in the middle of nowhere where the average annual rainfall is about 8 inches, is the Double Nickel Farm. When we bought this property we began calling it a farm, although it did not resemble any farm I had ever known. We had a dream and desired to make a go of things even if it seemed impossible.
When we began plotting a garden we realized that water would be key. After a year of research and a few trial and error attempts, we settled quite comfortably in using old tires for raised beds for our plants. The tires, filled with soil and stacked a few high, would keep the water exactly where we wanted it.
The plant roots would get the water needed.
The first year we left the tires as is, no color, and bought potting soil from the local stores. We planted about 20 tires.
The next year we collected more tires and I began to paint a few tires with the leftover paint from our house.
We were amazed at the yields from each tire-more exact-each plant. Our squash plants were incredible. One tire held about 2 plants, and we collected about 70 summer squash per plant in a season!
We began expanding tires and had over 70 tire stacks used last year! As we continue to garden in the desert we are experimenting with different seeds to see what we can grow here.
This is a photo from last year. The bags are feed bags filled with our own blend of compost/soil to make the perfect potting soil. The tires stack outside as we know we want all the tire stacks to be 3-4 high when we are finished.
This is the view from this year, with a compost mixture in the center of our own blends with a few bags of soil bought from the store. As we live southeast of nowhere and north of the sticks, we have to protect everything from varmints, so we have this area fenced and the rocks are to keep the rabbits from burrowing under the fence(as we learned this from the first year). It may seem bizarre to many as we are all about the perfect image and to be kind to the farm-this may seem eccentric to many. If you note the areas around the garden-there isn't any vegetation as nothing grows without watering, aside from Mesquite, which is what that stack is on the far upper left of the photo. We are constantly removing Mesquite and most likely will until we die!
We are planting trees for the farm, and our goal is for our pomegranate trees to take off so we can wind them around the garden Pomegranate trees are like weeds out here and can grow several feet high, and spread like wildfire. When the pomegranate spreads Bill and I will have a retreat from the blistering days of New Mexico weather in our very own oasis.