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6 thoughts on “Kitschy Tire Planter

  1. I must agree with you about the begonias – can’t stand the flower myself. But the tire… really? The one pictured may be attractive enough, but the general phenomenon is more undesirable than begonias. I’ve seen too many brown, treeless yards punctuated with very large, white-painted tires filled with very small plants (some fake) and always fringed with tall weeds. Like a pink flamingo, a tire planter is either tasteless or tongue in cheek.

  2. I love this! I just went to one of Felder Rushing’s ( lectures over the weekend and he showed how easy it was to turn tires inside out like this. Can’t wait to make one.

  3. yes, the tire, too, they are in such abundance, why the heck not? Ever read The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver? There’s a garden in “garbage” in there, too.

  4. I need to speak up in defense of begonias–or at least, rex begonias. I grow a watermelon begonia as a houseplant and I love it so much. My cats won’t touch it. I can forget to water it for weeks on end and it bounces right back. And it looks edible, at least.

  5. I have a soft spot for tires, too! My first garden (more than 40 years ago) was in a white-painted tire tractor in our backyard. We lived in a small Manitoba town. I remember filling it with yellow pansies.

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