Plant a garden in your tired tires (Google / Examiner)

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Plant a garden in your tired tires

My son read the best way to grow potatoes was in old tires. It’s true. Not only potatoes, but also other vegetables such as seeded lettuce and spinach do well. Old tires provide a raised bed. This is especially good for areas with cooler climates because the soil warms faster when it’s elevated. In addition, black tires absorb heat. Another aspect of “tire gardening” is the tires allow better water drainage in clay soils. Fill tires with a good mixture of soil and you’ll supply a better environment for roots to grow. The deeper the root the stronger the plant (I think I heard a sermon about that this week.) I guess it’s true about a lot of things.

Using tires allows you to extend your growing season because you can plant earlier and harvest later. Because of our higher altitude, this advantage is truly helpful.

Now, what about those potatoes? You start with one tire and fill it with soil. Cut seed potatoes with at least two sprout buds, or eyes to each piece. Place about four pieces in each tire, toward the center. Cover with soil. When the plants get about eight inches high, add another tire and fill with soil, leaving two inches of plant at the top.

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Author: Terri Michel

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.