Comments On - Tire Container Gardens

This could be fun.
SteveSWAlabama, Atmore, AL
Posted: 8/13/2015 9:49:01 AM
Unfortunately there is very little validated data on what, or how much (if any) harmful chemicals are leeched into the soil. And, I have found NO peer reviewed, validated research that confirms what toxic chemicals (if any) actually are absorbed by the plant AND into the fruit.

Yet article after article either warn against using tires quoting the same old non-verified "facts" OR promote it as a good idea.

And folks, putting containers (tires or anything else) on wood or other hard surfaces or lining with plastic is not a good practice to start with.

The jury isn't just out on this --- they haven't even been assembled. Personally, I will use other safe containers until some actual research is done on this (on food/container production, not just what is in the ground in a 100 year old dump site).
Norm, Bellingham, WA
Posted: 3/4/2014 7:54:39 AM
We used them as sand boxes
Sue, Chicago, IL
Posted: 8/28/2013 4:40:16 PM
Why risk contaminating the soil? Tire is only one of many options (myself it's not even an option!)There are plenty more to choose from.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/31/2013 4:45:40 PM
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 3/18/2013 11:43:27 PM
the article is very interesting. I especially like the colored tires as a border! Now about the chemicals leaching into the ground. If you don't know what they are, how do you know that the tires leach? If they do leach, why put them around trees? Is it just an assumption?
Beverly, Elizabeth, CO
Posted: 2/28/2013 12:45:30 PM
Interesting with concern
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 10/17/2012 7:28:50 AM
Tractor tires make great sandboxes if you have kids.
Ryan, Tecumseh, MI
Posted: 2/26/2012 7:48:38 PM
As Bruce brought up, not cray about the idea because of the possible chemicals can leach out into the soil, then your food.
chucklangrill@yahoo.com, Reno, NV
Posted: 12/18/2011 1:13:45 AM
These things hold a lot of planting mix or soil. If you are putting them on a non-permeable surface like a concrete sidewalk or patio, expect staining and discoloration of the cement. If you are using them on the ground, make sure that you won't want to grow anything in that spot after you take away the tire. It is still unclear just what chemicals leach out of the tire and into the soil.

Take a jig saw or saws-all and cut the sidewall out of the side of the tire you have facing upwards. This will double the usable area of the planter. The sidewalls cut easily and you can use the rings as collars around trees to reduce weed growth.

Think of growing potatoes in them. Instead of hilling the potato plants as they grow, just add another tire with both sidewall cut out and fill it with your planting mix. A good season will have you stack about 4 tires high. To harvest, simply remove one tire ring at a time and sift through the dirt to find your spuds.

Their black color will help to warm the soil in the early spring, too. That may get you planting earlier than your neighbors.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 9/15/2011 10:23:46 AM
This is a great way to recycle!
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 8/31/2011 8:21:23 PM
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