FAQ

FAQ

1.     How large is a TableGarden?

2.     How is a TableGarden constructed?

3.     What can I grow in a TableGarden?

4.     Will vegetables grow as well in a TableGarden as they would in the ground?

5.     What kind of soil should I use and how much?

6.     How much sun do vegetables, greens, and herbs need?

7.     How long will a TableGarden last?

8.     How much can I grow in a TableGarden?

9.     What if I already have in-ground raised garden beds?

10.   Do I need to add fertilizer?

11.   Can I re-use the growing medium for the second planting or do I have to empty and refill a TableGarden with each planting?

12.   How do you know when the edible plants are finished producing?

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1.     How large is a TableGarden?

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The Standard TableGarden  frame is 46.5 inches long x 27 inches wide x 5.5 inches high.  The frame is supported by secure legs and stands 30” tall from its wheels to the top of the frame.  It has a 2.5 cubic foot capacity to hold your favorite potting mix.

The Deluxe TableGarden frame is 50 inches long x 30 inches wide x 8.5 inches high.  It stands 32 inches tall from its wheels to the top of the frame. It has a 4.5 cubic foot capacity.

Many commercial growing mixes come in bags that are 1.5 to 3 cubic feet.

Each TableGarden comes with sturdy wheels, so you can roll it around your balcony, deck, or patio and easily move it into or out of the sun to create optimal growing conditions.

 

2.     How is a TableGarden constructed?

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Your TableGarden is handcrafted in Phoenix, Arizona and is made both to last and to be kind to our planet.  All of the wood parts of your TableGarden frame are made from FSC certified redwood and the legs and stabilizing bar are made from sustainable fir.

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The “floor” of the frame where the growing medium rests has a unique two-part construction consisting of a grating system made from recyclable-nursery-grade plastic, built for strength and longevity in gardening applications.  The second component consists of a thick, absorbent felt fabric made from recycled, re-purposed water bottles, which holds in the growing medium while absorbing and dispersing moisture, and allows excess water to drain – thus preventing common problems with root-rot.  So while you’re growing and enjoying your own home-grown salads, you’re also reducing what goes into our landfills.

3.     What can I grow in a TableGarden?

Because the Standard TableGarden provides capacity for growing medium with a depth of more than 5″, and the Deluxe TableGarden has a depth of 8″ there are many different kinds of plants you can grow in your TableGarden raised bed garden system.  Below are some examples of plants that we have successfully grown in our own TableGardens and have seen other TableGardeners enjoy success with:

SALAD GREENS: TableGardens are perfect for growing all kinds of salad greens, including lettuce, kale, chard, cabbage, mustard, arugula, and Chinese bok choy.

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VEGETABLES: TableGardens make it easy to successfully grow and harvest vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, radishes, beans, peas, broccoli, garlic and Swiss chard.

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HERBS: TableGardens are well suited for growing most culinary herbs, including basil, thyme, parsley, cilantro, amaranth, sage, dill, fennel, tarragon, oregano, and mint (beware, mint is very invasive and will take over your entire TableGarden).

FLOWERS: TableGardens make excellent raised flower-beds for almost all kinds of flowers (fun fact: many flowers are not only beautiful, but edible and healthy!)

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Many TableGardeners use multiple TableGardens to create an entire garden –one for flowers, one for salads, one for vegetables, one for herbs, one for succulents, etc.

4.     Will vegetables grow as well in a TableGarden as they would in the ground?

Many vegetables and herbs will grow better in a TableGarden than they would in the ground because TableGarden plants do not have to compete with pests such as bugs, slugs, rabbits, and weeds (those are “beneath” a TableGarden).

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Additionally, a TableGarden allows excess water to drain, thus providing air circulation both from above and from below.

No more root-rot: Because excess water in a TableGarden raised-bed system drains and is dispersed away from the roots, most of the common problems of root-rot are eliminated. The result is a TableGarden full of happy, healthy plants.

5.     What kind of soil should I use and how much?

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Growing medium has two main functions: 1) to provide water, air, and nutrients to plant roots; and 2) to physically support the plant as it grows.

