gardening in tires
Why tires? First off, they’re easy to come by; mine came from an Earth Day cleanup and from my car (after a pothole ripped a hole in one tire). In fact, people keep offering me tires, leaving me tires, etc. I say, “Start your own tire garden!”
Tires are a traditional gardening container in the US and worldwide, especially in developing countries. Tire gardens can be found in rural, in suburban, and in urban America, and all over the world…see examples in Guatemala, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Mexico, Kenya, Trinidad & Tobago, and more.
Tires are durable, convenient, portable, and logical containers, especially when you’re a devotee of Mel Bartholemew’s Square Foot Gardening. A retired engineer (can’t you tell?), Bartholemew advocates laying out vegetable gardens as series of 1-foot-squares and figuring out how many veg like radishes (16), spinach plants (9), heads of lettuce (4), or tomato plants (1) can fit in each. Tires openings run about 17″ in diameter…not far off from the golden 1-foot square. Also, tires heat up and retain warmth.
And to top it off, tires stand in for the ultimate consumer expense: the new car. It’s time to turn that around.