Planting a Salad Table

Salad tables were designed to provide a gardening
experience for people with either physical, or space limitations. The original idea may have been to grow
delicious greens, but salad tables are not just for growing salads anymore. The Pine Belt Master Gardeners have been recognized
for their salad table project. Let me show how to get one growing. The first thing we need to do is fill it with
growing media. We’re going to use a good commercial potting
mix; there’s no top soil or dirt here. Fill it to about an inch from the top. It’s summer and the perfect time to plant
tomatoes and peppers. Let’s start with the Red Bell and Mammoth
jalapeno peppers. Scoop out a hole in the mix and place the
transplants. With both peppers and tomatoes, I like to
plant deep as the plants will produce more roots along the stem. Now let’s do the Heatwave determinate tomatoes. Scoop out a hole, just like with the peppers. Be sure not to over plant the salad table
section. I think three is the perfect number. Salad tables are also great for flowering
plants. In this table, I’m going to plant some marigolds
as companion plants because their pungent scent is reported to discourage a variety
of insect pests. Now let’s sprinkle some vermicompost to
help with the nutritional needs. For more information see the MSU Extension
publication “How to Build a Salad Table”. If you, for some reason, can’t have a traditional
in-ground garden, consider if a salad table will meet your needs. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll
see you next time on Southern Gardening.

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