Introduction: Veggies on Wheels

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My project have several targets that I want to achieve:

As my flat is just below the roof of the building, I have a lot of energy losses in winter & summer, and I wish to minimize it creating a vegetal cover, this cover should be created using cheap materials and upcicling some of them if is possible. My project should be removable,movable and by the way it should bring me some rewards.

With these premises I created 'Veggies on Wheels' ,A eco vegetable garden that cover my roof preventing energy losses using upcicled materials .

Now, my soul, my pocket and my stomach are in peace ;-)

What do you need:

an used tire

a plastic coated bag

some paint

good soil


Step 1: Upcicling a Used Tire

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In this step I painted the tire to avoid a excesive temperature mainly in summer and to improve the visual impact, I used white paint, but if you are an artist you have the opportunity to create a good-looking desing.

I cutted a part of an IKEA bag to cover the orifice in the bottom part. To facilitate the transport I add a pair of nances in the external part of the tire (see next photo)

Step 2: .. Forget the Tire... Now You Have a Flowerpot

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Fill the flowerpot with good soil, the quality of the soil is the key for a good result, in my project I have the idea to practice the 'permacultura' that means rotate the family of the plants to reduce the use of fertilizer and avoid plagues.

Start filling the part where was the air when you flowerpot was a tire, in this way the plastic could support the weight of the soil in the central part.

When the internal part of the flowerpot is filled you can start to fill the central part, in this part you can consider to put some round stones, sand, volcanic soil or whatever to prevent water accumulation in case of a continuous rain.

When the flowerpot is totally full you can make some small holes in the plastic to facilitate the drain.

To improve the correct develope of the plant is better not push the soil, keeping it more spongy.

Step 3: Plant Your Plants

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Now you are ready to plant whatever you want, but don't forget that an excesive number of plants could be problematic when these plants grow and grow, respect the distance and have in mind that your plants have a limitated space for his roots, in the pictures you can see my distribution.

If you have planned to plant trees or tubercles you can put one flowerpot over the other, in this case, please reconsider the steep 1 and don't use plastic cover in the upper flowerpot.

Step 4: Wait and Enjoy.....

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Now you only have to wait the time to see how your plants grow and grow until they are ready to be eated.

In my case I planted, lettuces, spinach, cabbagges, brocoli , beans and strowberries , some lettuces have been tasted with a good result the other ones coming soon will be ready.

Regarding the other targets, ten tires by the moment has been upcicled , the aspect of my roof has improved and coming soon I will evaluate if the temperature in my flat will be more stable altough in summer usually is hot.

Some sub-projects are:

Include an automatic irrigating system

cover the mainly part of the roof

improve the colour design

plant another types of plants (tomatoes, green beans, water mellons,..)

let's see ;-)


mzungu (author)2016-03-30

u can cut off the top rim to get more planting space pretty easy. :D I thread 2 short rope with ends tied to use as handle to more the thing.

Uncle Kudzu (author)mzungu2016-03-30

Are the the steel plies difficult to cut? It's hard to find tires that aren't steel ply nowadays. The rope handles are a good idea.

mzungu (author)Uncle Kudzu2016-05-29

A sharp box cutter will easily do it for the sidewalls.

oscaretvng (author)mzungu2016-03-30

Hi mzungu, thanks for your comment. In my concept, have a part of soil covered and protected is good, plant density also depends the quantity of soil, maybe planting more plants they have not enough food :-) Regarding the rope, I used the Ikea's bag handle

AlexanderP26 made it! (author)2016-04-03

I did not paint them, because I think the color gives them something individual, but I did it.

I have put wood underneath of every pot to secure everything, if i want to move them.

By now there are plastic bags built in and the earth is also set, so I am just waiting for my plants to get ready to put them outside :)

Greetings from Germany,

oscaretvng (author)AlexanderP262016-04-03

Hi Alexandre, use wood is a good idea, but what happen with the humidity along the time? I still looking for the 'perfect' material because the use of plastic bag don't convince me....

I hope your plants will grown up very fast :-)

Danke for you comments

Bests regards from Barcelona

AlexanderP26 (author)oscaretvng2016-04-03

The wood itself isn't the very best. I just used these thin plates that are at the back of a cabinet. So I can change them more often, if it needs too.

Further I let some free space between the wood and the tires, so water may flow out. Additionally I put some small holes in the bags.
I hope that excessive water may flow out through the holes and get out of the tire through the small free spaces between wood and tire.

grannyjones (author)2016-04-03

Wheatgrass and catnip for the kitties!

oscaretvng (author)grannyjones2016-04-03

good idea!!! Now i only need a cat :-) thanks for your comment

ClayOgre (author)2016-04-01

As I understand it, tires are full of all kinds of nasty stuff that can leach into your growing soil, and then into your veggies. Just something to think about.

oscaretvng (author)ClayOgre2016-04-01

I recognize that this was my first thought, but unfortunately for the nature the tyres are not easy to degradate, then the quantity of stuff that can be transmited to the soil and after to the plant and later to me, could be inapreciable, or not more dangerous than smoke... :-)
In other hand are you sure that the veggies in the market have no any kind of nasty stuff? Nevertheless thanks a lot for the advice, for your comment and for take care of my health :-).

If you don't want plant veggies you can plant grass, flowers or whatever you want, this is only a proposal.

wold630 (author)2016-03-30

Looks like your vegetables like growing in old tires!! :)

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