Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Anyone growing fall peas in zone 7 TN
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: August is here!!! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:17 pm

» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 9:14 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 9:08 pm

» New England August 2017
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:03 pm

» Is a natural breed hybrid GMO parent plants, GMO or not?
by No_Such_Reality Today at 8:26 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by countrynaturals Today at 8:19 pm

» What to do with fallen unripe tomatoes?
by ColleenW Today at 8:14 pm

» 2017 corn pictures
by Fiz Today at 7:41 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Fiz Today at 7:29 pm

» Composting Particle Board?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 4:18 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by hammock gal Today at 4:13 pm

» Hello gardener's
by sanderson Today at 1:58 pm

» The Best Steps for Storing Tomatillos
by donnainzone5 Today at 11:36 am

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by countrynaturals Today at 11:10 am

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 9:17 pm

» Plumeria ?
by sanderson Yesterday at 6:07 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by llama momma Yesterday at 1:58 pm

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:38 pm

» Baba Ghanoush
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:04 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:05 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:30 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:09 am

» Caterpillars -Armyworm?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/19/2017, 8:58 pm

» Oregon City Newbie
by trolleydriver 8/19/2017, 1:04 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by sanderson 8/19/2017, 12:53 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma 8/18/2017, 1:40 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by trolleydriver 8/18/2017, 12:10 pm

» Franken-mato!!!
by hammock gal 8/18/2017, 7:48 am

» Mid-Atl - Aug 2017 - Planning/Planting Fall/Winter Garden
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/17/2017, 11:05 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Tires for gardening

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Tires for gardening

Post  Selandra on 1/19/2011, 3:51 pm

Okay, I know it's not SFG but my scallop squash pretty much took over my sfg last year so I thought of planting it this year separate in a tire. I have a friend who planted her strawberries this way. I was wondering as to any negatives. Mainly I'm worried about chemicals leaching from the tires... are thier chemicals I should worry about? Any other solutions for monster plants?
avatar
Selandra

Female Posts : 123
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 39
Location : KY (6a)

View user profile http://www.asfggardenerstale.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Tires for gardening

Post  middlemamma on 1/19/2011, 3:55 pm

You might line the interior with weed cloth or plastic liner for protection...but who knows if the plastic wouldn't be just as bad as the tire?

I am using tires for all my "pretty" stuff...flowers and pollinator attractors.

avatar
middlemamma
 
 

Female Posts : 2260
Join date : 2010-04-25
Age : 39
Location : Post Falls Idaho and LOVING it

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tires for gardening

Post  Selandra on 1/19/2011, 3:59 pm

@middlemamma wrote:You might line the interior with weed cloth or plastic liner for protection...but who knows if the plastic wouldn't be just as bad as the tire?

I am using tires for all my "pretty" stuff...flowers and pollinator attractors.


Good idea, I may do that for my companion flowers so I can use more outer squares for the herbs.
Here is what I did last year...

avatar
Selandra

Female Posts : 123
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 39
Location : KY (6a)

View user profile http://www.asfggardenerstale.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Tires for gardening

Post  miinva on 1/19/2011, 4:42 pm

I have some tires that I planted in and I've had some success, but I think they heat up too much in the summer sun here in Virginia. I don't plant food in them, just flowers because I don't want to have to worry about leaching, and at some point I hope to replace them with something more aesthetically pleasing Smile

miinva

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-04-29
Age : 48
Location : Central Virginia, 7A as far as I can tell

View user profile http://www.ungardener.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Tires for gardening

Post  Megan on 1/19/2011, 7:57 pm

I am glad I saw this thread. I think I have been thinking of aesthetics for so long I have to make myself realize that I can finally USE tires, cinderblock, hog panels, anything I want!!!! Very Happy
avatar
Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 50
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Tires for gardening

Post  Selandra on 1/19/2011, 11:33 pm

@Megan wrote:I am glad I saw this thread. I think I have been thinking of aesthetics for so long I have to make myself realize that I can finally USE tires, cinderblock, hog panels, anything I want!!!! Very Happy

Think spraypaint Cool
avatar
Selandra

Female Posts : 123
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 39
Location : KY (6a)

View user profile http://www.asfggardenerstale.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Tires for gardening

Post  Megan on 1/19/2011, 11:42 pm

No, that would not be a good idea. I would get creative about my opinions of my HOA and then that would end badly. But thank you for the thought. :-)
avatar
Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 50
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

wondered about that, too

Post  ander217 on 1/20/2011, 12:35 pm

@middlemamma wrote:You might line the interior with weed cloth or plastic liner for protection...but who knows if the plastic wouldn't be just as bad as the tire?

I wondered about that, too, Jennie. We painted the insides of our first SFG boxes before we learned that chemicals could leach from the paint into the mix. We are taking up those boxes this year to remix that first bad batch of MM we made, so this would be a good opportunity to do something about the paint. Everything I read says if they are painted inside to line them with plastic before filling, but as you say, are there chemicals in the plastic that would be just as bad? Does it matter what type of plastic we use?

I don't worry about weed barrier on the bottom because I assume any chemicals from that will leach down and not up into the mix. But just how far would chemicals from either the paint or plastic on the sides leach into the mix? Is it enough to be a real problem with either? Because it seems to me that any leaching on the sides will also wash down and not out into the mix, but perhaps I don't understand the nature of chemical contamination. But it seems to me if it's okay for the roots to touch the plastic weed barrier on the bottom, if should be okay for them to touch it on the sides.

Can someone 'splain it, please?

Miinva, if your tires heat up too much in summer, would it help to paint them white?
avatar
ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tires for gardening

Post  jumiclads on 1/20/2011, 2:52 pm

@middlemamma wrote:You might line the interior with weed cloth or plastic liner for protection...but who knows if the plastic wouldn't be just as bad as the tire?

You might want to look into Volatile Organic Compounds which are found in a lot of polythene and plastic products. They are the smells when you have a new carpet fitted or buy a new plastic item and it smells of plastic until you have used it a few times.

I knew about these because Julie used to make dolls from vinyl and she had to put them in the oven and the fumes coming off them were terrible so we looked into it and it's quite frightening. We got around it by baking outside but still had to wear masks. In the end she gave up because it is to much risk to your health over a prolonged time.

Saying that, polythene and general household items would not give off anywhere near the same amount.
avatar
jumiclads

Male Posts : 167
Join date : 2010-11-21
Age : 58
Location : Burton on Trent, UK - Zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tires for gardening

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum