Got some old tires on hand? Building a tire garden is easy! At the butterfly garden where I work, we use tires to grow milkweed and other host plants for our caterpillars and butterflies.
The process is simple, once you have the tires. (Use care in handling old tires – use gloves and watch for metal or other hazards).
- Stack your tires, being sure to keep the configuration stable.
- Fill with compost or potting soil and add some plants. Most people suggest avoiding edible plants, as trace chemicals from the tires could leak into the soil. Visit BirdsandBlooms.com for container planting ideas.
- Like any container, these will dry out more quickly than garden beds, so be sure to water as needed.
- Get more tire garden advice and how-to by clicking here.
You can even paint the tires using appropriate outdoor paints (ask at your local home improvement store). Check out some of these creative ideas from around the web!
This is a great project for kids, too. A friend of mine helped her children’s school decorate and install inexpensive tire planters as a way to spruce up the grounds and get the kids interested in gardening.
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