How to Grow Vegetables in Tires


Before you throw out or recycle your old tires, consider making them a part of your home garden. Tire planters can house a variety of vegetables such as potatoes, turnips, onions and other root-like plants. They can add a bit of rustic decorum to your garden as well as functionality.

Step 1

Spray the tires down and make sure to rinse away any dust or debris.

Step 2

Paint the outside of each tire with white paint. Two or three coats of paint is ideal to help shield away heat and sunlight from your plants.

Step 3

Let the tires dry for two days.

Step 4

Place each tire on the ground in a spot of your choice.

Step 5

Fill each tire with equal amounts of soil and soil-additives. Each tire should have 5 pounds of soil and about 2 pounds of sand in it.

Step 6

Water each tire thoroughly, turning the soil into thick sludge-mud.

Step 7

Plant the potato tubers into the well of one of the tires, 2 inches beneath the soil.

Step 8

Plant the turnip bulbs into the well of another tire, 2 inches beneath the soil.

Step 9

Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the onions and ginger, using the remaining two tires.

Step 10

Water the tire planters once a week, filling the well with water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Over-frequent watering can give the meat of potatoes a "dirty" taste.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinyl house paint (4 gallons)
  • Large bristled paint brush
  • Tires (4)
  • Potting soil (20 lbs)
  • Sand (10 lbs)
  • Turnip bulbs (4)
  • Potato tubers (4)
  • Onion bulbs (4)
  • Ginger tubers (4)
  • Hand trow/digging tool
  • Hose with sprayer nozzle

Who Can Help

  • Vegetable gardening
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Chelsea Hoffman is a professional freelance writer with works published both on the Web and in print. She currently resides in Las Vegas. The author of the new series of horror novellas, titled "Fear Chronicles," her work can also be found on environmental websites like, where she helps spread environmental awareness with her mighty pen.