Tire gardening - contamination?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by ajaxlucy, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. ajaxlucy

    ajaxlucy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I just read Countryside magazine's article on gardening with old tires. Sounds good, but I wonder if any bad chemicals can leach out of the tires and be picked up by the plants. Does anyone know about this?
     
  2. edcopp

    edcopp Well-Known Member

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    Nothing dangerous leaches out of tires. I have been using them as planters of some sort for about 20 years. :)
     

  3. the mama

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    Recycled tires are used for playground mulch and to make tree circles. I use a tractor tire as my compost pile. Rubber is not biodegradable. Nothing leaches out that I know of. Just be careful as unused tires will hold water and grow misquitoes (however you spell them, they bite). :shrug:
     
  4. BasicLiving

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    The mama,

    I did a search through this forum for tire composting and found this thread and your comment. Do you simply fill the tire with your composting material and turn it (the compost material) occassionally? Do you have any sort of cover on it?

    Thanks for any info you can offer.

    Penny
     
  5. slfisher

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    I get wasps' nests in mine.