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Getting My Garden Ready

I have been planning my garden for several months now.
Even while we were on our roadtrip, I was planning my garden, spending quite a bit of time searching Pinterest and perusing the internet for great ideas to make this years garden better than ever.

I love to garden, I love working outside, and I especially love eating fresh vegetables that I know my hard work brought to my family.

We don’t plant outside here in Eastern Washington until the snow is off of Mt Spokane. At least, that is what the Farmers Almanac says. Even though the snow has been gone for several weeks due to a light winter, we’ve still had some chilly nights. We typically wait til Mother’s Day weekend knowing it ‘shouldn’t’ snow past that time. Although, just because it shouldn’t happen, doesn’t mean it hasn’t in the past. We have some pretty unpredictable weather here in the Pacific Northwest.

At any rate, we haven’t planted yet, but I do have a few starts going in my greenhouse.

During a typical summer, I spend hours upon hours upon hours weeding.
I hate weeding!
Does anyone really like weeding?
Except my Mom… does anyone really like weeking?
Such a daunting task.
Granted, it does give me some time to become one with Mother Earth so to speak, but I swear, the second I pull up a weed, five more grow in it’s place.
It’s worse than plucking a gray hair!

So this year I have a new plan of attack against weeding and for planting my garden.
I plan to cover my entire garden with rocks.
You read it right. Rocks!
Then I’ll use old tires for planting boxes.

The tires will give a very small growing space for my plants, and even less space for the weeds to pop up. Where it would normally take me hours to weed the entire garden, walking spaces included; I will now just have the space within the tire opening to weed. Plus the black tires will give the plants an extra boost of heat to grow bigger and fuller plants than before.

I have done quite a bit of research and nothing I have found has told me that the food that I grow will contain any toxins from the tires.

It really is a brilliant idea. I can say that because it wasn’t my idea.
My friends, Jake and Beth, gave me the idea.
And seriously, you should be following Beth on Instagram!

They have been growing their garden in tires for a couple of years now, and have never yielded a better bounty of beautiful veggies. How do you like them apples?

This is where I am at now.
Fabric is down.
SOME of the tires are in.

PicMonkey Collage

Still a lot of work to go.
I have a load of dirt and more tires coming on Saturday.
Fill the tires with good soil for plants.
Spread rock around the tires so it will look more appealing than the red fabric.
Then it’s planting time.

More on my garden to come as things progress.

In the mean time, I’d love to know how you grow your garden.
What are some of your best gardening tips for Spring?

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Jasmine
    April 29, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I can’t wait to have a house so I can start a garden. I can’t wait to see the outcome of your garden. 🙂

    • Reply
      ChasingZ
      April 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Gardening is so much fun. Even little pots are great to have if you have the weather for it 🙂

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    Cori
    April 29, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve never heard of using tires to keep weeds away, very interesting tip!

    My mom btw LOVES plucking weeds too! Strange duck!

    • Reply
      ChasingZ
      April 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      It doesn’t really keep the weeds away… just gives me a smaller growing space so there’s less room for weeds to pop up. It’s a lot to keep up with if I skip even a day of weed pulling in the late summer.

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    Kayla
    April 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    My house is supposed to be ready late November and I CANNOT WAIT to garden! Even though I’m pretty sure all my plants will die within a week lol best of luck with yours!!!

    Xoxoxoxoxo
    Kayla
    http://www.lostgenygirl.com

    • Reply
      ChasingZ
      April 30, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      I’m sure your garden will be perfect! I hope to see pics some day 🙂 Congrats on your new house!

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    Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama
    April 29, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Your garden is going to be fantastic!! I’ve never heard of using tires, so I’m excited to try it out when we finally start our garden!

    • Reply
      ChasingZ
      April 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      I’m excited too! I’ll be posting more as soon as things get going.

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    Abbie @Growing Roots and Wings
    April 29, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Love the tire idea! We are using this upcoming weekend to get out garden started too! Can’t wait to see more pictures as your garden progresses over the summer!

    • Reply
      ChasingZ
      April 30, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Gardening seems to be in the air this weekend. Good luck with your planting 🙂

  • Reply
    Ash @ Dirt In My Shoes
    April 30, 2015 at 3:10 am

    I am so ready to have my own yard so that I can start gardening! I love that you have a greenhouse too. I hope you’ll continue posting about your garden….I kill plants so I need all the help I can get!

    • Reply
      ChasingZ
      April 30, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      I hope to have some more posts up about gardening soon. The greenhouse has saved me the last couple years 🙂

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