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A few months ago, we met some of my husband’s old friends. During the course of our conversation, I found out about her Salad Table – a complete hydroponic solution for would-be home farmers. Intrigued, I ordered one and set it up.
A few weeks later, this is what it looked like. I got my Salad Table at the start of spring, which was perfect tomato growing time, so the top shelf was full of tomatoes. I also had a few different types of chinese vegetables, celery, mint, basil, coriander, and different types of salad leaves. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of growing my own vegetables, knowing I’m feeding my family with sustainable, organic, zero food miles home-grown vegetables.
My Salad Table has contributed to so many different home-cooked dishes. Our celery goes into a variety of soups, salads and stews, and it’s so much better to snip off stalks as required than to buy a gigantic head of celery that we can then never finish before it wilts. Our choi (chinese vegetables) have gone into so many Asian dishes, from kimchi fried rice to steamed spare ribs. Our tomatoes were so prolific that we ended up roasting them up to make two batches of tomato sauce, which was used to top some amazing pasta dishes.
I can’t recommend the Salad Table enough. It is such a simple, easy solution for anyone who’s ever dreamed of growing their own vegetables. They have a few different sizes, most are which are flat like a table (hence the name). Due to space constraints, I got the vertical version. They come with little seed growing pods where you start your seeds. The pods look like squares of chocolate, and once large enough to put in the table, you simply break off each square and drop them into one of the holes in the Salad Table. They also come with the nutrient solution to feed your plants, a 60L tank to store the water, and a pump that cycles the water through the table.
I’ve had my Salad Table for about six months now, and here are some lessons I’ve learnt:
Today, I’m grateful for bumping into old friends and learning about something new. I’m grateful for my Salad Table that’s providing us with fresh vegetables all year round. I’m also grateful that I started this before the world went mad and there are now no more vegetable seeds to be found. Luckily, I still have a bunch of seeds from when I first started my Salad Table adventure.
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