Tire(d) Potatoes

What do you do with a few old tires that aren’t fit for the road anymore? Grow potatoes in them! It works great if you have limited space and a decent number of excess rubber hoops.

Here’s a website with step-by-step instructions… Instructables.

The location we chose didn’t get as much sun as we hoped for but it was along the fence. No compost or damp earth. We started with two stacks of two tires each, added some leaves that we had used to cover other tender plants with over the winter. We added about 4 potatoes to each and pushed them down in so they were covered.

After that, if they got watered it was from the rain. We did add some potting soil to each stack later on when the leaves had compacted.

We didn’t spend extra money on seed potatoes, just planted ones we had bought that had sprouted eyes and gone soft and wrinkly… bleurgh… at least no fingers pushed their way through. That would have been beyond disgusting.

So how did our tire(d) potatoes do? Well considering the neglect and the fact it was just an experiment, better than we expected. And yes, we did plant a red potato and later than the other ones and it did the best of all, even though we only got one spud off that plant.


As they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Will we try it again? You betcha! And now that we know it really does work, we’ll maintain them and hopefully get a bumper crop for next year.

And another bonus of growing the potatoes in tires – the dog stayed away and didn’t stomp on the them. Might have peed on the tires but that’s another story.




2 thoughts on “Tire(d) Potatoes”

  1. Interesting idea! We have a 75×25′ garden that always has 2-4 rows of potatoes, so we aren’t pressed for space, but I did want to offer one tip for anyone growing potatoes. If you live (as we do) in an area that stays fairly cold from harvest to planting time, then you can save the tiniest potatoes to replant as your “seeds.” We store them in an uncovered bucket in the back of the garage. They need air so they won’t rot. Potato size is not retained in the genetics; the tiny ones will produce bigger potatoes the following year. Even if your seed potatoes get wrinkly and sprout prior to planting, they will still do fine in the ground. Also– be on the lookout for “volunteers” (sprouts from potatoes that you missed harvesting) next spring!

  2. Thanks for the tips, Kim! We’ll definitely be doing this again next year (omitting the neglecting part) and are going to try to plant at various times throughout the summer so we’ll have our own potatoes sooner and throughout the summer. Might even try some other vegetables the same way.

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