Their most popular size is clearly for beginners–12′ by 16′. Depending on the site, it costs around $5500. Not cheap, but you know, people in Westchester spend their money on far stupider things. German cars and spa tubs leap to mind. I think that is a relatively small sum to pay for a garden that’s expertly designed, that will eliminate most headaches like marauding groundhogs before they become headaches, and that will allow suburban children to experience the ineffable miracle of the soil.
A vegetable garden the size of mine–40 by 52–would cost $40,000. That is more money than I ever could or would spend on my garden, but it’s not as if my garden were free, either. I spent money to have it plowed initially and to have several truckloads of the world’s weediest manure hauled in. Then I spent $4000 to have my neighbor Rick build me the world’s cutest garden shed. Then I spent $3200 on a 4-foot high cedar fence. Admittedly, this was a luxury I indulged in just for the sake of beauty and the ease of calling up Adirondak Fence and saying, YOU use the post-hole digger.
Unfortunately, I then had to spend $160 on rabbit fencing for the bottom few inches of the fence, laboriously applied by me. It did keep out the groundhogs, but not the rabbits, which this year ATE MY OKRA!!!! This enrages me, because I just love the occasional meal out of that old Paul Prudhomme cookbook Louisiana Kitchen. So, next spring, again, I will be out there with hammer, wire cutters, and shovel, fiddling with the fencing and in a very bad mood, because I’d rather be planting parsnips.
Okay, fine, I am nothing if not motivated. But I could see how such struggles with the infrastructure could drive the less committed away.
So insta-gardens? Fantastic idea, if it gets more people gardening. The people at Teich report that existing customers are now calling them back and asking them to enlarge their gardens.
There are worse ways to begin a movement.