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
- 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,
- damp proof course.
- 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
Step 2: Hammer flat any nails that are sticking out.
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
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...
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....
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.