Introduction: Grow Potatoes in Tires
This is a great alternative to the traditional way of raising potatoes in rows and best for any confined space.
Growing potatoes in tires is enexpensive, fun for the family,and best of all helps mother earth.
.so do your part to help
Step 1: Bedrock
Potatoes don't like to get water-logged so have good drainage below the tires.
I found that a bed of rocks under the tires woorks best.
Step 2: Tater-tire
- Choose a sunny spot in your yard, garden or on a patio or balcony.
- Stack two or three tires and fill them with damp earth and compost to just over half the depth of the stacked tires.
- Then place 4 or 5 seed potatoes in the stack, about 2 inches deep, with the eyes or shoots facing up.
- Cover with a couple of inches of soil and don`t forget to water
Step 3: Grow Chart
As the plants grow to about 2 to 4 inches, add another tire to the stack.
Add more soil around the young plants as well to support them.
Continue mounding up the soil around the emerging plants until your stack is 3 tires high.
Young potatoes will be forming all the way up the stack of tires
Step 4: Enjoy the Rewards of Growing Your Own Potatoes
Your potatoes will thrive in the warm environment of soil filled tires! In most areas of the U.S. early potatoes can be planted at the end of March. Your main potato crop can be planted in April or early May. If conditions are right, you will see healthy potato plants growing after about 6 weeks.You will be able to harvest early, "new" potatoes when the flowers on your potato plants have opened or their buds have fallen off. Just dig around in the soil and check. The young potatoes should be about the size of a hen's egg. Wait to harvest your main crop of potatoes until the potato plant foliage has turned brown. Then cut off at the stems, wait a few days and pull up the plant with potatoes attached!