I’d been reading about planting potatoes in tires, and the high yields you can get when doing so. Hubby and I had been trawling craigslist to try to find old tires, but to no avail. When we happened to purchase some seed potatoes on clearance, we thought we’d better get on the ball. We called a couple of auto dismantlers (aka junkyards – but look under auto dismantler in the yellow pages).
I found out that you can get the old tires for free, because otherwise they have to pay to have them hauled away. We happened to pick a truck dismantler place.
So we got some pretty big tires. Lots of growing space!
The awesome thing about growing potatoes in tires is that it’s easy to do, it saves space, and you (allegedly) get a high yield. You’ll want three tires for each stack. First tire goes on the ground, in a place of your choosing. Fill the tire with dirt.
Next step – take out your seed potatoes. Cut the potatoes into pieces, two eyes to a piece. We skipped this step since our seed potatoes were, ahem, very obviously clearance potatoes. They may live, they may not. But this way you’ll get more potato plants. Plant them into your tire.
Next step – once your potato plants come up, a few inches high, put another tire on top and add more soil, leaving the very tops of the plants bare. As they grow higher, repeat, up until the top of the third tire.
When the plants brown and wilt, it’s time to harvest your potatoes! I’ll let you know how this works out for us.
COST: $3-5 for seed potatoes, check your local hardware store. Tires are free, and I’ll be posting about how to cut down your costs for gardening soil.
TIME INVESTMENT: 30 minutes to pick up the tires, 30 minutes to plant.
In other news, we’ve transitioned from winter into spring. Our tomato plants are going strong.
We also purchased a dwarf peach tree. For those with little space, dwarf fruit trees can be a great investment. $23 for this one.
I’ll be back soon to post about what happened with our sake brewing – start to finish, and whether or not it’s a sustainability win or fail.