Lettuce tablePosted: December 21, 2010
This weekend hubby built a lettuce table. What? You didn’t think we moved out to the country and got six acres for nothing, did you? We intend to grow something! Starting with lettuce apparently. Years ago I saw something on public television about how building a lettuce table is an easy way to grow lots of lettuce and other greens. A Google search later and we downloaded instructions from the University of Maryland cooperative extension for a salad table. The lettuce table is essentially a box garden with a mesh bottom allowing for drainage. As is often the case, we didn’t follow the instructions word-for-word. We adapted it for our needs using materials we already had around the house but the basic idea is still the same.
So, that’s how we built a lettuce table. Easy, right? A lettuce table can be built in all different sizes and on more temporary support structures, like saw horses, or on permanent support structures like our table. If you have a desire for fresh greens, you could easily adapt a table to fit any household–even a small, city apartment. Ours will be resting in the sun room at least for the next few months. We might even add casters to make it more portable. Can’t wait for planting season. We’re already drooling over online seed catalogs dreaming about all of the things we want to plant in a garden this year. A big garden might be hopeful at this point. The house still needs a lot of TLC. But, at least we’ll have lettuce.