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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tire Garden: Day 42

Here's a long over-due update on our home tire garden, now on Day 42.

I've been very pleased with our efforts so far. We did our initial planting the weekend of March 7-8, 2009. You can read about Day 1, Day 2, and Day 13 by clicking on the links.

Just this week, I've started gathering mesclun and radishes for eating:

Mesclun blend: Radishes:

We succession planted the mesclun and spinach so it wouldn't all come in the same week, so we should have some nice greens to eat for the next few weeks until the weather starts to stay too hot. You can see from the photos above that the radishes look great, and the greens are growing nicely.

This photo shows the entire bed of greens: in all the tires are spinach, mesclun, romaine and bib lettuce. In the center of the tires at the top is radishes, middle is green onions just starting to peek through and at the bottom is more beets.
This other set of beets didn't produce quite as well as I had hoped, but we do have few coming up. I hope the beets planted in my mesclun bed will produce better for me.
You can see in the photos below that my dear little 3 year old helper put quite a few carrot seeds in her tire - these will have to be thinned out some.

Of the six tires we planted in peas, 3 tires did not produce; I had older seeds and was using them in hopes they were still good, but apparently they aren't. Not to worry, I'll be planting swiss chard in those tires this week instead.

The other 3 tires of peas are doing very well.

Here are the 6 tires of potatoes. I need to add more dirt on top of the potatoes and another tire, to make them deeper. I'm out of good dirt and will be getting some this week so I can get this task accomplished.

In the next couple of weeks we'll be starting our tomatoes and peppers - this year we are going to do some of our tomatoes as hanging tomatoes - I'll be sure to post and provide photos of that as we go along.

Are you gardening yet?

4 comments:

Benjamin Franklin said...

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

Great post, wish we had tires in the 1700's

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erniesjourney said...

Wonderful!!! Here's hoping I don't kill everything when I try soon!

Kymber said...

I am still super jealous TN...but sooo happy that your tire gardens are coming along so well...I will let you know when I get my stuff planted in my tire garden...it's gonna be a while though as our last frost-free date is May 24...but all of my little seedlings are doing awesome so far!
Please keep us updated on your tire gardens!

Kymber said...

hey btw...i hope you don't mind...but i did a post on the Nova Scotia Preppers Network on my seedlings and about my tire gardens...and linked to your blog as well!

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