This project has been in existence since about 2006, and merely began as a clean-up project on my friend's farm. The Hildred farm has been running for about 70 years, and has had numerous vehicles come and go, though the tires have stayed around. When they inquired about disposing of them, the cost at that time to dispose of a tire was $3 PER POUND! As anyone who has flipped a tire knows, the disposal of a single tire could break the bank at that price. Something had to be done, and thus from necessity was born the Tire Garden! We've developed these mostly through trial and error, and though we've sold a few we want to teach you how to build them if you want to.

The Tire Garden Homepage
The Tire Garden Facebook page

 After the first few years of growing in these, we realized that not bending down was not only comfortable, it made weeding enjoyable! This made fewer weeds, which meant bigger plants. Because of this, it's very useful for those who don't want to bend down to weed but still like to grow a garden, like your parents or grandparents. Although our first gardens were made from tractor tires, we had a few semi truck tires around too. These turned out to be movable with the fork lift, and therefore pretty handy to give away as presents (yes we asked first). We filled the bottom 2/3 with mulch created as waste from a pallet recycler, filled the top with locally produced compost, and wrapped a "skin" on the outside made from off-cuts of the hardwood and lumber industries. When we found out that one of the world's largest tire dumps which is  visible from space, was about an hour from us, it occurred to us that we could perhaps call these neat little gardens "99% repurposed materials"!

Step 1: Stuff You'll Want

Tires, any size but each tire must be within 1" of the tires on either side of it in the stack(I'll explain later)
   Tractor tires: 75" and up
   Semi tires: ~36"
   Car tires: ~18" (good for replacing those rotten whiskey barrels in your front yard!)
2" stainless screws
Mulch for the bottom 2/3 of each stack (your city probably sells it from trimming operations)
    NOTE: If you're making tractor tire gardens, they don't have the support to use mulch in the bottom. Take up some space with a few short logs, and see if you can find "fill dirt" which is cheaper than topsoil
Planting soil for the top of the stack (local compost is great)
Skin material, which can be:
   Paint, look for old 1/2 cans at a hazardous materials redirection sites
   Wood scraps, such as: crown cuts from sawmills, straight liner cut offs from hardwood processing, old fence boards, or pallets (if you're desperate, they're hard to disassemble)
Seeds or plants
Ladybugs [optional]

If you're using wood scraps, you'll need a way to attach them. We have a pallet bander, which works beautifully, and that's a great option if you can borrow it from your shipping department. Black ratchet straps will work plenty fine, although the buckle might be in the way. A winch and small aircraft cable would work as well, as it can be crimped out of the way. As a last resort, you can screw the boards to the tires.

****IMPORTANT**** You must cover the tires with something (anything) light colored to prevent overheating of the soil and the plants. 

Plastic pallet if you want to be able to move it later with a fork lift [optional]

Tools you'll need:

Jigsaw with a lot of carbide wood blades for cutting the sidewalls out
Chop saw
Wheelbarrow and shovel
Pallet bander
Tape measure
6' Level or string level and string
Corded drill (no really, putting screws in rubber will destroy the trigger circuitry on a cordless)

Measure all your tires before you pick them! One of the things you'll notice at the tire shop is that the tires have no common diameter. In semi truck tires alone we've measured up to a foot in diameter. In order to stack properly, a tire must match the one below it in diameter by within an inch, less if possible.
would be good to note that if one doesn't have access to banding and a banding tool that simply screwing the boards to the tires would be effective.
What do you do with the sidewalls once they are removed?
On a small scale basis, they do fit in the bottom of the tire stack, as long as the bottom tire is the largest. On a larger scale, they contain quite a bit of steel and can be recycled(occasionally the tire centers will allow them to be left or taken back without a fee). They're also used by farms and feedlots for weighting tarps against the wind.
Joesmania, <br>When we put a kit together together for the tire gardens, we supplied a ratchet strap from this company ( http://customtiedowns.com/pagelist_v6.php?catid=30&amp;parid=71&amp;catlist=1&amp;store=1&amp;gclid=CPa53L-9hrICFcHCKgodbQsAUQ ). We chose the polypropylene in black as I think it will last longer than other products <br>.Don H
Ratchet straps. . . . good idea Don, thanks.
Awesome Instructable,, definitely on my list. (I hate bending and hunching over to weed and inspect under leaves for pests). <br> <br>I'm wondering what a good alternative to the banding would be for those who don't have access to a banding tool. Maybe some banding strips and a rivet? Any suggestions; anybody? <br> <br>Thanks for sharing. ;))
Love it awesome idea.. I specially love the idea of truck and tractor sized because the would make for decent bed sizes.

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