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My new raised bed project!

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Wednesday after I got the other two new tires for my truck put on, I brought home not only my two old tires to use for raised beds and save on disposal fee, I got five tractor tires and two semi tires to fit in the back of the truck as well! :) All nice big tires to make nice beds for my flowers and veggies! :) The man at the tire shop was glad for me to take them, as he had just gotten rid of a truck load and had to pay $750 to be rid of them!

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Now that I can get back digging the root cellar,

I can fill the tires with the rich soil from the hillside! :D

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Glad to see you can repurpose

Glad to see you can repurpose them. I remember seeing them in peoples yards growing up filled with lavender phlox. I might just have to add one out in my garden, thanks for the idea!

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Free is what they are,

so since they are easy to assemble, just plop them down and fill them with dirt/compost/plants/seeds, I just as well use them! :D

The man at the tire shop said come back and get as many as I want!,,,,I'll get more when I go into town Tuesday. :)

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We got a good soaking yesterday,

so I should have an easy time digging to get dirt to begin filling them, I'll kill two birds with one stone, remove dirt from root cellar site and fill raised beds! :D

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Oh!,,,My back! Not!

Five wheelbarrow loads dug and put one each into the tractor tires, and my back is actually holding up good! :D

They'll need at least one more load apiece, but I'm glad it went so well! :)

After all that, I still felt up to helping my sister do some canning! :)

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I got more yesterday!

5 heavy equipment tires and three truck tires fit, what a heavy load! :D

I got three more loads of dirt put in the tractor tires yesterday too, and I'm finally seeing a bit of headway on the root cellar now! :)

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More!

3 wheelbarrow loads yesterday, 4 today, plus another load of tires! :D
I would dig more today, but the rain we are getting, though only 0.04 inches so far, along with the moisture already in the ground makes it be getting too muddy.

I want to keep going, but know the moisture is too much more important to complain! :D

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Well, can't wait to see the

Well, can't wait to see the pictures, sounds like you've made a lot of progress!

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I best take some soon then!

Of course though, there's not much to see yet, Might be better if I waited till I got things growing in them? :)

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We seem to have missed out,

on the rain storm, other than the 0.04 in. we got that spoiled my digging, so I got back at it today despite the wind storm, and have got 5 loads dug already so far today! :D

I planted a package of 50 tulip bulbs in some of the smaller tires. :)

I think I'll continue using the smaller ones for my flowers, the irises in some by my shop have done well, and there is one that still needs thinned out more for sure, even though I took a bunch of starts from it already just a week or two ago. :)

I'm planing on using drip irrigation to water my garden plants in the tires.

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Still a bit sore from,

not only digging 21 wheelbarrow loads of dirt last week, loading and unloading all those tires, but now my knee is bothering me possibly from aggravating my arthritis yesterday when I nearly wrecked my bike when I ran over (or more like into, as he now probably weighs at least 70 pounds and is quite solid) one of the dogs with it.

At least now he has been listening to me about not chasing cars! :D

I guess he decided one wreck from accidentally being run over was enough! :)

No bike ride today though, walking seemed to be massaging the sore joint, which is why I figure I aggravated the arthritis in it.

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Take It Easy

Larry, you need some time off.

The silver lining about your dog not chasing cars is good ... I'm glad you didn't run into him too hard, but it's hard to get them to listen sometimes, isn't it?

Take a good soak with salts in the water, altho' the walking seems better, huh?

Cheer up!

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RE: Taking it easy,

That's been just exactly what I've been doing! :D

Between my soreness from all that digging last week and the knee, I've been sure to take it easy so far this week! :)

I did get around to getting 1 wheelbarrow load dug yesterday, but resisted the temptation to get a second one done so I could finish healing better, also I got back on the bike today, and I picked up a small load of tires while in town to get parts for my Suburban. :)

With what I got today, I have 1 row each of tractor tires, heavy equipment tires, light truck tires, and 1/2 row of heavy truck tires.

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Man, You'd Love ...

... the tires my uncle can get from the open pit mines of upstate Minn!! Something like 12 feet tall!!!

One year, they got one of the inner tubes and a whole party of people went tubing down the river. :)

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Around here,

tires that big get one side cut off to use for cattle feeders.

A construction company near my mom's house in town does anyway, they come from a mine too, not sure but some of these may be bigger than 12 feet, maybe even 20 feet!,,,Or did you mean 12 feet was the width of the tire, 12 feet tall laying down?

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I'm Not Sure ...

