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queenb64
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« on: May 17, 2006, 02:54:48 AM »

I have been hearing alot about useing tires for raised beds. I live on a mountain of rock, so it attracted me. rows of tires  2 to three high, painted for looks and filled with good soil. Can arrange the however i like. BUT, I was concerned about the vegetable absorbing chemicals from the tires. I know that the ground up tires are very toxice. But what about solid tires?
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2006, 12:10:53 PM »

I would rather use the rocks, they are nontoxic and look better....!
some people even buy them..... shocked
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2006, 02:41:11 PM »

Never heard of tires being toxic, makes sense though.  In Florida you see a lot of tire mulch in gardens and even playgrounds huh   If it is toxic that doesn't make sense, hmmm.   I would use rocks.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2006, 02:59:37 PM »

Benjamin Franklin said it was better to use rocks........ cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2006, 05:56:59 PM »

potatoes are well suited for growing in tires. instead of hilling up just add a tire. at harvest time just remove the tires.
i'm not completely sure of this but i think the toxicity from tires needs burning to be released.
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2006, 03:51:08 PM »

Quote from: TREBOR
Benjamin Franklin said it was better to use rocks........ cheesy


Ha ha ha.   rolleyes
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2006, 11:43:21 PM »

Hey,
I just put in several tons of ground tire material for our churches playground.  I had to do a lot of research before purchase and installation.  We found that ground tires have been rated as essentially NON-TOXIC!  Use your tires and enjoy!!!  We use them in our small garden as containers as well.
Blessings!
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2006, 11:55:53 PM »

Well I learned something online just now...........It seems that it is the ground up tire material being used as mulch that may be a problem.  Too much zinc can be a bad thing for plant growth.  Still, it is being used everywhere with good results.  Who knows!!!!!!!!!!!  Using solid tires should not be a problem!!  After all, they have been used for such a long time in the way you want.  Someone always is an alarmist.  For me to believe that there is a "serious" problem I would have to see more evidence.
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