Raised Garden Beds
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I’m thinking about using old truck tyres for a raised bed. I’ve been looking around the net and most only use one tyre height. I would like waist height beds, but not sure how to use the tyres that way.
Any suggestions would be wonderful.
Hi Kathryn202 and welcome to ALS.
You will have people coming in droves to let you know of the evils of using any kind of tyres for growing food in.
Leaching of chemicals into the soil,etc.
Maybe you can come up with another garden bed idea,some people use old baths,fridges/freezers,blue plastic drums,the list is endless.
Just avoid the tyres.
Tyres are a no no for a number of reasons. Why do you want raised garden beds?
Well my garden turns into a swamp after a bit of rain, so I’d like to stop the waterlogging. Plus I can’t move it anywhere else as the rest of the block is rock.
take a look at our presentation might be some help?
if you can i too would suggest you skip the tyres
Kathryn202 post=337640 wrote: Well my garden turns into a swamp after a bit of rain, so I’d like to stop the waterlogging. Plus I can’t move it anywhere else as the rest of the block is rock.
It sounds as though raising your garden beds is vital if waterlogging occurs regularly, however you may like to explore some drainage options to avoid excess moisture. Whilst it can be hard yakka to dig a drainage trench in rocky soil the benefits are worthwhile. Possibly some of the rock from the trench could be used for raised garden bed construction or edging and the sump hole soil in your raised bed.
Aggie pipe that goes in the covered trench is fairly cheap but remember to install a valve to prevent moisture loss in warmer & drier periods.
If your controlled drainage is effecient enough you may not need to raise your beds any more than building up your soil Esther Dean/Lasagna style. I have really sandy soil and built a simple lasagna bed using various animal manures, compost, lawn clippings, straw etc and after growing a green manure crop from left over seed the resultant slightly raised bed was a cracker.
Yep tyres are nasty… they leach cadmium… among other toxic nasties into the soil… and thus taken up by your food growing plants.
Len’s strawbale idea is a beauty for raised beds. :tup:
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