I've made some minor additions/corrections to the Tire
Gardening Report and one quite significant addition, which
I'll copy below for your convenience. (I know there are at
least a few people here interested in tire gardening.)
The entire report may be seen at:
The significant addition follows. I really don't see how I
could have forgotten to include this one!
The last - but not least important - advantage to tire
gardening is that I just plain *like*
it. In my opinion,
it's very good psychologically because you can take
everything in small bites, and it never feels overwhelming.
It's easy to become paralyzed into inactivity if you feel
you need to plant (or weed, or turn the soil) in an entire
garden, for example, but one tire is no problem at all.
Then after you've done just one tire, you want to do another
...and another. It nicely breaks the work up into small and
manageable bites. Mel Bartholomew stresses these points
in his book 'Square Foot Gardening' , and they apply to
tire gardening as much as they do to square-foot gardening.
Tire gardening makes record-keeping for crop rotations very
easy as well: I can record what we planted in Row #3, Tire
#2, for example, very easily. No diagrams necessary, just
a simple listing of the row and tire numbers and their
If I had kept records of the harvest from each tire, this
would be useful in the future too (must do this next year!).
For example, if two tires full of Swiss chard aren't enough,
then the following year I'll know I need to plant three or
more tires of Swiss chard.
I can also plan for succession crops easily: for example,
it takes six weeks from seed to harvest for lettuce.
If I always want to have one tire's worth of lettuce
available, I can just plant one tire of lettuce every week
for six weeks, then repeat the process.