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It's spring time in the Rockies and we are ready to grow. Ms. Zoid asked for a solution for a raised bed that we had to leave at the last house we lived in, so we put our heads together. I see a lot of discarded pallets in the alley near my new job and decided that it was time to reuse them. We sat down and drew up an idea for our raised bed and I scored the pallets the next morning. The idea was to have a raised bed that was easy to work around and that it would cost little to nothing to create. I didn't spend any money on our finished product as I had screws left over from our barn build.

Living in the Rockies provides some challenges weather wise. I built this bed to have a few options by having raised corners. The reasons for the elevated corners is as follows:

  • I can easily clamp a tarp to protect from snow, hail and bears.
  • The corners will also help to support our plants once they grow tall.
  • It will double as a workspace by adding a surface to the top.
  • I can fully enclose the planter to create a hothouse in early spring or to grow a winter crop.
  • It looks cool.

We decided that we needed some way to protect our plants, that is why I built up the corner pieces - to be able to cover the plants as needed. The raised sides will also come in handy for winter plants and to protect our starter plants next spring. Plants, plants & plants.

Tools Needed:

  • Chop Saw
  • Hammer
  • Pry Bar
  • Drill (I used 2 drills)
  • Tape Measure
  • Staple Gun
  • Drill Bits

Items Needed:

  • Table
  • 4 Wood Pallets
  • 2 1/2" Screws (I had lots leftover from ourBARN build)
  • 3" Wood Nails
  • Plastic Sheeting (optional)

Time Needed:

  • About 4 Hours

Skill Level:

  • Medium (power tool and conceptual skills)

Step 1: Gathering Your Supplies

Finding pallets is really easy, I just drive through the alleys of a local industrial area and grab the pallets next to dumpsters. If the are closer to the buildings, just ask the business associated and most of the time they are more than happy to have you take them. Screws and nails and easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. There are also a number of ways to build this planter with tools you probably already have in your collection.

Screws and Nails - I had the screws left over from our barn raising and the nails were left in our last yard from the messy builders next door.

Tools - I used a minimum of tools really. The hammer and pry bar were the most used items. I happen to have a chop saw and cutting the boards took very little time.

<p>Good article. HOWEVER, You really should add a section upfront on types wood treatment used in pallet manufacturing. And what to use and what to stay away from. I only use Heat treated or Debarked pallets (stamped with DB or HT). There are some chemically and painted treatments that I would not use in a garden. Here is a site that has more info on the &quot;treatment types and stamps&quot; used to identify them on the pallet. https://www.fix.com/blog/preparing-wood-pallets-for-upcycling/ Please add this infor mation for your viewers.</p>
<p>Great instructable! One question, though - How difficult will it be to pick ripe tomatoes with the netting you have in the last picture (Aug. 17) in the way?</p>
August 17th. We lost a tomato to an evil squirrel so we decided to wrap our plants. I know the fuzzy rat can chew right through or climb over, but we just had to do something.
<p>Thank you <strong><a href="http://www.prettypegs.com/us/" rel="nofollow">Instructables</a></strong> and <strong><a href="http://www.prettypegs.com/us/" rel="nofollow">PrettyPegs</a></strong> for the 3rd prize win in the <strong><a href="http://www.prettypegs.com/us/" rel="nofollow">Pallet Contest</a></strong>. I'll be sure to make something cool and post it when I'm done.</p>
Friday, August 7th. We wrapped the uprights with hemp rope to give the plants support. The tomatoes are getting heavy.
July 26th.
July 19th.
July 19th. The plants are surprisingly healthy despite their close quarters. No bugs or tomato worms. We used organic soil and no pesticides or fertilizer. I'll keep everyone informed as to how they turn out.
<p><a href="http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/build-raised-gardening-beds-from-salvaged-wood-pallets/" rel="nofollow">http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/build-raised-gardening-beds-from-salvaged-wood-pallets/</a></p>
July 12th, 2015
July 4th.
<p>Good bed. Raised beds are awesome</p>
<p>Thank you, Buck2217. I did my best to step up from the raised beds I researched. I had the idea to make it multi-functional and saw nothing like it. I'll keep posting updates as to plant growth and other uses I come up with.</p>
June 21st.
<p>Shared article.</p><p><a href="http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/build-raised-gardening-beds-from-salvaged-wood-pallets/" rel="nofollow">http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/build-raised-gardening-beds-from-salvaged-wood-pallets/</a></p>
We got more hail today.
<p>This is fantastic! Thanks for such detailed instructions with photos. My husband and I have been talking about building a raised bed in the corner of our yard for two springs now. We've also talked a lot about a small greenhouse for veggies in the off seasons, so I'm digging that your planter has the high corner pieces to allow for flexibility in use. </p><p>We have gophers here, but I think laying down some mesh or wire under the bed would keep them out. Do you think this would cause any issues with the functionality of the bed? </p>
<p>Thank you!</p><p>We don't have gophers in our neighborhood, but i think a wire mesh would keep them out and allow you roots to grow.</p>
<p>Awesome, we'll try it! The last time we planted green beans, we watched them slowly disappear day after day. Little buggers would take the entire stalk from the root. Thanks again!</p>

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