You'll remember that I've been wanting an outdoor space on the plot for a while, somewhere to grow a few things but mostly somewhere to get outside and do stuff. Since the Super Trailer finally moved into it's new space last year we've been able to plant things out and it's coming along amazingly.
Building this space has been the perfect thing to work on whilst I try and rest my shoulder and neck. Tom's done all the heavy work, I've just had to get my hands dirty with a few light things!
We've been collecting old tyres for some time, as they're the perfect thing to use in a garden that has recycling and reusing at it's core, and a garden surrounded by large vehicles! These bobcat type tyre tracks are seriously heavy, and make perfect instant raised beds. We found this lot last year and if your local tyre yard ever gets them in they'll be more than happy for you to take them off their hands.
Motorbike tyres are also pretty interesting and make a refreshing change from regular old car tyres. Their treads have more interesting patterns and they're easily stacked to the right height.
If I had space, I'd have these tyre tracks *everywhere*. They're pretty cool.
Once we'd decided where the beds should go, we were able to start thinking about our water use and re-use and how best to use that for the garden.
The local soil is heavy on the clay side, but the generous neighbours who delivered this lot for free also mixed in some sand to help with drainage. In turn, we mixed in compost to try and nourish the soil further.
We've had to think pretty carefully about what we plant, as we're not at the plot all year round, and if we're going to grow veggies, we might as well grow something that's fairly low maintenance and will be in harvest when we are there. Or at least things that others can make use of too. These are pumpkins and they seem pretty happy in their spot!
Besides growing a few veggies, we've also got a whole bunch of plants that can pretty much look after themselves, and survive the harsh summers in our absence. We've been given most of these plants and they're all doing well - this variegated agave was planted out in it's tyre stack last year and quickly rooted.
This yucca was given to us a couple of years ago, in need of a new home and a little TLC. It was planted out in it's tyre stack last year and already it's doubled in height and bloomed, so we're clearly doing something right!
Besides my ever favourite hardy succulents, there are several lavenders. This one was planted last year in the corner of the tyre garden we could plant out before the trailer was put in place. Planting in tyre stacks gives them the much needed root space - the plot is on an old gravel yard and you simply can't dig down. So instead, we go up.
There are 3 palms on the plot, all with a Formula One tyre in their stack, and each a different variety. These were pretty cheap locally and are of the few plants we've bought for the space. They bring an amazing structure to the place, architectural in a way the cacti and succulents aren't. They all work so well together.
There's lots more to show and share but this post is already pretty photo heavy, so I'll leave it there for now!
In a short time we've been able to put together a cosy, industrial space with plenty of greenery. It'll pretty much look after itself when we're not there and I can't wait to see how the plants grow around the tyres and washing machine parts.
ps/ the plot has it's own hashtag on Instagram should you want to follow along - #tyregardenofmutonia. If you want to have a browse you don't need an account, just click on the link and and it'll take you to a new tab where you can see the photos.