You can successfully grow with your TableGarden using simple, off-the-shelf bags of commercial potting mix.  And, although you can grow successfully in your TableGarden using standard garden soil, we don’t recommend regular soil from your garden because it is sometimes laced with weed seeds and can sometimes become too soggy and compact for ideal root growth.

(For tips on planting your TableGarden, check out the bottom of this page)

6.     How much sun do vegetables, greens, and herbs need?

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This varies depending on your climate.  Generally, many greens grow best with maximum sunlight during the cooler spring and fall months and minimum sunlight during the hottest summer months.  However, many herbs such as cilantro, basil, and thyme should get at least 6 hours of direct sun for the entire growing season.  One of the advantages of the TableGarden is that it’s portable due to wheels which allow you to easily roll your TableGarden to wherever your garden grows.

7.     How long will a TableGarden last?

TableGardens are made from pest and weather resistant redwood which is remarkably durable in a TableGarden application, and even if left untreated and neglected, they will last many years.  There are also many eco-friendly wood protecting products that can be applied once every few years to prolong your TableGardens life indefinitely.

8.     How much produce can I grow in a TableGarden?

This depends on a lot of factors, such as what plants you’re growing and your climate.  In general, growth cycles for many greens such as lettuces are approximately eight weeks from sowing seeds to harvesting plants. Lettuce, arugula and other greens such as broccoli can be cut twice each growth cycle. One TableGarden raised-bed system can produce salad green yields between one and two pounds per cutting, with a store value of approximately $25 to $50 every 8 weeks.

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Growing your own food is empowering, economical, and fun.  With a TableGarden, you can easily and conveniently supply your family with nutritious home-grown vegetables and herbs, which can significantly reduce your food expenses.

 

9.     Can I use a TableGarden as a nursery for a garden?

Your TableGarden makes a great raised-bed nursery to grow transplants for your garden because it shields your delicate seedlings from pests at their most vulnerable stage, allowing them to grow into healthy and hardy plants ready to transplant to your garden.  And, the wheels on the TableGarden allow you to move your seedlings into optimal sunlight. Just sow extra seeds and transplant when ready.

10.     Do I need to add fertilizer?

No.  If you start with a quality potting mix, no fertilizer should be required for your initial planting.  You may want to add fertilizer after to subsequent rounds of planting.

Most soil-less growing medium and compost do not contain enough nutrients to produce high yields of plants over an entire growth cycle.  Add a fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.  If your growing medium contains 50% compost, reduce the fertilizer amount by half.

Using water to rinse off any fertilizer that lands on leaves will help to avoid leaf burn.

We have had success fertilizing our TableGarden with alfalfa meal, cottonseed meal, organic garden fertilizers, Osmocote, and kelp meal; as well as liquid fertilizers such as compost tea, seaweed extract, and MiracleGro.

11.     Can I re-use the growing medium for the second planting or do I have to empty and refill the TableGarden with each planting?

Just add more soil or mix if necessary to bring the level up almost even with the top of the frame.  If your growing medium has compacted, you should stir it around to aerate it (get it light and fluffy).  Then mix in fertilizer before planting.  In some regions where the water is heavy with salt or other minerals, it may be simpler replace the soil with fresh potting mix.

12.     How do you know when the edible plants are finished producing?

When your plants become sickly and bitter, they can be mixed into your growing medium where they will eventually decompose, or you can compost them.

Simple Steps to Successful TableGardening:

1. Fill your TableGarden raised-bed garden with growing medium.

2. Sow seeds, or transplant seedlings, into your TableGarden.

3. Add water in sufficient quantity to maintain moisture in the soil.  Usually this means adding a couple of gallons every 1 or 2 days, depending on your climate and what plants you are growing.

4. If you sowed seeds and too many germinate, you can remove extra seedlings so that your plants have sufficient space to grow.  For many greens, spacing should be roughly 2 inches apart.  You may eat the seedlings that you remove; they are nutritious and delicious!

5. When your plants are ready to harvest, snip them, rinse in fresh water as needed, and enjoy.  Many greens then regenerate which enables you to enjoy a second harvest, after which you should remove the plants and sow seeds again.