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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"!

jjohnson651 year ago
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.
slippyblade2 years ago
What do you do with the sidewalls once they are removed?
greatpanda (author)  slippyblade2 years ago
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.
Don Hildred2 years ago
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&parid=71&catlist=1&store=1&gclid=CPa53L-9hrICFcHCKgodbQsAUQ ). We chose the polypropylene in black as I think it will last longer than other products
.Don H
Ratchet straps. . . . good idea Don, thanks.
Joe Smania2 years ago
Awesome Instructable,, definitely on my list. (I hate bending and hunching over to weed and inspect under leaves for pests).

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?

Thanks for sharing. ;))
cgeorge72 years ago
Love it awesome idea.. I specially love the idea of truck and tractor sized because the would make for decent bed sizes.