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Mid-Atlantic Gardening: Corner Garden Plan

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Lowe's Mid-Atlantic region gardening contributor Julie Martens shares a salsa garden plan full of homegrown goodness.

Mid-Atlantic corner garden plan

Dress up a neglected corner with all the ingredients for garden-fresh salsa. Peppers, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro fill this fiesta garden with flavors you can customize to your family's palette: hot peppers for those who crave sizzling salsa, sweet bells for those who flee the heat.

Edge the garden with zinnias to lure pollinating insects. Add steppingstones to provide access and mulch to conserve soil moisture. Stagger scallion and lettuce plantings, sowing one garden section weekly, working front to back. Harvest scallions selectively, allowing remaining bulbs to enlarge. Lettuce will peter out by midsummer--pull plants and add compost.

PLANT LIST

A) Zinnia Zahara Mix

B) Onion chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

C) Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)

D) Mixed leaf lettuces (Lactuca sativa)

E) Scallions (Allium fistulosum)

F) Roma tomato (Lycopersicon 'Roma VF')

G) Hot pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Poblano')

H) Serrano pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Serrano')

I) Sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum)