Early spring the next year I started digging out the the big tractor tires. I emptied all the dirt out, added rotten logs, twigs, straw underneath, then replaced the dirt. I planted one entire tractor tire full of strawberry plants, to replace the ones of Paw Paw’s that died. (Only a fraction though, he had 7-8 small tires FULL.)
The second tractor tire I planted with bell peppers.
My other big project for that year was the huge hugelkultur mound I put in along that row. I removed all the tires and put in a section of cattle panel fence, then built the mound around it. I had so many tomatoes that year, we couldn’t use them fast enough.
I threw a few cucumber plants in at the end of the mound, but they didn’t do great in the tires. The soil just got too compacted, the plants kept drying out and the fruits were most bitter.
We tried planting potatoes in some of the stacked tires too. They made a few, but were small and kind of sad.
I decided two years of 6ft high weeds had seriously depleted the soil and it was going to need some building up to do well for vegetables.
The entire left side of the garden I just left covered. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it yet and the cardboard meant less weedeating.
Doesn’t seem like a lot of progress, but I was also very busy that year cleaning buildings, getting the house in order, working on the rest of the yard and just trying to wrap my head around what to do next with this place.