Now if I had three like the centre one I'm sure I could win a prize at the Village Show!
I had two lovely readers of this Blog email me privately for veggie and lavender advice over the weekend (if you're reading this I hoped I helped). Now I am always more than willing to pass on my limited knowledge. I love what I do and I hope that shows in the pictures I take and the stories I tell, but I have to say I'm no expert.
I've no wish to be an expert really I just love having a go at new and challenging things. If you tell me something can't be done, I'm the first to see if I can do it!! So if anyone wants to ask my humble opinion on things please go for it, I'll do my best to help. I only know what I have picked up over my long and at times challenging life, but I am more than willing to share any knowledge that is lurking in the dark and deep recesses of my mind.
One thing I have got right this year is onions. The best of them all is the tyre onions. I only planted a couple of leftover onion sets in each tyre and they have grown SO much bigger than the ones in the onion beds. Both the white and the red. Proof indeed that you don't need lots of space to grow your own vegetables.
Cosily tucked up in their tyres...
I'm not exactly sure why this is the case. Maybe it's the compost rather than soil, or the extra warmth and draught-proofing that the tyres offer newly planted things or just that one watering can full of water is a good measure for each stack of tyres. Or maybe it's all three, but whatever the reason, tyres are easy to get hold of, easy to stack and fill, can be painted if you want them to look posher or even screened with a bit of willow hurdle if you want to be very posh. One thing I know for certain, no matter how much land I have, or how little, I'll always make room for a few stacks of tyres.
...then strung up by their necks.
And one last bonus it's a fantastic way of recycling something that would otherwise go to landfill. If you need to get hold of some, ask at your local garage or tyre-fitters. They have to pay to get rid of them, so will usually be happy for you to take some away.