Heres how to build a raised bed out of pallets to grow salads or vegetables. It will cost you about £20 at the most in materials if you are savy and can source cheep compost. It has the potential to last for 20 years or more, and can grow hundreds if not thousands of pounds worth of salad over its life time... Its value is that it can be used in an urban context, here in the photo it is stood on top of concrete.  you will need to make sure it can drain from the bottom if you are putting it on concrete.

You will need

-- pallets,
- a pallet breaker
or demolition tool. it makes the job loads easier .
- compost (bulky organic matter and concentrates,)
- power drill,
- screws (30mm, and 50mm),
- staple gun,
- saw
- damp proof course.
- hammer
- stanley blade

( more information about growing food go to www.ediculture.org)

Step 1: lever apart pallets

using a pallet breaker (i got mine from screw fix for 20 £ - its called a demolition tool) lever apart your pallets - you can get these for free from builders yards, and other such commercial places
<p>It looks great. With pallets ofcourse there is always the question wether any chemicals will leak in the soil. People then always say check the markings for pressure treated wood :-)<br>Sadly i never found any markings on any pellets. <br>If i would have any criticism on yr design i would say that maybe it is higher than necessary, requiring a lot of material to fill it.<br>One could fill the bottom part with cheaper compostable material, leaves, kitchen scraps etc. put some cardboard on top and then put in yr store bought stuff.<br> Beds this high are very good for parsnip though :-)<br></p>
pfred2, that is damp course plastic, not paper. If you use hardwood pallets they will last for many more years.
<p>Judging by the rot I'm seeing in my raised beds I'd be surprised if you got much more than 6 years out of those thin slats. That paper you have against the wood might even accelerate the process too. So don't count your years before they've passed. Still looks good though so enjoy it while it lasts. Next time think about thoroughly painting the wood inside and out with a plastic latex. That might give it a bit more longevity. </p>
Excellent one
<p>That looks awesome! GROW ALL THE PLANTS!</p>
It looks like an awful lot of compost to make a salad bar for slugs.;-) Put some copper wire or copper tape round your planters to keep the slugs and snails out. (There's an instructable how to electrify the wires). You should also check out&quot; the square foot garden&quot; it will show you how to grow more stuff using fraction of the material. good instructable liked it need to make a pallet breaker now. Regards Floppyjoe

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