The only thing I've had a chance to plant so far in our incipient tire garden is potatoes (mostly because I've been too busy getting ready for the Self-Reliance Expo in Colorado to get any other tires ready).
Planting potatoes in tire stacks is an old and established technique, so I anticipate a decent crop of potatoes this year.
First thing to do with seed potatoes is cut them into pieces, with at least one eye per piece. I had a fair amount of seed potatoes so I just cut them in half, though I could have cut them into smaller pieces. The potatoes should sit for about a day to "harden" the skin of the fresh cut, or they're more likely to rot when planted.
Meanwhile I laid out eleven of the bigger tires. We didn't cut off the sidewalls on these, because sidewalls make it possible to stack them.
Underneath every tire, I put a thick layer of newspapers (to cut weeds) anchored by hardware cloth mesh (to discourage voles).
After this, it was time to fill the tires. I used a combination of topsoil and composted manure. Trundle trundle trundle.
But slowly I got each tire filled...
...though I didn't get done until just before sunset.
The next day, with the potatoes hardened off, it was time to plant. A much easier process!
I laid out four pieces per tire...
...then buried them deep with a trowel.
A good watering...
...and that's it for the time being for potatoes. It will take awhile for them to grow enough to stack another tire on top and fill with straw.
Meanwhile I noticed some nips on my raspberry plants. Sheesh, deer damage already. These guys don't waste any time. Needing to get the plants protected, Don made some shafts...
...which he screwed firmly into the frame of the raised bed.
Then he strung baling twine along the top to help support the bird netting.
Meanwhile I took some hastily re-rolled netting from last year's (failed) garden...
...and trimmed off the jagged ends.
I literally wrapped up the raspberries in a six-foot-high envelope of netting, leaving one side with a generous overlapping for a "door."
I've become a huge fan of bird netting as a safeguard against deer. Not gonna lose my plants this year!