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Old 02-12-2019, 02:54 PM
 
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I have a few "raised beds" (AKA redneck beds, AKA old tires) full of permanent things like asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, specific herbs, and one for carrots.(Every tire has a different plant) It's a HUGE (15" deep) old muddin' tire and I filled it with a mix of sand, soil, peat, pebbles, vermiculite, and compost. Have no troubles growing carrots long and straight in it.

Maybe a raised bed, or a super deep tiller would help.
Tires could be leaching bad chemicals into your soil and could be uptaken by the plants.
Impossible to check for a multitude of harmful substances- may cost $300 per 1 harmful element in a very specialized labs.

Please, just do not grow food stuff in tires, especially if you have children...
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:10 PM
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Location: Western KY
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Tires could be leaching bad chemicals into your soil and could be uptaken by the plants.
Impossible to check for a multitude of harmful substances- may cost $300 per 1 harmful element in a very specialized labs.

Please, just do not grow food stuff in tires, especially if you have children...
Oh, I'm aware, which is why we sealed them, then covered the insides with plastic before filling with soil.

Plus, these tires are OLD, and I always wash and clean very well before recycling anything, lol.

We're working on a 100% recycled materials greenhouse this year. Found a bunch of untreated pallets for lumber, old farmhouse windows and glass doors for the majority of the walls and roof, and struck a deal with a local gravel company driver to bring leftover river gravel in exchange for 6 dozen eggs and 2 fryers, lol.

My kids are all grown now, and having babies of their own, but it's never hurt any of us before, and even my grandparents ate veggies grown from tires, and considering how many other lethal things are in this world I don't use or associate with; I think we'll be ok.

But thanks for the warnings.
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Old Today, 05:56 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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. struck a deal with a local gravel company driver to bring leftover river gravel in exchange for 6 dozen eggs and 2 fryers, lol.

Shame on you for taking advantage of that poor driver. Good bartering-- if Trump had you on his team, they'd have started building that wall months ago.


I also agree with the way you prioritize dangers.. Can't rep you again yet. Good post.
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