Can you Grow Food in Tires? (Tyres)

Can you Grow Food in Tires? (Tyres)

Today we see if it is safe to grow food in tires and discover that it isn’t as straightforward as first thought. To see the video if you can grow food in plastic bottles follow this link:

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  1. neilsanns on June 16, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Growing in tires: no!

  2. Rob Bob's Aquaponics & Backyard Farm on June 16, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Love your honesty Hue.
    My father seals his tyres inside & out as we are in a hotter climate here.
    Cheers mate & happy sowing.

  3. Safuan Ahmad on June 16, 2021 at 1:08 am
  4. Brian White on June 16, 2021 at 1:10 am

    I tore out a 200 sq. ft. perennial flower bed in the fall of 2017. It was horribly overgrown with weeds. In the process, I didn’t try to salvage much of the top soil. I just dug everything out, soil and all, and dumped it in an adjacent, weedy field. As a result, I was left with a new growing area that was primarily clay. I collected 8 used auto tires, cut off the sidewalls, then evenly spaced them on the ground in the new area. I partially filled them with fall leaves and left them for the winter. The following spring(2018), I placed two alternating layers of rotted leaves and fresh grass clippings in the tires, then added about 4" of finished compost. I then planted several varieties of tomato seedlings in the tires. I pinch out tomato suckers, which may encourage the plants to grow taller, and all of my plants grew to 6+ ft. tall. I had enough tomatoes for fresh eating, for sharing with family & neighbors, and for dehydrating, which I used during the winter in homemade soups, and even for a tomato pesto recipe I cobbled together. And, yes, it was pretty darn good!
    I’ll be planting tomatoes in the tires again this year. It’s no trouble to dig out the previously used soil to replace it with fresh. The soil is light, loose, and is easily disbursed throughout the rest of the garden. Cheers!

  5. Hoggle on June 16, 2021 at 1:11 am

    U r so awesome. Thank u for ur channel.

  6. Vicky Lambert on June 16, 2021 at 1:14 am

    I grow my fruit trees and veggies in tyres they are fine I paint them to stop the sun cooking the roots. I’m in NZ

  7. Greg Wade on June 16, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Hello   and yes  use tires here in western Canada and the bigger the tire the better as then can plant bigger plants. They are more like raised beds then that ABSORBE the sun and warm up faster and thus increase out growing season. Also use them stacked as a way to contain evasive plants from spreading as the roots cant go down and up again as easily.  With potatoes they are great as all you have to do is plant potatoe in bottom  tire ring and just keep adding tires and dirt will ready to harvest  then knock each layer off and harvest your spuds.

  8. Von Fowler on June 16, 2021 at 1:15 am

    I always wondered about the rubber black chipped tires as mulch or borders. Seems like a bad idea. Often have thought I’d try a few plants and have the soil company, ( testing lab for our Ag dept) analysis them for chemical contamination

  9. Sarah Meade on June 16, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Thanks answered my question painting is the answers 😊

  10. Sussex Survival on June 16, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Don’t worry about speaking quickly, you’re fine. Good advice.

  11. Forrest D Braley sr on June 16, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Tires in Alaska are working great salamat

  12. Emerald Bren on June 16, 2021 at 1:24 am

    always interesting mate.

  13. MrHunterseeker on June 16, 2021 at 1:26 am

    why are all these videos on youtube of kids in there 20s and younger acting like experts about things our grand parents did when we were kids and if it were dangerous, they would have poisoned themselves, our parents and us from eating the vegetables they grew in their old tire beds.

  14. Mara Venu on June 16, 2021 at 1:26 am

    what kind of yams were those sir?

  15. Leah Allen on June 16, 2021 at 1:27 am

    Wow, you really know what you’re talking about and did your research. Thanks for sharing. Great job.

  16. Tang Laval on June 16, 2021 at 1:28 am

    A Doctor once told me that even when one breaths, there is a chance that he can have side effect.

  17. Steve Charters on June 16, 2021 at 1:29 am

    I live on a steep property in the north of New Zealand – clay soil, hot dry summers and windy wet winters. During the autumn I used tyres to retain a steep bank, filled them with rammed clay topped with some better quality top soil and mulched with chippings. I planted them with landscaping plants, used others as holding beds for strawberries and rhubarb, and also planted buttercup squash and courgettes. Everything grew abundantly, but the surprising thing was that I never needed to water once throughout 5 months of drought!

  18. Juniper Farms on June 16, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Thank you for your amazing videos! I have used a lot of your information to help my family as we start our backyard homestead. I mention you in my newest video and will be including a link to your page in the description. Thank you so much for your great help!

  19. High Desert Garden on June 16, 2021 at 1:32 am

    The only reason I don’t grow in tires is because I don’t like the way they look.

