Our latest experiment: growing vegetables in our driveway!
Does it sound a bit crazy?
For lots of reasons it isn't for us. For one, we only have one car (and we save over $7,200 a year this way). And two, we have a crazy long driveway (last year we made it weed-free). We've quite easily fit 5 cars in it - such a waste of space for us.
Our hypothesis is that
cars and carrots can coexist in harmony.
But besides the alliterative value of those words, we have some other good reasons to give some of our driveway over to plants:
- Our backyard has a big black walnut tree that severely limited what could be grown near it. Do you have one of these? If you don't know about these big, beautiful trees, black walnut's secrete a substance (juglone) that kills many varieties of plants, trees and shrubs. It was easier to move the garden than the tree.
- Our driveway is south facing and has near constant sun all day. No other available part of our property has sun like this. In a late spring like this one, we will value every warm day we can get.
- We want to try container gardening - in particular Square Foot Gardening. We read about it years ago, but when we had an "in-ground" garden, it made less sense. We are all really excited to have a garden that starts weed-free and is easy to keep that way.
- It is easier to get the kids involved. They are older now, and can help more. Plus the container aspect clearly defines where the garden is and isn't, so they won't walk on the tender seedlings while they frolic to and fro all the live long day.
So this summer we will share our Driveway Garden experiment. We hope you'll follow along. And hey - if anyone reading has already done this and will share some tips or "Watch-Out-Fors" along the way - we'd be truly thankful.
Our next post will be how we made the raised garden boxes!
What do you think? Waste of a good parking spot or useful source of produce?