Strapped for space or completely yard-less but jonesin’ to get down and dirty in an organic garden? LA’s Conor Fitzpatrick has got you covered.
His MinifarmBox, a raised 4’ by 4’ planting bed made with sustainably harvested redwood or cedar and sealed with nontoxic flax seed oil is compact, fun and easy to assemble and maintain. Best of all, the MinifarmBox is geared towards green greenthumbers — it comes with a user’s guide for beginners.
In addition to the instructional guide, the MinifarmBox ($159) comes with optional 100 percent organic soil, a customized irrigation system, and a weed screen. If you have the space to spare, you can upsize your box to 4’ by 8’ or opt for a rolling patio box (both $289). You supply the water; Mother Nature supplies six to eight hours a day of sunlight.
And despite its pared down size, the MinifarmBox doesn't yield paltry, small-scale produce. According to the MinifarmBox press release, a standard 4x4 box can grow up to 80 pounds of tomatoes, 50 pounds of beets and 70 heads of lettuce.
Here in Brooklyn, I still don’t have room for something like a MinifarmBox — a fire escape tomato plant or a couple of windowsill herbs is as advanced as I can get. But, hey, a boy can dream.