Grow In tires

Why grow potatoes in tires

Potatoes are the best plants to be grown in tires, because of their development pattern. Potatoes sprout runners under the soil, which bear the fruit (potato) of the plant. The plant will sprout and grow vertically, so whenever you add a tire on top of the original one, it will just continue to grow and bear more fruits by sending out more side shoots. At the end all you do is take apart the tires one by one and empty them. They will be filled with potatoes. It’s amazing how much you can grow in such a small space. All soil that comes out of this method can be reused for other containers.

How to grow in tires

To grow in tires you’ll need the following materials:

  • One plastic sheet to cover the floor of your balcony or a brown cardboard if your are growing in a garden
  • 4 or 5 old car tires, of similar sizes (you can often find some in garages for free)
  • Garden soil
  • Seed potatoes
  • Compost (worm compost would be the best)

Place a plastic cover on the ground if you are growing on a balcony or stone floor, to keep the concrete clean. If you´re growing in a garden for instance on a lawn, then use the brown cardboard as a floor for your tires. This will keep the weeds out. Put the first tire on your balcony or in your garden and fill it with the soil and compost. Place three seed potatoes equally spaced in the first tire and cover them with soil. As the potatoes grow you can place a second tire around them and earth them up with more soil. Continue doing this and add more tires as the plants expand upwards. When you reach 4 or 5 tires, you can take out the whole structure and harvest your potatoes!

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