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Food gardens in used tyres
This step-by-step guide was provided by SOS Gardening of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands
| Step 1 |
The first step to starting your own tyre garden is to collect a number of used car tyres...
It's a great recycling project as there are so many used tyres discarded every year. The problem with this is that the tyre that get discarded take up a lot of space and take so long to break down. Any project that takes toxic wastes and makes something productive from it, gets our THUMBS UP!
| Step 2 - cutting your tyres || |
| Step 3 - preparing your tyre for planting || |
| Step 4 - transplanting your seedlings. |
Another really cool thing to do with old tyres is to build a "Potato Stack". Don't cut the rim of the tyres for this one. Fill a tyre and plant potato tubers in the soil. When the plant has grown to about 30cm high, cover it with another tyre and fill with soil. Keep doing this as the plant grows through the new soil. Potato tubers grow underground, and the leafy part of the plant that was above ground becomes root when covered with soil, so more potatoes grow underground. When your stack is about five or six tyres high, let the plant grow in the sunlight until it starts dying off. When the plant has died off, kick your stack over and harvest a whole heap of tubers!
| Step 5 - mulching |
Common organic mulches include:
The main functions of mulches are the conservation of soil moisture and the moderation of soil temperature. They moderate internal soil temperatures by retaining heat from the day and radiating it to the soil at night during spring and fall; in the winter mulches moderate soil warming during the day, limiting the stress plants undergo during soil freezing and thawing cycles. They also are used to prevent frost heaving of unestablished plants in winter. During summer, they keep soil cool by blocking direct sunlight exposure of the soil surface. Mulches are used to block evaporation of water from the soil, slowing down soil drying. They also help control the growth of weeds, blocking sunlight and/or smothering weed seedlings under layers of material. Mulch also reflects sunlight back from the ground to the leaves of plants, they also provide a clean and dry surface for ground-lying fruits. They prevent soil erosion from heavy rains, prevent surface run-off of water, and prevent the direct impact of hard rains on the soil surface. Some mulches improve soil texture, adding humus. Organic mulches may add nutrients to the soil as they breakdown. Biodegradable mulches, as they decay, are incorporated into the soil where they provide air spaces and surfaces for fungi and root growth (Louise; Bush-Brown, James (1996), America's garden book, New York: Macmillan USA, pp. 768, ISBN 002860995-6 )
| Step 6 - sustain your garden || |
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Give it a go, start your own tyre garden now, then send us photos of your thriving garden at firstname.lastname@example.org , tell us about it and what produce it has yielded, and you could win a CD by Jason and the Men of Trees band. We'd also like to come around to your place to take photos and do a story.
learn how you can add your stuff to this wiki too... it's easy, it's fun, and all gardeners are richer for your efforts.
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