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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Good chilly Sunday Morning Bedford County

Posted Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 9:24 AM
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  • Since I don't plan on posting a garden post, I might as well make some comments here. The straw I got is not just for spreading on the garden. Yes, I plan on doing straw bale gardening again this year but they are not for that either. Well, kind of not.

    I have had dismal success with blueberries, and want to do some other fruit bushes. I've tried a separate garden for them, but somehow the weeds and grass took over and I could not keep up with it.

    This year I am contemplating using my tire gardens for forming individual beds and placing them out in the lawn area, where I cannot ignore them. HOPEFULLY, they will grown bigger and get established and at that time I will probably remove the tire or ignore them by expanding the bed on the outside.

    So where does the straw come in? That will be part of my mulching and feeding program. I will encourage the straw to rot down like the bales. It really makes nice compost.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 10, 2016, at 9:17 AM
  • Last night was active for our pets. The pups and dogs got into trouble by playing and knocking over the heater in the greenhouse. Heater fall over, resulting in no heat and since we are not running the wood furnace anymore, it got chilly. That will NOT be good tonight.

    In a similar fashion, I would bet raccoons moved a lot of things in the garage last night. The result was drop cord lights used for heat were pulled from their places and the fan heater used for a large group of the cats was turned around. Not sure why the heating units were targeted but tonight will be much more important.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 10, 2016, at 9:31 AM
  • I was just outside for a couple of hours. Brrr!

    Not looking forward to this coming week-stay warm!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Sun, Jan 10, 2016, at 10:13 AM
  • I like the tire idea! They would be cheaper than building a raised bed and still be higher off the ground. I would like to paint them so they wouldn't look like an old used tire someone dropped on the lawn:>) What grows well in them? HP

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Mon, Jan 11, 2016, at 10:49 AM
  • "You can paint a pickle and make it look like a peach, but you still have a painted pickle!"

    Well, that's been my experience with a painted tire swing, once anyhow! But, it never hurts to clean up an old tire with a little paint, after all it's better then them ending up buried in the landfill!

    I personally think we all need a couple of them as flower beds, they can use the color, and I'm all for recycling; thus my collection of containers that I have so many of I can't get more bowls in my cupboard.

    Last spring I saw my dad tending to a few blueberry bushes he had planted a few years ago...they had been bush-hogged a few times and still wanting to sprout, they needed a tire or two around them as a reminder!

    BTW, horsepoopperson I received your message about a weed'em dinner, I'm game, just let me know when!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Jan 11, 2016, at 11:17 AM
  • There are all Lind of neat projects with tires. Google tire gardens or tire projects then go to images.

    Many of the projects require cutting and even turning them inside out. That can be a chore, even when you know how to do it. /-)

    The tire garden can be made quite attractive, as you will see in the pictures. I have not seen steel belted tires in a while but watch out for wire. It can bite.

    Painting can not only "disguise" them, make them pretty but can also help reduce overheating. I've found that they get pretty hot in our Summer's so plan on watering and maybe shading them in extreme heat.

    What is nice is that you can move them easily and they can squeeze in some tight spaces.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 11, 2016, at 6:19 PM
  • Boy, you would think I learned my lesson about typing on a smart phone, but I haven't. The first sentence should read, "There are all kind of neat projects with tires."

    Anyway, would there be interest in me bring a tire to our first W&R meeting to cut and demonstrate? I am not a specialist in this but have done it a few times. Nor am I an artist,but it will get the idea across and we can play with it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 12, 2016, at 10:07 AM
  • I think that would be interesting, A tire demonstration would definitely get my artistic creative wheels turning, if I've fed the squirrels up there that is!... Ha!

    Seems I might actually have a few "used" tires in the near future!

    "New" tires are in the budget this year, but not at the top. Maybe nothing will take it's place as a priority, although we all know that's a possibility!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Jan 12, 2016, at 12:03 PM
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