If you’re a keen grow-your-own gardener the next time you have your tyres replaced why not keep hold on to the old ones and try this recipe to reap a bumper crop of vegetables.
Apparently, the best way to grow potatoes, lettuce, spinach and tonnes of other veg is inside old tyres.
They provide the perfect raised bed and are especially effective in areas with cooler climates because the soil warms faster when it’s elevated. In addition, black tyres absorb heat.
Another aspect of “tyre gardening” is that the tyres allow better water drainage in clay soils.
All you have to do to get started is fill the tyres 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.
Using tyres allows you to extend your growing season because you can plant earlier and harvest later.
Here’s how you get started with potatoes.
Start with one tyre 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 tyre, toward the centre. Cover with soil.
When the plants get about eight inches high, add another tyre and fill with soil, leaving two inches of plant at the top.
Ideally, you’ll end with a stack of three or four tyres and great potatoes!
Happy tyre gardening.
Denna Bowman, Head Office