Drove by a home today that was trying to grow tomatoes in one of Jon's...

Asked August 29, 2014, 6:06 PM EDT

Drove by a home today that was trying to grow tomatoes in one of Jon's lettuce tables (in shady spot no less). Although can now plant lettuce again, for next yr are there any summer vegs that have shallow enough roots to be satisfied with them?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

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You are joking, right? Spinach is no more suitable for summers in Anne Arundel Co. than lettuce. I am familiar with and appreciate pub GE007, but as you know, it has no info on root depth or salad boxes, which was the subject of my query.

Sorry for the confusion. There are types of heat tolerant spinach such as New Zealand (actually in a different family) but would probably not be suited for the salad table as you would need a deeper depth.
Other options for greens that grow in warm weather include arugula, Swiss Chard, and amaranth. Herbs - thyme, basil will grow but may not be a big plant.
There are also alternative construction methods for the salad table. You can substitute 2 x 6 boards for a deeper growing bed (good for snap beans), or 2 x 8 boards (good for peppers, determinate-type tomatoes, and bush cucumbers).
The salad table can also be moved to a shady area during the summer to extend the season with the greens.
See our publication on Salad Tables for more information http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG601%20Salad%20Tabl...

Much better! thanks