Remember I said with the constant increase in the corona virus many of us are forced to engage in homestead farming. Not all of us have access to a vast land space to practice homestead farming. There is an alternative to do that and we need not strive looking for a vast land space. 

Thought of how to recycle the old tires lying around? Then start “Growing food in tires”.

Growing food in tires or rather tire planting are safe if it is to be used for a short term only, Short term in the sense that the pandemic will not last forever and we will not always be confined to our homes all the time. this is just temporary. 

It is advisable to be safe in times like this with what we eat. The tires are of different kinds, some made of rubber, carbon black, vulcanizing agents, antioxidants, antiozonents, polymerization accelerators, plasticizers, oils and solvents. The aforementioned are all components of tires. If used for long term, the rubber tire will slowly biodegrade and release carcinogenic PAHS (Polyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) and other toxic compounds into the garden soil which can be harmful to the plant growth as well as the end consumer.

Vegetables such as Spinach, Lettuce, Green onions, Okra, Zucchini, Radishes, Potatoes, Ugu, Basil leaves, etc.

Examples of vegetables and their growth days:- 

Spinach – 30days

Lettuce – 30 days

Radish – 21 days

Potatoes – 70- 120 days

Basil leaves- 14 days

Its advisable to plant short term foods in tires and not long term foods. vegetables are examples of relatively short term . The biodegradation, leeching process in tires are slow. Hence, these vegetables are not likely to become a major contributor to the overall diet, any risk would appear to be low. weed control is more manageable.

I urge us to eat healthy and keep encouraging organic farming at a time like this.


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Cathy I. (2020) Great Garden ideas using Old Tires southeastagnetcom

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Susan Smith. Grow Potatoes in Tires, Master gardener

By Akinbinu Deborah (debbiebamz). PGD Public and Environmental health.


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