Growing Greens Above Ground Some of you may know from a previous newsletter that I built a “Salad” table from an old metal patio table. My initial planting grew poorly because my soil was compacted from a hard rain right after I put the potting soil into the table. I had stunted baby beets and very slow growing shallots. I figured it out and l loosened up the soil with a small hand fork. All the plants started to grow. Next year I will add a shade cover when it gets into the high temps to prevent or minimize the bitter taste lettuce gets in heat. The cover also slows down summer bolting.