... some could've been like 20' tall. I still can't believe that guy in your town had to PAY to get rid of tires, particularly when the carters turn around and sell them for gully dams and chopped up for race tracks. You know, way back when, we were all told recycling was to have brought prices down ... bad planning or a con? Who knows. I still believe in the barter system and recycling for one's project ... much as Sussexman is good to point out.

Oh! I just ranted!! Must be a storm brewing!!! ;)

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I've just about picked them clean!

There was only one tire I saw left big enough to suit my usage after I got a load Monday. :(

I'll have to wait till they get more!

I now have 33 tractor and heavy equipment tires plus all the heavy truck tires, lots of digging to do to get them all filled! :D

I've dug I think 9 wheelbarrows of dirt so far this week. :)

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After having dug about 60 total wheelbarrows full,

I noticed my faithful favorite shovel to use for heavy digging is getting worn flat where it is supposed to be pointed on the end.

I only paid a bit for it at a yard sale, but it is a professional grade contractor shovel, and has planted lots of trees/pried loose lots of rocks, stuff that I used to go through lots of shovels doing till I got it!

I have more contractor type shovels that I since inherited from my grandpa, they are so old I almost hate to go to using them for fear of ruining the historical value of them but I doubt any of them would bring more of a price than a new contractor shovel would cost me.

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Well, Save A Couple

But you're probably right.

So what's the cubic foot capacity of your wheelbarrow, and what's that multiplied by 60?

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Not sure,

It's a full size wheelbarrow, I estimate near 10 cubic feet, so 600 cubic feet or 22 yards.

But the dirt expands a lot as I dig, so it only looks like a 2 yard front end loader took about 3 or 4 scoops out!

As of last night when I quit, I had dug 15 wheelbarrows full so far this week putting me about 65 total.

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Like They Say

God moves mountains (but ya better bring a shovel) ;)

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That's very true,

though he could do it all without us, we have reason to do our part too! :)

It's all in our own best interest to work hard to do what he could do with the blink of an eye! :D

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A few photo's!

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25 loads of dirt this week putting me at around 70.

Now I'm taking it easy and enjoying my day off! :D

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Wow, just looked at your

Wow, just looked at your pictures. You've done a bunch of work! Looking good!

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Thanks!

:)

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I'm enjoying my "week off".

I could tell after my first hard week that one day off after five days of digging was not enough for me, nor was two, or even digging half as much a day as after only two days of that I had to quit for the rest of the week.

Then I was able to get more done my third week, then took 4 1/2 days off, and got back on it a bit this afternoon by digging two loads, I think I may do more, but always think that! :D

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91 loads so far I think,

also I saw more big tires at the tire shop for me to go get. :)

I've finally got it deep enough to park the wheelbarrow in and not have the handles stick out of the level of the ground! :D

Definitely much more digging to do, so I won't run out of dirt to fill my tires with! :)

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That's Too Funny

Larry, you're obsessed!!!

:lol:

But from the pics, it does make a very nice terraced affair on that slope.

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The terraces make

stairs to get up there easier too! :D

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Wow Lar, how much land you

Wow Lar,

how much land you gots?

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Only 5.6 Acres,

Most subdivisions around here come with 20 acres. (wide open spaces) :D

I am the biggest lot on the small subdivision I'm on though! :)

I got another load of tires Friday, now I have my third row of tractor/heavy equipment tires done, and my double row of heavy truck/small tractor tires mostly done as well. :)

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Mang... what I would do with

Mang... what I would do with 20 acres...

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Sounds like a lot,

but around here that's about enough pasture for a horse or two, though many have horses on smaller places and feed lots of hay.

Also, though the soil is often rich and has lots of beneficial micro organisms, we have a very arid climate and lots of grasshoppers and other garden eating pests.

My place is over half gravel, probably 3/4 even, and there is little nutrient in the sand between the rocks as well as it dries out really fast, then if I could get things growing there, it is only a few feet to groundwater there.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence though I guess! :)

Just have to work with what we have! :D

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So, you are filling the tires

So, you are filling the tires with the gravel/sand mix? Doesn't sound good.

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Actually,

I am filling the tires with the soil from where I'm digging my root cellar in the hill behind my house,,,,it seems they must have pilled the top soil that came from on top of the gravel back before there was a gravel pit here along the edge back there, possibly to keep all the ground water coming out and forming a swamp in the gravel pit.

But I am going to stone mulch with the river rock gravel.

Anyway, I get lots of good soil out of there, though the hole doesn't seem to get bigger very fast from the soil expanding lots as I dig it, and the gravel pit is almost a swamp anyway.

