Making this salad table was kind of a spur of the moment thing. I was flipping through Martha Stewart’s web site, when they happened to have set-up a section of their web site just for spring gardening/planting. Well one of the things that they were showing on her site was a salad table. Personally I’d never heard of nor seen a salad table before, so it kind of piqued my interest.
I basically had all the materials laying around the house, it was just a matter of building it. The only thing that I needed to buy for the project was a piece of window screen material (aluminum or fiberglass), which was under $7.00 at Menards. So even if I made this and I didn’t like it, I really didn’t have a lot of capital outlaid for the table.
Honestly, there really isn’t too much to make one of these salad table, though I did change the design slightly in two ways:
- Instead of wooden legs made out of 2 x 4s, I just used a set of plastic saw horses that I had sitting in the basement.
- Since I didn’t need to make a set of wooden legs I only needed three 2 x 4 x 8′ studs for all the salad table pieces, instead of the what the directions listed of two 2 x 4 x 10’ long and two 2 x 4 x 12’ long.
Since I was basically redesigning the table to better utilize eight foot studs, I went with four sections on the table instead of three. If I would have followed the original design with three sections, I would have ended up with a 36″ piece of scrap from one of the eight foot studs, verse a 6″ scrap with four sections. Plus with four section it will give me more space for “side projects.”
With one of those side projects being a holding area for seedlings that I transplanted into white plastic cups. Unfortunately this idea hasn’t worked out as planned (see the hailstorm posts #1 and #2). But minus the hailstorm I can see the benefits of having this salad table sitting outside. I guess the true test will come this week when I actually fill up a couple of sections with potting mix and use it for its intended purpose, growing fresh salad greens.
Salad table on Martha Stewart’s website
University of Maryland Salad Table Main Site
University of Maryland Salad Table Construction PDF
2 comments on “Salad table – v1 – May 2010”
Four things that I can think of, just off the top of my head would be:
1) Less chance of weeds, since I’m using virgin potting soil.
2) Also since I’m using potting soil I don’t have to worry about working with compact soil.
3) Easier to harvest the greens, since its at waist height.
4) Positive soil drainage because of the mesh bottom
What advantages does the table provide over a plot in the garden besides taking ground pests out of the picture?