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Table Top Gardening
"I started standup gardening to save my back and knees," says Ray Mensinger, Fountain, Florida.
  "At the beginning I started with five 4 by 40-ft. long tables. I found 4 ft. was too wide and I had to walk too long to get all the way around them. So I cut them down to 3 ft. wide and 8 ft. long with 8-in. high sides, which allows me to reach all the way across. Now I can reach across and get around each table quickly.
  "I follow the square foot gardening rule. That is, large bush plants will fit into a square foot of space so I have three tomato plants across. I use a special zig zag screen for small climbing plants like sugar peas and bush beans.
  "The boxes are made from treated lumber, starting with a 2 by 4 frame covered by 3/8-in. plywood with 1 by 8-in. sides and ends. You can install heaters under some of the beds to keep winter vegetables from freezing and to get started early in the spring."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ray A. Mensinger, 12319 Suncrest Dr., Fountain, Fla. 32438 (ph 850 722-4081).

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2007 - Volume #31, Issue #3