You may wonder what tire gardening is…
Nope, we don’t grow tires!
We grow some of our vegetables and fruits in tires!
This appears to work very well for us with some of our garden plants!
My husband is a part-time truck driver and the company he works for has a large pile of used tires that they have to pay someone to haul away. Dave asked if he could have a few. This saves them from having to pay someone, so they let him take them for free! BONUS!
We began with just two tires for our ever-bearing strawberries. With these, David cut off the sidewalls and partially buried them in the ground. It was more like a border. This was easy to mow and weed-eat around but did not keep the rabbits from jumpin’ in for dinner! And the birds! And the deer! —yup we feed not only people here but all the local critters as well! Lol
Last year, Dave brought home around 10 tires from work! I wasn’t sure at first what he aimed to do with these, but he told me he was going to plant our zucchini and yellow squash in them. In the past, our garden would be a huge jungle of zucchini and yellow squash vines and there was no way I could harvest them all because I couldn’t get to them. I can understand why some gardeners like to hill these plant up. David does not like to do this because he prefers the rows when he tills.
Well, let me tell you! This worked out beautifully! I was able to keep up with all the zucchini and yellow squash last summer!
(I don’t know if you’ve ever raised either of these veggies yet, but this is how it works—-
Monday – not ready to pick;
Tuesday – READY!;
Wednesday – Sweet mother of Moses! What is that ginormous thing growing in our garden!)
So you see — you gotta pick ’em at just the right time.
This year, Dave brought home around 10 or 100 more tires!
Here is what we have so far this year:
2 Ever-bearing strawberries (these were the same two I mentioned earlier. We have had them for a while.)
3 with three tomato plants in each (see pic)
3 with three cucumber plants in each.
2 with three zucchini in each
3 with three yellow squash in each
4 with June bearing strawberries
4 with various herbs
GRAND TOTAL: 22 tires!
It makes it easy to harvest, easy to mow around and it does deter the rabbits a bit if you leave the sidewalls intact.
How about you? Do you have any unique ways to garden?
Do you think you might try tire gardening?
Have you ever seen a ginormous zucchini or yellow squash in your garden?
Please, share in the comments.