If I do hit water while digging I hope to simply run it under the root cellar through pipes to flood irrigate the top side of the gravel pit to aerate the water to help the water in the gravel pit from being stagnant.

I already tried several natural remedies to keep the water clean, but it is getting harder!

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Getting kind of burnt out on the digging,

so I'm switching to getting some rock picking done again, also I went for my first long walk in quite a while here this morning, so that has boosted my motivation some!

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Post some new pictures so we

Post some new pictures so we can send you some "atta boys" that'll motivate you!

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Not much change to see,

I've been working on pruning and thinning out the trees in the gravel pit here the last few days, doing this a bit at a time as they one by one loose there leaves. :)

I usually wait till they have all lost there leaves, but with my arthritis doing them all at once gets to be a bit much for my joints.

If I get that all done by the time the ground freezes, which should be no trouble, I can get back on the digging with both my body and mind being rested from it and go with a new head of steam! :D

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I'm getting rested good now,

and have been starting to want to start digging again now, but now it is time to be keeping up with the firewood, lots of work to do splitting!

My mom and sister got me a slide-hammer wood splitter for my B-day, works OK on really big pieces and gnarl y pieces, but makes more work on smaller pieces.

Of course I'm splitting pine, which if is free of knots, can even be split with an ax, but I do have lots of big pieces with lots and lots of knots, which the slide hammer will come in handy, as even though it seems to be more work than a hammer and wedge, it is easier on my back.

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mmm root cellar. I am going

mmm root cellar.

I am going to be digging one one of these years also. I want to do it up log cabin style. We shall see how that goes though. heh

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RE: Log cabin style.

I might do that too, my uncle suggested getting old bridge timbers from the count road crew, should be cheaper than buying new and still plenty good enough for my purpose,,,,just have to clean them up really good!

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Placer mine style may help finish digging,

I've been buying a couplers and fittings as well as ordering tubing to make the hoses and then I'll just need a nozzle for the water pump,,,,wish me luck! :D

Saving pumpkin seeds too!,,,,got them drying right now! :D

Gotta have pumpkins for putting up besides my Hubbard squash, the squash are way too moist for making pies out of! :)

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I can almost find the root cellar again,

as it is almost out from under the snow drift, but has standing water in the bottom.

The pond has at least an inch of water on top of the ice.

But, it's a long time to spring!,,,Time will fly by though! :D

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IS IT SPRING YET!!?? i am so

IS IT SPRING YET!!?? i am so READY for Spring?
I have been tinking of outting in some raised beds in the garden. I have seen raised bed kits in gardening catalogs... or have Hubby make them. :-)

debs

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There pretty easy to make,

might save some money too! :)

Only 2 months and 2 days till spring, the time will go by fast, just think happy gardening thoughts and you will be there! :D

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Only 2 Months?

That really isn't long at all!!

I've got lots of winter birds to feed and that keeps me from grumbling about this weather ... mostly!

Now I've got 2 squirrels tag-teamin' me. Usually if I chase them 3 times (not 4, not 2, exactly 3, I don't know why) they're gone for the day. And it's my own fault when they look particularly miserable and I let them stay and I put out hazlenuts for 'em. *sigh*

We started with snow last night, just a couple inches, but now it's freezing rain ... don't have to go anywhere today and should the sun accidently poke thru, it'll be pretty anyway. Not even gonna clean off the car until the ice is done, MUCH easier to clean off that way.

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I haven't really seen Hazelnuts in the stores here this winter,

send some my way, if the squirrels can spare a few! :D

I need to get some more bird feed out today, mostly to see if the house finches are back, not much else that comes to the feeders is around at all this time of year!

I saw 7 or 8 Bald Eagles yesterday 4 males and 2 or 3 females all in one spot, and another female in another! :)

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Sorry, No Spares Larry!

I'm almost out too, but they look well fed so I don't worry too much. They don't eat the almonds! Guess I should whack 'em with a hammer before putting them out, as well as the walnuts (I had an old batch of nuts I forgot to put in the fridge).

A whole flock of Bald Eagles! I would've been stunned in place, my oh my. We have nests in the Delaware Gap area and they are a once-in-awhile great treat.

Cool!!!! :)

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I got some more ordering done for spring,

48 bushes and trees grown in 100 cubic inch containers for $240!,,,,Lilacs, Caragana, Crab-apples, and Green Ash. :)

The birds and deer are going to love me if these survive. :D

I'm going plant these in my raised beds so they shade my squash after they get established, then by the time they get too shady, the raised beds will be ready for herbs and becoming good a windbreak. :)

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