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Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009

Introduction

Wouldn't you love to eat home-grown salads? Growing your own food locally and organically not only provides you with healthier food -- it tastes better. 

Here's a great idea for growing fresh, flavorful salad greens right at your backdoor: a salad table -- basically, a shallow wooden frame with a mesh bottom. Plus, with legs attached, it allows you to grow great salad greens at waist level from April through November.

To build a salad table that's 33 inches wide by 58 inches long, you will need the following tools and materials:

 

 

materials

  • Untreated framing lumber: two 10-foot-long two-by-fours and two 12-foot-long two-by-fours

  • 2 1/2-inch galvanized deck screws

  • 3/8-inch staples

  • 1 pound of 1-inch roofing nails

  • 3-by-5-foot roll of aluminum window screening

  • 3-by-5-foot roll of 1/2-inch mesh hardware cloth (galvanized wire mesh; comes in a roll)

  • Handsaw

  • Hammer

  • Tape measure

  • Square

  • Tin snips

  • Staple gun

  • Drill

steps

  1. Make the frame by taking two 58-inch two-by-fours and attaching them to two 30-inch two-by-fours with galvanized screws. The two interior cross pieces are attached 18 3/4-inches from each end of the long piece, making three equal sections.

  2. Staple window screen on the outside bottom of the frame.

  3. Center the hardware cloth over the window screen; pull it taut and staple to the frame bottom.

  4. Nail roofing nails around the frame for added support.

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