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Fantasy league gardening

Here it is: Hope for the future, and only $349!

It's a nifty triangular raised bed from White Flower Farm catalog, the premier supplier of garden porn to torment us as we emerge from the Yuletide (the only good excuse for winter's existence) into the hard Arctic glare of January. Each year, I stew in an agony of desire when this catalog arrives. I want everything. Some years I spend scarce dollars on some particularly irresistible goodie, and usually, it dies--usually because I neglect to dig a hole, plant it and water it. But this raised bed (which my dad would have knocked together out of old lumber in an afternoon for free, yes I know)...it represents infinite promise.

And this 25-degree day, when the garden looks like a glacial moraine, is not the time for reality. Not the time to contemplate the likelihood of my sledgehammering up more cement to create a happy substrate for this raised bed...or the fact that I'd still have to fill it with 24 cubic feet of topsoil after "pounding the clever hinge-pins." Now is the time to imagine myself, all radiant and earth motherish, plucking my ripe heirloom veggies and dewy herbs and tucking them into a trug for that night's casually tossed summer salad.

I found this little guy between the leaves of a Greenmarket bok choy a few weeks ago and scanned him. That's the spirit I'm looking for. "Unless the seed falls to the ground and dies..." Imagine if that Scriptural metaphor turns out to be real, and literal, and we really are destined to exist in a state as radically (no pun intended) different from our mortal selves as the sprout is from the seed. I hope that thought, rather than "Oh, crap, I still never decluttered the attic," is my final one on this earth.

Should I buy the cold frame, so I'd finally have one and quit pretending I'll make one out of scrap?

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:54AM by Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn | Comments4 Comments

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Ooo, a horticultural pun!

Gardener's Supply also carries the flex hinges; you could do some comparison shopping. In Brooklyn, the problem is finding lumber that's straight enough to screw together with the brackets.

I just got my WFF catalog yesterday. Barely time to skim it yet. I went straight for the perennials.
January 6, 2010 at 08:09AM | Unregistered CommenterXris (Flatbush Gardener)
Much cheaper at Gardener's Supply. Or, grab some cinder blocks and stack them up to create your bed.

I agree that the White Flower Farm catalog is blatant eco-porn. It should be mailed in a plain brown envelope, as so much as a glance at the cover causes permanent blindness.
January 7, 2010 at 09:11PM | Unregistered CommenterKaren
I LOVE this post!!!! My favorite part is the honesty in asking yourself if you should just buy the darn cold frame and give up the fantasy that you'll make one. I laughed so hard when I read this!!! I've been telling myself for years that I'll make a winter cold frame out of scrap lumber and never do....

Love your blog!!

:) Heather
February 1, 2010 at 09:25AM | Unregistered CommenterHeather
For what it's worth, WFF is vastly overpriced for things like that--Burpee has them too, and in fact they also sell just the little corner brackets, which are the clever part. You could buy 2x6 lumber at your local home improvement store and pop the corner brackets on, voila, new raised bed for practically no money! My Home Depot will even rip a board for me when I ask nicely :)

LOVE the former Blue Room! Looking good :)
February 18, 2010 at 03:39PM | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

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