I now have a vegetable garden. Vegetables coming soon.

I am a big fan of vegetables. Fresh, flavorful, crispy, juicy vegetables can’t be beat. One of my favorite meals of all time was almost entirely composed of vegetables. (The meal was prepared emphasizing the greatness of the vegetables themselves rather than trying to simulate some sort of meat-based dish.) I would eat a lot more vegetables at home if this country was better designed for fresh vegetable consumption (1. Americans need to demand vegetables that have great flavor, not just ones that look good and are cheap, 2. these mythical vegetables need to be available within walking distance from your house, so you can buy them fresh every day.)

Pending a major restructuring of this country’s priorities when it comes to fresh vegetables, I had been resigned to mediocre veggies once a week from the supermarket, and eating expensive quality veggies from Wholefoods once every two weeks. But, I still yearn for better. The econapocolypse and the inevitable crumbling of society has brought all this into focus for me — I need to grow my own vegetables. Unfortunately, if I gauged my ability to nurture living things based on my history with plants then I never would have had children. Past performance would have indicated that they never would have made it to their first birthdays. In addition, the pacific northwest is not exactly prime vegetable growing territory.

Enter Seattle Farm.

For a minimum of $250 they’ll come set up a raised bed in a sunny spot in your yard, fill it with good dirt, run automatic drip irrigation lines so you don’t have to water it every day (this is key for me!!!). And then, even better, for $35 a week they’ll come and maintain your vegetable garden, pick the vegetables, plant new ones, and then walk the freshly picked veggies the 10 feet from the garden to the door to our kitchen. This is my kind of vegetable gardening!!! As for the $35, I spend that much on vegetables just driving by Wholefoods.

Here’s a shot of our new garden:

Over the next few weeks/months we’ll be swimming in: cucumbers, tomatoes, golden beets, sugar snap peas, red cabbage, arugula, ratte potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, purple carrots, scallions, radishes, shallots, cilantro, basil, garlic, and kohlrabi (Dana’s request). Be nice and you might get some.

This company is adorable. They’re providing an awesome and convenient service. While it’s too early to tell you about the quality of my veggies, so far they’ve been doing a great job. I hope they become a huge success.

8 Responses to “I now have a vegetable garden. Vegetables coming soon.”

  1. devlyn says:

    There’s a couple of very similar services here in Portland, OR. If only I had a yard to donate…

  2. Jo (Laquet) says:

    That would be wonderful – I wouldn’t mind the tending but someone else to come and actually set up the raised beds for me ~ fab!!

  3. Elise says:

    Hillel, those are the most gorgeous, designer-looking garden beds I have ever seen. Very nice. Our garden bed boxes are all warped and coming apart at the seams. :-)

  4. Good for you! I’m so envious right now, I might build myself one.

  5. Shayna says:

    oh those look great! i haven’t put in our drip-lines yet….i posted <a href=”http://thecabinhouse.blogspot.com/2009/05/heres-latest-update-of-our-vegetable.html”our plan on our blog, check it out if so inclined. i forgot about garlic and kohlrabi! good thing i still have some empty spots….

  6. Shayna says:

    oh those look great! i haven’t put in our drip-lines yet….i posted our plan on our blog, check it out if so inclined. i forgot about garlic and kohlrabi! good thing i still have some empty spots….

  7. PB says:

    There’s a couple of very similar services here in Portland, OR. If only I had a yard to donate…

  8. Absolutely fantastic! You will be amazed at how much food you can produce with a couple of raised beds like this right in your back yard. Make sure you get a bunch of earthworms in there an you will do great.

    Nothing beats the flavor of fresh vegetables, picked the same day right from your own garden.

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