Ask and ye shall receive...
When it comes to tires, that's all ya gotta do. Ask. Everyone wants to give you their old tires! Now that word has gotten out, we've been buried in the dirty (beautiful) old things. I'm getting them faster than I can process them.
I'm trying to lay out the garden as ordered and regular as I can. To this end I'm using measuring tapes and strings to line everything up.
These widely-spaced tires along this narrow strip of garden will be for viney plants such as pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloups, etc. I've put newspapers and wire mesh beneath each tire and they're now ready for planting.
I lined up a series of huge tires along a string to be used as herb beds.
In this respect, measuring tapes are very handy.
Then two evenings ago, we got a call from our friend Jack, who works at a tire store. He was on his way with the company truck to deliver a load of seventy tires (!).
Needless to say, his company is thrilled that we can use the tires, since otherwise they have to pay to have the tires recycled and/or processed. Jack said they'll give me as many tires as I could possibly want. And then some.
See? A veritable mountain of tires.
Then yesterday, Don and I borrowed a neighbor's trailer and drove to a nearby town that has a tire dealership specializing in tractor tires. They had dozens of huge old tractor tires they would be delighted to get rid of. "Dozens" would be a bit much -- these babies are huge and are correspondingly harder to manage than smaller tires -- but we'll take some.
It's hard to appreciate the size of tractor tires until you're up close to them. Don estimates they weighed about 300 lbs. each. The fellow used a forklift to load them onto the trailer.
The trailer held five tires...
...which we strapped down firmly before creeping home with our groaning load of 1500 lbs or so.
We chained up and used the car to drag each tire off the trailer. Don and I were then able to hoist each tire on its side and roll it out of the way.
Okay, time to get these things under control.
I started by trundling 27 of the biggest truck tires into the garden.
These I left uncut and merely stacked by the potato tires, to be held in reserve until it's time to start building the stacks.
That reduced the pile by about one-third. Then I sorted the remaining tires into small, medium, and large sizes.
There were a few small odd-sized tires mixed in, so I'll cut these and use them for flowers.
I stacked the cut-off sidewalls out of the way. We have some ideas for using these discarded parts.
Meanwhile Don tried his hand at cutting one of the tractor tires.
It was hard going, but he finally succeeded. The cut was wavey-ier and more jaggety than he wanted, so he said next time he'll use a chalk string to mark it so he can get a cleaner cut.
Next steps: cutting out sidewalls, moving the tires into the garden, lining with newspaper and mesh, and filling. (Oh, it that all?) I'm encouraged that for all the work I have to do this year, I'll have a whole lot less work to do next year.