By Vanessa Richins
Are you trying to grow your own salad but don’t have much soil to work with?
If you have a paved space that is 3′ x 5′, you can build your own salad table and still be able to enjoy fresh greens.
The table was created by Jon Traunfeld from the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.
Their website gives detailed instructions for building a salad table. They also suggest several ways you can modify it for different crops – using wider boards to grow beans and peppers, for example.
There are other benefits to building a salad table. Those with problems kneeling won’t have to bend over much, since the table is 4′ high. Since the plants are up off the ground, it’s much less likely that they will be nibbled by rabbits and other garden pests.
Don’t have enough room for a salad table? The site also includes instructions for making a smaller salad box.
What can you grow in a salad table or box? As their website says:
–Lettuces and greens (All sorts – lettuces, endive, escarole, mustard greens, arugala, kale, cress, broccoli raab, mizuna, and more)
–Herbs (for example – parsley, cilantro, basil, and thyme)
There are many good suggestions for all container gardeners. Make sure you are using good soil, since your plant’s roots won’t be able to travel like they would in the ground. You will want to add a fertilizer to the soil also.
Will you build a salad table now? Do you already have one?