We had to buy new tires for our older son's truck. That was not so frugal, but it had to be done or his vehicle would not have passed inspection. His tires are extra BIG, 33 inches in diameter to be exact. Rather than pay the additional fee to the tire store to dispose of them, I brought them back home to try something I read about in a now discontinued blog. I was going to reuse them to make raised beds for my vegetable garden.
Here is my younger son who happened to be home cutting out the sides of the tire with a reciprocating saw:
Thank God for power tools! :) As you can see from the photo, they are quite wide. Since these are heavy duty truck tires, I believe they are also quite sturdier than regular passenger vehicle tires.
Here they are in my garden after the sides were cut out and dirt shovelled in:
The one in the foreground was planted with shallots, which tend to be expensive in the supermarkets. I remember reading somewhere that you save money planting vegetables that are pricey. The other three were planted with three different varieties of cucumbers, slicing, pickling and an oriental variety I planted last year that I saved seeds from a cuke that was allowed to mature on the vine. That means I didn't even have to buy the seeds! :) You can't tell from the photo, but the seeds in the second bed germinated just since this morning when I went to water!
And here is another shot of the rest of the beds:
The two beds with the darker soil is from last year when I purchased bagged garden soil. That can get expensive really quick, so this year, we purchased a truckload of dirt. It probably is from a riverbed or somewhere like that, so there is no organic matter in it. I was not sure how the seeds would germinate in such a medium, but so far, everything appears to be doing nicely. I just need to make sure to fertilize it once or twice during the growing season. When the compost in the pile you can see in the background is ready, that will be mixed in so I hope the garden will do even better in the following years!
I will be adding two more tire beds later this summer when my husband's truck needs at least two new tires to pass inspection on his vehicle. Tires are not cheap, so why spend extra money to the store just to get rid of the old ones? These babies are pretty much indestructible, so these will be in our garden for years to come.