched them up and set out to build our own cold frames this year.
I lost the aforementioned article a long time ago, but I found a great online tutorial on how to build your own cold frame from old windows, courtesy of the Imperfect Urban Garden. So, I passed the info along to Anthony and put him and the boys in charge of building these, with a deadline of March 1st, so we can get a jump start on planting our salsa garden this spring.
Based on the picture below, taken after they chopped down our Christmas tree , I’d say this group of misfits armed with a handsaw is up for the challenge. Stay tuned to find out how they do!
Of course, if we were feeling really ambitious we could collect enough windows to build one of these greenhouses that I found on the internet:
But, if we put that much effort into a greenhouse this beautiful, I think I’d have to move in. (: