Organic Vegetable Garden Construction

An Organic Vegetable Garden
built on a tabletop!

We have set-up several small raised beds for our vegetables, herbs and spices growing all these while. However; it had never be sufficient for my gardening experiments so far.

In mid-spring this year, the man in my house suddenly constructed a tabletop garden bed for me. He said this is a compensation for my last lost spring tulips bulbs.

I was so excited about it, because I had a chance to do my own garden design on a table top. Imagine... if you yet to have a chance to design a big garden; a tabletop is good enough to exercise your creativities and fantasies. So I started to layout my favourite list of vegetables right away.

There are really so much benefits for growing organic vegetables on a table top than planting them on the ground level...

  • When you are looking at your bush of vegetables on an eye level; you can spot the insects fast and hand pick them almost immediate; before they started their damaging plans on your crops; especially they laid eggs upon your favourite plants.

  • When you are doing your gardening on a table top; you don't have to bend low; it is much like having a closer contact to your plants; and you can hear them clear.

How to Build a Tabletop Garden

  1. Build a four legs ordinary table frame structure and fix them up with pieces of solid rust-free iron plates (top picture).

  2. Lay pieces of flat wood to make the base and fix them.

  3. Fix four pieces of flat wood blocks as the outer frames and support four outer corners with pieces of solid rust free iron plates.

  4. Pour in your best potting soil to fill up the table top grow box.

Organic Vegetable Garden Layout Ideas

Extra Tips

  • Lay a piece of net at the base before you add the soil. You can use an anti-mosquitoes net; or a recyclable Polyethylene Screen. This way, the solid ground and worms will always remain in the bed.

  • The size of this tabletop garden is 250cm or 8 feet (Length) x 95 cm or 3 feet (Width) x 15 cm or 6 inches (Depth). If you are not interested to do it yourself; you can also buy a ready made table top set; or just place your favourite size of planting box on a weather proof table.

  • If your vegetable plants are heavy crops; support your table with additional legs is necessary. Otherwise; after the heavy rain falls; the center bottom of the table will sink; and the table will become unstable.

  • Place a layer of rich composted dirt and ten live earth worms at the bottom before you add your best potting soil. In this way; you will have free and solid vegetable fertilizers for the whole growing season with no worries.

Organic Vegetable Garden with a Small Space
Gardening Concept

How many types of vegetable plants can be planted on this tabletop is depends on the size of the table. Most of the vegetables are suitable for this table top bed.

I have planted two rows of different types of tomato plants (ten each); radishes; garlics; shallots; beets; carrots; and one thyme herb plant was grown in between of the tomato rows. Cabbage; 2 zucchini plants; 3 bell peppers; and 2 Brussels Sprouts plants were sitting on the third row.

Organic Vegetable Garden with a Pest Control Surprise

I love to watch the white cabbage butterflies flying about and laying her mini green eggs on my Brussels Sprouts and the cabbage everyday. Once I discovered her eggs in the heart of the cabbages; I would pour rain water over the head of the plant; and the eggs would fell down together with the water. Then I wiped them away. It was challenging!

The end of the season I had harvested 3500 grams of organic tomatoes; some white radishes; some cloves of garlic; 2 clamps of shallots; 8 green beets; 1 cabbage, 2 carrots; and 6 summer squashes.

The Brussels Sprouts are only for experiment. If you really need to have them for consumption; you have to either grow them in a greenhouse; or protect them fully.

Build a worry free and no till organic vegetable garden grow bed; for your love ones and make every seniors dream come true?

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