|The raised bed is now (mostly) planted. Pole beans are in the very back. Peppers and tomatoes will fill in the middle.|
BUT. But, you will never see us purchasing cedar raised bed kits or “authentic vintage” copper garden tools. I’m seeing so many unnecessary products being sold through mass retailers to the self-sufficiency wannabes it’s laughable. Does nobody else see the irony here? Self-sufficiency is all about using what you have and buying less. It’s the antithesis of the mass retail chain.
Most ludicrous was an antique French washtub being marketed as a planter. Of course it was very expensive. Apparently people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars to look like they’re cool using old junk. But not just any old junk! French junk! It’s silly.
The marketing of “vintage” has been going on for quite some time now. A lot of people are nostalgic for “the good old days” without ever having known them. That sort of unfulfilled, ill-defined void in people’s souls is exactly what marketers look for.
|Last year's unmanagably massive space. Ryan's going to experiment with "The Three Sisters" (corn, beans, and squash) as companion plantings once the weeds under the plastic cook a little longer.|
They also exploit our desire to see ourselves as a certain image. We all want to be the cool kids. And right now all the cool kids are growing tomatoes. What they don’t want you to know is the ones actually doing it are more likely to be using old sour cream containers than their hydroponics for dummies kit.
You can’t buy self-sufficiency at Williams-Sonoma or Lowes. It can only be bought in what my dad calls “sweat equity.” Our consumer culture is really, really bad at it. So far I’ve been bad at it, too. But it’s good for the soul.
|More like mammoth popsicle stick.|
|All the actual plants are in our front yard. I got impatient waiting for the raised bed to be ready.|
I’m definitely pep-talking myself here. If it helps you at all, dear reader, great! And I must confess I was agog over a dehydrator I saw in the Williams-Sonoma catalog. Maybe to reward myself when I have enough produce to require drying it for winter…
|Thank goodness for mesclun mix. If the world falls apart, we'll probably have to live on mesclun.|