Prepare for Spring: Build Your Salad Table Now
Salad tables are perfect for growing shallow-rooted vegetables and herbs in a small space. The elevated tables also can make gardening easier for people who use wheelchairs or who have limited mobility.
If you are planning for your vegetable garden this spring, a salad table or two might be in order. Salad tables are a great addition to a traditional vegetable garden or wonderful on their own.
The elevated tables, also called kitchen tables, can benefit anyone, including those with limited mobility or someone with limited space who wants to grow a few vegetables or herbs.
The tables have become a popular project for the Pine Belt Master Gardeners, who built two tables as an educational project at the MSU Extension office in Lamar County in 2013. As of Dec. 21, 2017, the group has constructed and donated 670 tables and taught people to use them. Tables built by the group are in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Virginia and Illinois.
They were awarded the Outstanding Project Award at the 2014 Mississippi Master Gardener Conference for the work they have done with the raised beds. They also won second place in the 2015 International Master Gardener Search for Excellence Program.
Check out this Extension Matters story about how salad tables helped Hattiesburg resident Jim Murray continue gardening after health issues prevented him from digging in the dirt.
The group has donated tables to Ruth’s Roots, a rehabilitation garden for nonviolent juvenile drug offenders in Hancock County. Read the Extension Matters story about the work Elise Deano is doing with this community garden.
Get detailed instructions for building your own salad tables here.
Learn more about the Master Gardener program here.
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