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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:05 pm 
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I have access to some fairly large worn out old tractor tyres. I was wondering if they would be safe to use for vegie gardens or would thay have been treated with something that could be toxic?? Does anyone know..... :dontknow

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Think they would be OK as I have seen them used for growing potatoes especially. They are fairly inert unless used to start a bonfire, then standback and don't breathe :aaargh:

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No, the tyres themselves are toxic and over time they leach chemicals into the soil around them.


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Whoah! Which 'chemicals'??


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So opinion appears divided 66/33 (n=3) :rofl:
Swallow maybe you could do a search for some scientific research on the topic? I would be really interested in the results if you would share them here :biggrin: I have wondered myself about the safety of tyres.

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Cadmium is used to fix the colour in tyres and some consider a matter of concern.

Here is what Annette McFarlane has to say about it (about a third of the way down the page.)

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It's very easy to cover your bum saying something is a risk. Its a bit like putting 'may contain traces of nuts' on every food product. At the end of day it's not particularly helpful.


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Yes. There have been no definitive studies, so all we have is opinions. It is up to the individual whether or not to take the risk.

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Hmmm....maybe I will err on the side of caution and not take the risk....particularly as it was potatoes and sweet potato that I was considering planting in them :-? . I wonder if I were to paint the inside of the tyre with some sort of sealant.... :-? :-?

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some against the old car tyre
http://aussieorganicgardening.com/?p=114
http://www.sgaonline.org.au/?p=7162

and some for
http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1059566.htm
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2010/08/04/216031_gardening.html

you could just turn them into tyre swans......... :rofl:

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Paint the inside of them with house paint, any old cans/colours will do, this will seal them and then go for it!


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rotten_66 wrote:
Paint the inside of them with house paint, any old cans/colours will do, this will seal them and then go for it!


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You could also line them with black plastic as well , but be aware either option will only seal the inside and if the plant roots go into the soil beneath the tyre they could still come into contact with any leached chemicals from the outside of the tyre.
I think the quantities of cadmium in a tyre would be so minute as to not really be a major concern myself.


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I don't know if this translates, but I only use plastic water bottles a maximum of three times (and the same with any plastics I buy from the supermarket). Over time plastic does leach chemicals and you can taste it! Especially in the water bottles. If they've been standing with water in them, or after there 4th refill they start to get a horrible plastic, metallic, chemically taste which gives my partner the most pounding migraine-like headache.

After having to care for him a few times I've really started to take notice about what I keep my food in. I try to limit metals as well, mainly using glass.

I know it's convenient to use a tyre, but it's pretty easy to knock together some railway sleepers to make a raised bed.

Just my experiences.

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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.


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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.


Fair enough, we don't use them ourselves we use stone edging for our beds, but I thought they might be a cheaper alternative.


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