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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
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Step 1: Lever apart pallets

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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

Step 2: Hammer flat any nails that are sticking out.

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With a hammer flatten any nails that are sticking up.

Step 3: MAKING THE CORNER POSTS -Find the mid point of the central bits of wood and saw in half

Picture of MAKING THE CORNER POSTS -Find the mid point of the central bits of wood and saw in half
Im lazy so I used a bit of string to find the mid point - this point may not make sense until you read the later ones -

Step 4: Saw in half...

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These corner posts will be roughly found running down the inside of the pallets - I found that they make good corner posts for the bed if you saw them in half and then screw back together....

Step 5: Screw corner bits together....

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Here we are screwing using a power drill the corner post bits of wood together - dont bother with pilot holes, just get some good screws and a decent drill. Hold force down on the drill and dont drill too quickly, so that you have control over it.  Repeat this process 4 times till you have 4 corner posts.
ojsefg5 months ago


diy_bloke9 months ago

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 :-)
Sadly i never found any markings on any pellets.
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.
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.
Beds this high are very good for parsnip though :-)

mwakefield39 months ago
pfred2, that is damp course plastic, not paper. If you use hardwood pallets they will last for many more years.
pfred29 months ago

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.

dunkintheshed9 months ago
Excellent one

That looks awesome! GROW ALL THE PLANTS!

floppyjoe9 months ago
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" the square foot garden" 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