Growing Potatoes in Car Tires
We seem to have 2 complimentary factors here:
- Potatoes grow well in bags, containers, or other semi enclosed setup (like a car tire)
- There are so many car tires for the taking you will never need to look hard to find them
The idea is to start with a few potatoes in the base of a single tire, then when the plants are about 6 inches in the air, you place another tire onto the first one and fill it with quality soil, leafmold, lawn clippings or coffee compost, leaving about 2 inches of foliage above the surface. That is it really, just keep repeating the process until you get as high as is practical. I’ve found that 3 standard car tires is about right.
The end result here is a bucketful of Kipfler potatoes.
There were a couple of earthworms sticking to this one, but I encouraged them to go back home!
As mentioned, there were a large number of worms in with the potatoes. So much so that I’m going to try the three tires as a worm farm and see how that goes.
You can also use those polystyrene containers to grow potatoes, and I’m seeing good results so far. In the mix here is matured compost, wood shavings, and plenty of coffee grounds.
Growing potatoes is relatively easy and fun to do. I’ve heard some objections to using old tires as a container for growing potatoes, and can appreciate those concerns. I may not use them to grow potatoes next year but it was worth the try.
Give it a go for yourself, and let me know how you find it. Hopefully as productive as I have.
What would you like to start growing in car tires or a container?
- Worm Farming with Coffee Grounds – Video (groundtoground.org)
- Hints and Tips for Planting Seed Potatoes (brighthub.com)
- How old tyres can boost your potato crop (etyres.co.uk)