Axcelle came up with this great idea: when the peas are planted in tires, they are off the gopher radar. The gophers did their seed nomming drive by and didn’t notice the seeds.
Austin, Warren and Axcelle have created a beautiful and creative new area of the garden! The spiraling keyhole mandala and curving beds offer more space for planting and less paths. A planter created from tires holds strawberries and gathers more heat for nearby tomato plants. Newspaper and straw were used to mulch and prevent opportunistic plants from growing, and cardboard helps block light from undesirable grass and marks paths.
Currently there strawberries, tomatoes, mint, parsley, chives, sage and more herbs planted. Nearby are mature raspberry plants. We are hoping to add sunflowers, nasturtiums and much more.