  20. Von Fowler on June 16, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Was thinking about an insert of perhaps stainless steel, (very expensive) to place inside the stacked tires to isolate tires from the growing soil.

  21. Jason Schulte on June 16, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I m planning on getting bees but I have very clay soil that doesn’t drain well. I will plant lilacs and other fragrant flowers in tires, but not edible food. The chances that there would be enough toxins in pollen that would get into honey isvery slim I think.

  22. Jill Madigan on June 16, 2021 at 1:35 am

    I got two odd/specialty tires from craigslist-free items that I want to use as planters. They accommodate rims with a longer ‘spoke radius’, than usual and seem somewhat thinner but with a wider road surface – racing tires, perhaps. I will get specific construction-material information before them thanks to this video and the various comments. Thanks, Hew, and commenters!

  23. Rafs Kitchen Garden on June 16, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Hi Huw, Some interesting points, Thanks

  24. Agnes Vonderhaar on June 16, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Thanks for the suggestion for painting them white! Make sense and I definitely want to do that since I live in FL. Also maybe once they have broken down and may be leaking harmful chemicals maybe use them for growing stuff your not gonna eat? Like flowers to keep pest away or pumpkins.

  25. Petals on the Paving Slabs on June 16, 2021 at 1:36 am

    I grow food in tyres, and the sixth finger in each hand I’ve developed helps me to type this comment really quickly. Seriously though, I always get a great crop of potatoes from them.

  26. Willie Fixxx on June 16, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Cover the tires with piled up hay or leaves to keep the tires cool. I have 3 MONSTER zucchini experiment plants growing together in a field out of ONE tire on wetlands. A large mature zucchini fruit is laying directly on the tire sidewall unaffected because the tire is buried in hay. The upper roots get air from the tire soil and taproots go down into the wetland soil, no need to water.

  27. DisabledGamer on June 16, 2021 at 1:37 am

    people are just making it the boogeyman nothing more, there are lots of toxins around, even from the fucking roads.

  28. Krispywho on June 16, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Cut the walls of the tire off on one side and then paint the tread side white. That should minimize exposure to any sunlight.

  29. Peter Coombs on June 16, 2021 at 1:38 am

    What a great video! You’ve taken as much into account and presented enough info as could possibly be imagined. And, although your conclusion is a bit abstract, it gives the viewer enough information to make up their own minds. Well done! If I could suggest some things for any future videos?: I had to look up your Welsh growing season info, as mine is different. It would be nice to know that, but I’m not sure if putting that in every video that you do is necessary (a link to another video or a weather channel website?). That way, those of us not blessed to live in Wales could adjust accordingly. Also, you might want to warn people NOT to just use any white paint. There are older, lead based white paints that could really make a mess of things.

  30. Spirit Talks on June 16, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Tires are safe up until they begin to break down. My grandparents did it and we are all still alive .. it takes years for tires to breakdown

  31. Slavery is Freedom, War is Peace on June 16, 2021 at 1:40 am

    There are more countries in the world who can actually spell tyre than can’t. Please don’t succumb to the American spellings and pronunciations.

  32. Lord Blazer on June 16, 2021 at 1:41 am

    best solution is to find free food grade plastic drums and use that for the planter. then cut a tire around the edges to fit around the barrel….

  33. OYR Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening on June 16, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Well done, Huw! Yeah, some of these questions are tough to answer because there’s not enough research yet.

  34. Carrots and cosmos on June 16, 2021 at 1:42 am

    That’s a very interesting debate you have highlighted there Hugh. I think for me personally if theres a risk you know about then don’t take the risk. Especially if you go to the trouble of growing organically, why add something to the mix that could potentially undo the good work. But I completely understand your way of thinking too. 🙂 Thanks for bringing this up 🙂

  35. Thomas Procko on June 16, 2021 at 1:43 am

    i have some carolina reaper chillies, there now at 5ft tall, i have loads of pods but there falling off, none have actually grown, im growing them in my kitchen, they have plenty of light, i water them probably once a week, soil isnt bone dry just normal….not dry but not wet if u know what i mean, yet i have no actual chillies yet, i have taken several clones from my plants which have grown really good too. any advice?

  36. David Olver on June 16, 2021 at 1:43 am

    ive been doing it for years and it works great

  37. djdidge on June 16, 2021 at 1:45 am

    North Wales here – wonder if i should paint the tyres white… sometimes is hot, sometimes not 🙂

  38. Tulips Moran on June 16, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Intact tires do not leach/release toxins that are literally bonded into the rubber. Only when the tire has been cut or burned and the bonded chemical exposed can it leach. Leaving a tire in the sunlight is NOT the same as burning. Again do not cut the upper side wall out nor use tires that have blown out and have slits or cuts. Only use intact tires with NO damage that can potentially expose the bonded chemicals to atmosphere where they can unbind and leach into soil. The U.S. EPA has conducted multiple experiments and have not found planting in intact tires to be a hazard.

