Finally got the green beans planted! I'm racing the calendar here, trying to get the infrastructure for the tire garden in place with enough time that some stuff will actually grow. Smart gardeners in our area don't plant most things prior to June 1, and we can expect our first frost by mid-September (if not earlier), which leaves us about 90 days for a garden. With the peas planted, I turned my attention to green beans. First I had to build the rows.
Tools of the trade: wire mesh, tires, and cardboard boxes.
We had been laying down newspapers to control weeds, but we've been running out. We're using them faster than all our friends and neighbors can supply them, so we've switched to cardboard boxes.
I've been using measure tapes and baling twine to make sure the rows are laid out as symmetrically as possible.
Trundle trundle trundle. That's the story of my life lately, as I trundle composted manure from the pile outside the garden to the tires inside the garden. It took a long time to get those tires filled.
Meanwhile I prepped the beans. I have bush-style green beans (heirloom, of course) and counted out how many I'd need for my tires. Came to about 532 beans. No worries, I have plenty.
I soaked these overnight to prime them for planting.
I planted 19 beans per tire in 28 tires. We'll see if I have to thin them later.
Phew! Another veggie, done.
I also planted my herbs in the tires I had set aside for herb beds. With twelve big tires, you'd think I'd have enough room -- but no! I think I'll need more tires. I planted the usual selections: basil, oregano, cumin, sage, thyme, dill, etc., multiple tires of many of these.
Here's where I confess a deep dark secret: I bought some of the herbs pre-grown. Normally I wouldn't do that, but as I mentioned above, I'm racing the calendar.
I spent several days hardening them off, and finally planted them today: basil, oregano, thyme.
I still want to plant rosemary, hot peppers (it might be too late for those), horseradish (the roots arrived today), etc.
Little by little this garden is taking shape. I hadn't anticipated how much work it would be -- but for all the work I'm doing this year, there will be correspondingly less work to do next year. At least that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.