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:
- 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)
- Tape measure
- Tin snips
- Staple gun
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.
Staple window screen on the outside bottom of the frame.
Center the hardware cloth over the window screen; pull it taut and staple to the frame bottom.
Nail roofing nails around the frame for added support.