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IS GROWING VEGETABLES IN TYRES A HEALTH HAZARD? – THE ‘TRUTH’

Goodyear Tyre factory

Goodyear Tyres

I recall, while in junior grade at Riebeek College, Uitenhage, our class was taken on a tour of  the Goodyear Tyre factory. My one overriding reaction was to the smell of rubber; I wondered how the workers could bear to breathe the fumes.

Many years later the company’s workers went on strike and burned tyres in protest, as can be seen from the photo below. What chemicals were released into the atmosphere as the tyres went up in smoke?

Strikers burning tyres at Goodyear Tyre factory in Uitenhage

I like the idea of growing vegetables in tyres (American: tires).
Especially as it would settle the question of recycling them. (Unless of course, you’re a sculptor, or furniture designer, as you will see from the photos further down.) However, I came across two sites you may want to view: The 5400 Square Foot Homestead, and Environment and Human Health, Inc.

Instead of recommending the use of tyres in which to grow your vegetables successfully – and if you are keen on recycling those you see on the side of the road or when you dump your refuse – here are some uses for discarded tyres.

Tyre made into a pouffe

You’ll never slip off this seat

A modern toilet seat

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VEGETABLE GARDENING – How small as can you go?

Smallest individual veggie garden?

Now I have seen everything.
A canvas shoe holder in which to plant vegetables (the canvas retains moisture to the benefit of the plant). What a great idea. Hang the shoe holder on the side of the house where the plants will get the most sun. It would be best to affix a thin structure behind the organiser to keep it away from the wall.

Plant vine tomatoes in a canvas bag

Alternatively, you may grow tomatoes in a canvas bag.

Vine Tomatoes

Garden Stakes
By far the tiniest space-saving option is to plant vine vegetables.
As soon as the plant reaches sufficient height, attach the vine to a stake (as few/many as your garden or balcony will allow).

Suggested vegetables:

  • pole beans,
  • vine cucumbers
  • vine tomatoes
  • vine squash

Trellise

Trellises & Pergolas
Another way to contain vegetable plants in a small space is to incorporate trellises and pergolas into your vegetable garden design plan.

Pergola

No matter what your choice – begin today.
Grow your own vegetables. If for no other reason than for your health’s sake.

And remember – buy living seed, seed uncontaminated by insecticides and pesticides. Avoid genetically modified seed, too. It is an absolute no-no.

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Acknowledgements:
12 Savvy Small-Space Urban Gardening Designs & Ideas: http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2010/06/14/12-savvy-small-space-urban-gardening-designs-ideas/

Categories: Agriculture, containers, eat, Farming, Food, Food crisis, genetically modified, GMO, Growing, healthy, Land, Pergolas, plants, smallest, Toxic, Vegetables | Leave a comment

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