I'm sorry, I guess I didn't make myself clear. I did not mean for food to be grown in the tire berm. I was thinking more of a graduated berm like steps, but of tires with landscaping plants like small trees and bushes. Masses of Rhododendrons (what ever flowering shrub is suitable for your climate) for example could fill in the berm nicely and give passersby a nice inviting view. You could also place handmade signs in the tires welcoming people to you garden. I've also seen stacks of tires painted all kinds of bright colors.
Chris Kott wrote:I personally feel that toxic materials like tires are unsuitable for food production and play spaces. We have whole threads on why.
I think solutions consisting of soil, plants, and supportive infrastructure are much better options for a space that's supposed to teach healthier life choices.
Amit Enventres wrote:My thoughts went to a berm too, but where to get that much dirt? Craigslist is pretty good at fill dirt. We always have to be careful it is clean and therefore not from near old wooden structures which had lead paint. Arborists for wood chips, of course. Our city also has some designated locations for picking them up. Since cemeteries also have dirt.
To increase the inviting feel, I think, you can put some lawn furniture, stagger ther trees, vary the species of plants ( do it looks more like a hiking park than a hedge) and include edibles that people can recognize as edibles. Add a sign like "all are welcome" and a free seed library or other resource that they have to walk on the property to get to. Add some climbing rocks, pretty rocks, and a strawberry patch with some whirly wind things that sparkle and I think kids will have to be pulled away.