Here it is, June 12th, and I’ve already owned the farm for three entire weeks. It is frustrating being unable to come and go as I please, but the opportunity for unlimited access is now three weeks closer than it was before. Soon the tenants will be gone to start their new lives and all detritis of their old lives will become mine to sort through and discard. I don’t mean to make light of their lives — not at all — they are literally leaving me all the garbage.
What do I do with all that garbage? No joke, the fields hold 300 or more old tires spread out from one end of the property to the other. It will take me a week’s worth of time (probably more) just to collect them all into one pile. They are full of dirt, there are trees growing through them, one is home to the biggest G-D black snake I’ve ever come across. He will have to start a new life somewhere else, too! Who has an idea for all those tires?
I had, for the briefest of moments, thought about constructing a giant tire wall with them. Filling them with dirt and turning them into planters. Growing potatoes. But all those ideas really suck – I don’t want the petrochemicals and other icky stuff leaching into the soil any more than they already have. My goal really needs to be their disposal.
Send me a suggestion. A realistic one.