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Green Thumb Question: Stacked tire garden alternatives

 
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User ID: 936340
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05/11/2010 11:15 PM
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Green Thumb Question: Stacked tire garden alternatives
Ok. I had my mind all set to try to garden foods this year. The tire stacking idea was the way I was going to go but after thinking about it.

I hate the aesthetic look of tires even the painting I know will fit my yard decor.

Plus, I'm not sure I want the rubber chemicals leeching into my food.

So, I was trying to think of a cheap alternative that looks nice.

Any ideas for inexpensive planting containers? Recycled items would be great but I want them to look nice!


Garbage cans, meh.
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05/11/2010 11:21 PM
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Re: Green Thumb Question: Stacked tire garden alternatives
Make raised beds from untreated lumber, 2X4s and 4X4s. Leave enough room to walk and sit between the beds.

Forget the tires, Trinity uses them and look what it's done to him........
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05/11/2010 11:23 PM
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Re: Green Thumb Question: Stacked tire garden alternatives
Forget the tires
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Ya, totally toxic.
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05/12/2010 12:24 AM
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Re: Green Thumb Question: Stacked tire garden alternatives
Make raised beds from untreated lumber, 2X4s and 4X4s. Leave enough room to walk and sit between the beds.

Forget the tires, Trinity uses them and look what it's done to him........
 Quoting: Oly 867631

Yeah... but that ain't cheap. Home Depot I despise them! But, they do sell those cheap clearance wood. Hmmm. I could get a stud for 10 cents.

Hmmmm. Some lattice perhaps or scroll work. Hmmmm. That might work.

I wonder how long untreated wood will last.
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05/12/2010 12:31 AM
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Re: Green Thumb Question: Stacked tire garden alternatives
Make raised beds from untreated lumber, 2X4s and 4X4s. Leave enough room to walk and sit between the beds.

Forget the tires, Trinity uses them and look what it's done to him........

Yeah... but that ain't cheap. Home Depot I despise them! But, they do sell those cheap clearance wood. Hmmm. I could get a stud for 10 cents.

Hmmmm. Some lattice perhaps or scroll work. Hmmmm. That might work.

I wonder how long untreated wood will last.
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Should last a couple of years but keep it away from your house. Won't take long for the termites to find it...
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04/14/2011 08:55 AM
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Re: Green Thumb Question: Stacked tire garden alternatives
I would suggest three things that could prolong the life of the raised beds.
1) Put down a gravel trough beneath the wood. this will prevent moisture from building up that could accelerate the wood's decomposition.
2)Use treated wood. There are more environmentally friendly treatments for wood now, and even if you cant get that kind, the treated wood will last much longer. Thus reducing the number of tree that will be needed to be cut down.
3) If you still want to avoid treated lumber, look around your property for standing dead ceder trees. A ceder post unprotected in the ground can last up to ten years. With a little maintenance, it can last much longer. You may also find these kind of landscaping timbers/posts, sold in rural areas, and at some hardware stores.
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04/14/2011 09:10 AM

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Re: Green Thumb Question: Stacked tire garden alternatives
I use all sorts of containers in my garden. Here are a few suugestions:

Craigs List. You can find plant pots, tree pots, and even people having yard sales getting rid of raised garden kits. Just keep checking every day and use keywords for what you want.

Milk Crates. Yep. Line them with landscape mesh. Works excellent.

Plastic 5 gallon buckets, food grade (no prior chemicals).

Plastic barrels, again no prior chemicals. You can cut them in half tall or long.

Use plastic milk jugs to start seedlings and grow till ready to transplant.

I just posted an article about this on my blog for people wanting to garden out of the growund like me.

[link to greentreeoflife.com]

You can also use pvc piping to lay out a trough- like system, with rails running whatever length you want. and line with landscape mesh to hold the soil. Get creaive.It's fun!
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