  39. chris fry on June 16, 2021 at 1:47 am

    You sure have grown a lot since that old video. 🙂
    It always seemed like hard work to deal with tires so i never planted in them. Moving them around and stacking them sounds like a pain and then they will be full of soil at harvest time. I would rather dump potatoes out into the wheel barrow out of a large container. The wire steel belts can really slice your hands through some gloves even. You can’t move the tires easily when planted. I just put 3 pots of early potatoes into the green house because they are calling for low temps at night still. Thanks for the research. Got me thinking.

  40. Ann Gamula on June 16, 2021 at 1:47 am

    ☺ ok,i was asked, so please no one attack me!
    I have always thought, serious consideration must be used when choosing any container for growing food in. MOST ARE NOT APPROPRIATE. and city soil is totally contaminated! many many years ago,
    thats why city folk dont grow, they buy,
    But u r probably right, tire or store bought, probably more crap in store bought.

    You didn’t speak to fast for me. I am Canadian, english is my 1st & only language (sadly). So i AM biased, but you sound perfect to me. ☺
    * very important note: speaking only english is NOT the norm in Canada, people can and do speak any language they want to, as it should be! i wish every day i spoke more languages.

  41. Roxanne Carr on June 16, 2021 at 1:48 am

    I was worried about chemicals leaching also, so I did some searching. The EPA does not think growing veggies in tires is a problem. They tell you to stay away from tire burning and ground tires. They even tell you how to grow potatoes in tires:
    Good Luck.

  42. Mamma Anka on June 16, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Iv’e never thougt about this, but now… 🙂
    I live in Sweden and I have been growing potatoes in stacked tires for years, with good results.
    I wonder if it would be possilbe to avoid the toxins/bad stuff if I "insulate" the tires, and a bit down in the soil, with ‘vapor barrier’/damp barrier (in Sweden we call it ‘age resistant builders plastic’).

    Thank you Huw for this channel, I’m so glad I found you and your channel! 🙂

  43. YO YO on June 16, 2021 at 1:52 am

    What if you line the tires? would that stop any leach?

  44. lieven david on June 16, 2021 at 1:54 am

    You don’t need personal preference or a lot of these chemicals to get nasty diseases. Paint contains even more poisonous chemicals.

    Rubber tyres contain:




    Benzene (a known carcinogen)







    Halogenated flame retardants






    Methyl ethyl ketone

    Methyl isobutyl ketone






    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), suspected as a carcinogen



    Styrene‑butadiene (suspected as a carcinogen)




    Despite the fact that the EPA and Center for Disease Control have not found statistic links to health hazards from either intact tires or "crumb" products, studies are still underway and officials acknowledge that more data is required. The Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center has noted that "Exposures to chemicals present in crumb rubber at very high levels, typical of animal or occupational studies, are known to cause birth defects, neurological and developmental deficits, and some can even cause cancer."

  45. Grow Your Own Life on June 16, 2021 at 1:56 am

    if theres any doubt, there is no doubt.
    personally id just grow flowers in them. still helps the plot with pollination etc.

  46. That Gardener on June 16, 2021 at 1:58 am

    Love your videos I subscribed! Brilliant idea thanks for showing. You know i had same concern about chemical heavy metal leaching in soil issue. So happy you clarified. One option could be shady area or just using short term before leeching could occur? Thank you!

  47. Patricia Kochis on June 16, 2021 at 1:58 am

    I live in hot climate, growing summer squash in them ,they are stacked 2 high and painted colors and placed in partial shade,I do NOT get squash bugs,they seem to not smell the plants.i experimented with growing in raised garden beds and had a infestation of sqush bugs but had no problems with bugs grown in the tirers. New Mexico, USA.

  48. Bobby Organics The Tattooed Gardener on June 16, 2021 at 2:00 am

    nice channel check out my organic food garden guys 🙂

  49. Aaron's allotment on June 16, 2021 at 2:02 am

    It is a bigger factor than that because different companies in different countries can make tyres in different ways. You only have to look at Formula 1 to see the different ways that different compounds can be used to create tyres for different conditions. Once you realise that the tyre itself isn’t a fixed factor but variable then giving advice becomes significantly harder. Here in the UK we have rules of manufacture but they may not be the same with tyres made elsewhere. Therefore you can’t ever give a definitive answer, only one based on your specific conditions and locality. Its also dangerous to cite NY state findings and expect them to apply to the UK, or anywhere outside of its own jurisdiction.

  50. Paramyer on June 16, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Absolutely love your videos. Very useful tips, also very nice fella to look at ☺️ keep the videos coming!

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