Car tire gardening (St. Lucas Institute Ghent / Willem Van Cotthem)

The construction of an interim vegetable garden on a former playground, to be transformed into new workplaces by the St. Luke Architecture School of Science & Arts, offered a group of motivated bachelor students of the course Interior Architecture a chance to accept the “green challenge”. Armed with shovels and rakes, potting soil and seeds, garden guides and sketch paper and a laptop, a paved, polluted and overgrown piece of the city was transformed into an outdoor studio where sun and rain determine the daily rhythm of life .

Thus, future interior designers could study how gardening and a garden as workshop can be integrated into their profession.

How to garden successfully in your own house?

The designing of this experimental garden as a house of weed and food (* HOW, House of Weed) was the first step. Taking stock of a collective inventory of the stored resources, both materials and knowledge of the students, formed the basis for detailed zoning and designing the garden. Separate teams studied spatial aspects such as the greenhouse, the terrace, the vertical garden, the hanging gardens, the concrete surface, the flower field and the zoo.

During the gardening activities and numerous confrontations with obstacles (too many roots and contaminated soil, too dry weather, too much shade, too little suspension points, not enough wood, radishes growing too slowly, escaping chickens, garden hoses too short, etc. ), the students developed an individual design-based research and a project proposal, resulting from the HOW-experience.

Finally, the harvest will be shared: cooking together, eating together, partying together, … with students, neighbors, friends, helpers and members of the jury.

And with a wider audience through a weblog

Car tires can be used as containers to grow food crops, saplings of trees, all kind of plants. Photos taken by students “HOW-WORKSHOP”.

2011 : Filling car tires with potting soil (Photo House of Weed - St. Lucas Institute Ghent - Belgium)
2011-04 : Germinating seeds in tires labeled with CDs (Photo House of Weed - St. Lucas Institute Ghent - Belgium)
2011 : Growing crops in tires on a concrete floor. Above hanging flower pots on washing lines and on tree branches (Photo House of Weed - St. Lucas Institute Ghent - Belgium)