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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:05 pm 
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I already have raised garden beds as we live on very puggy soil
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Strawberry's are planted in an old bathtub
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Now I am totally confused on the tyre question :rofl: Maybe I will use them....goodness only knows what we are eating in our supermarket bought vegies anyway..... :shoc

In the background of these pics is the reason my chooks practically live on corn..... :bg :bg

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:51 pm 
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I know heaps of people grow potatoes in a pile of tyres. No idea if there is any leaching into the soill problems, but i always thought they were pretty inert.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:40 am 
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Who peels potatoes before cooking? It's a catch-22. Most of the nutrition is just under the skin, but that's also where the heavy metals (incl cadmium) congregate. So peeling does get rid of most of the nasties. But also a proportion of the nutritional value.

I'll be putting some seed potato into tires this season - we just levelled an eye-sore earth mound alongside the shed and car-port. And found thirty old tires had been buried in it - charming - one way to 'get rid of them' without paying the exorbitant tip fees I suppose. I'm not happy, there is nowhere to put a tire that looks good, they are plug ugly with no redeeming features. But they can grow a crop of spuddies while I save up for a trip to the tip, sorry, waste transfer facility.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:19 am 
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fowlslave wrote:
The chances of nasty chemicals leaching out of railway or indeed treated pine sleepers would hundreds of times more likely than out of a tyre i think you would find.


No actually, there is a scientific study somewhere showing that there is no problem with treated pine for vegetable garden beds. Sorry I dont have time to troll the internet looking for it at the moment.


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andrewschooks wrote:
fowlslave wrote:
The chances of nasty chemicals leaching out of railway or indeed treated pine sleepers would hundreds of times more likely than out of a tyre i think you would find.


No actually, there is a scientific study somewhere showing that there is no problem with treated pine for vegetable garden beds. Sorry I dont have time to troll the internet looking for it at the moment.


and you can get alternatives to Copper Chrome Arsenate (CCA) treated pine for garden beds now too.

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