Recycled Tire Garden Planter


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When my car died and I needed to get a newer one last year, I saved my old snow tires in the hopes of reusing them somehow. This idea for a recycled tire garden planter was my kids’, who are always looking for something new they can spray-paint.

I have a fenced vegetable garden with raised beds, and I like to add a splash of color from flowers here and there. We went bright with the paint and used a combination of silver and gold, but you can use whatever paint colors you like (or leave them unpainted).

After allowing the spray paint to dry thoroughly, we built the planter with two stacked tires (one would work fine, too, but I like the height of two), and then filled it with potting soil. I planted mine with giant dahlias which are tall, and could use staking as you can see in the first picture. I love dahlias because they bloom all season, and because you can dig out the bulbs, store them indoors, then plant them again the next year. But you could fill yours with colorful annuals like marigolds, or try bulbs or herbs. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination.

If you have a bunch of tires you want to use (check your local recycling center to see if they have any to spare), it looks really pretty if you paint them all different colors, then stack them like a pyramid before planting.

–Winnie Abramson writes the organic gardening and food blog Healthy Green Kitchen.

Photo credits: Winnie Abramson

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