Tire Planters

bamaconnieMarch 30, 2010

I live way out in the country on 2 acres of woods with no close neighbors so I can do pretty much what I want to in the yard. Old tires make great planters. I stack two up, put about 12 empty drink cans in the bottom then start filling the tires up with alternating layers of straw and soil. I usually plant tomatoes or peppers in them. The tires hold water in so don't have to be watered every day. Also good for veggies that rabbits will eat as bunnies don't climb.

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I have heard that using the tires exactly like you describe, is a perfect way to grow potatoes. You can continue to stack and layer the potatoes as well.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 11:12PM
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I've been reading a LOT online about planting in tires. About 75% of the articles seem to say it's perfectly safe, about 10% says it's OK and maybe 15% say it's not safe. I haven't seen any scientific studies that say WHY it isn't safe, but I've seen some that have said that it's ground-up tires (like used on playgrounds or for mulch) are a potential problem.

What's the "take" on this issue for y'all? Safe? Unsafe?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 11:42PM
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I was wondering the same thing. Does anyone know if it's safe to plant in directly in the tires, or do they need to be lined with plastic? I haven't seen anything about lining them on the Internet articles...but a poster said they could be dangerous. Is this true with older tires, or just those recently used on roads?

My nephew would like to try growing potatoes and maybe carrots and parsnips in tires and I would appreciate any ideas and information on this. Thanks in advance :)

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 2:20PM
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i figure it couldnt be any worse than planting in 5 gal plastic buckets, lol. i'm from georgia and when i was growing up tires were yard art, planters, swings, etc. the ones with the zigzag edges painted white were actually pretty.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 7:19PM
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I have heard that it is safe to plant food in them. Any possible seepage of chemicals isn't any worse than what you'd encounter in the ground soil. I heard they were nice to use as raised bed planters because they hold in the heat and, like any raised bed, you control the soil content.

I remember the tire planters of my youth that were cut with the zigzag pattern and painted. But I love the tropical bird planters made from tires in the link below. They are amazing!

bamaconnie, please be sure to post pictures if you do decide to create tire planters!

Here is a link that might be useful: Tropical Bird Tire Flowers

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 2:16AM
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rosiew(8 GA)

Who knows the perfect paint to use on tire planters. I'd love to do some.

Thanks, Rosie

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 7:54AM
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I would think any outdoor paint would work as long as you clean the tires really well. Below is a link on how to make a tire planter.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to Make a Tire Planter

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 12:35PM
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I use latex house paint to paint tires with. It lasts for a few years.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 1:18PM
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I followed a couple links from Luna's "How to Make a Tire Planter", and found this warning about planting food in tires. :(
Beware Cadmium Poisoning
Just a caution about growing food in tyres. Tyres contain cadmium which fixes the colour in rubber. Cadmium, though little talked about, is one of the more poisonous of the metals in our environment. Potatoes are known to accumulate cadmium, as do cabbages, carrots, radishes, lettuce, turnips, tobacco, cocoa and peanuts. Obviously potatoes are a concern because they form a large part of most people's diet. As is the case with all heavy metal poisoning, the early symptoms are not noticed until it is too late.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 2:00AM
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