The Garden Gate


How strange that nature does not knock,
and yet does not intrude!
~Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper

Of course, Ms. Dickinson was not planting a garden. A garden, especially a vegetable garden, is no natural thing and nature can intrude. Good fences make good neighbors of nature and the gardener. A gardener, knowing what he must keep out, builds a gate to allow only him access to the harvest.  It need not be beautiful to exclude the woodchucks and the deer, for what do they know of hinges, frames and latches!

mallets, drills, grinders, gloves, cutters, clamps, grips, and saws,
cup of tea, and a book on CD

We shall see what things there are that don’t respect a fence.
But I dearly hope that I’ll have some tomatoes before that!

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Emily Dickinson and
Robert Frost took a walk
in the garden one day…
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2 thoughts on “The Garden Gate

  1. And if you figure in all this fence production, those tomatoes will cost about $12.50 apiece. We will enjoy them as at least that valuable (unless Mr/Ms. Chuck and the Chuckettes conquer the fence.) I don’t think they ate tomatoes in Emily Dickinson’s day, or she would have made some great poems about them.

    • Right. How many tomatoes do you think, to make it only $12.50 each?

      I was hoping that you’d come up with a punch-line for “Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost took a walk in the garden one day…”

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