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Salad Greens

Back to Salad Tables Back to Salad Boxes There are many great salad greens that will grow well in Salad Tables™and Salad Boxes™. Start with the plants you most enjoy and then branch out. Here’s a brief list of some of the crops tested: Plant family Crop Brassicaceae arugula, kale, mustard greens,...

Choose a Site and Growing Media

Where should I place the Salad Table ™ or Salad Box ™ ? Select a convenient, level spot close to a water source. Leaves, twigs, flowers, and other debris will land on the Salad Table™ if it’s located under trees. How much sun do salad greens need? Select a sunny spot for April-June 15 (4-8 hours of...

Build a Salad Table™

Materials (Finished dimensions - 33” wide X 58” long) Untreated, framing lumber: Two 2 X 4s, 10 ft. long and Two 2 X 4s, 12 ft. long 2 ½” galvanized deck screws 3/8” staples 1 lb. of 1 in. roofing nails 3 ft. X 5 ft. roll of aluminum window screening 3 ft. X 5 ft. roll of ½” mesh hardware cloth (...

Salad Tables™

Do you love the idea of eating home-grown salads from April through November? There are two types of container gardens that will enable you to produce fresh, flavorful greens close to your backdoor without the need to dig in the soil. Here are the basic steps… Build a Salad Table ™ or a Salad Box...

Planting and Maintenance - Container Vegetables

After you've chosen your plants, container, and potting medium, it's time to make your container garden! How to Plant a Container Garden Don’t fill the bottom of the container with pebbles, gravel, or rocks unless you need the added weight to prevent tipping. Cover drainage holes with mesh, gravel...

Watering and Fertilizing Containers

Water The limited volume of growing medium available to container vegetable plants makes it critical to keep the root system moist at all times. Watering needs will vary depending on container size, ambient temperature, wind, sunlight, and humidity. You can count on watering most container...

"Soil" for Containers

Choose a Good Growing Medium for Container Gardens The material that your plants grow in is called the “growing medium or media” never dirt. Dozens of different ingredients are used in varying combinations to create homemade or commercial growing media. By understanding the functions of growing...

Self-Watering Containers

“Self-watering” containers are another option for container gardening. Instead of drainage holes in the bottom, these containers have an overflow hole on one side. The growing medium sits on a perforated platform directly above a water reservoir. Plant roots grow through the medium and into the...

Types of Containers

Containers can be temporary or permanent, practical or whimsical, artistic or utilitarian, expensive or free. When selecting containers, use your imagination and creativity, and know how much room your crops will need to grow to their full potential. You’ll also need to decide where and how to...

Container Gardening

There are a few simple ingredients for success with container gardening — a little bit of room, sunlight, containers, growing media (a.k.a. “potting soil”, never called dirt!), water, and nutrients (fertilizer). The single most important ingredient for success is Tender Loving Care because your...

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