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.
- Chop Saw
- Pry Bar
- Drill (I used 2 drills)
- Tape Measure
- Staple Gun
- Drill Bits
- 4 Wood Pallets
- 2 1/2" Screws (I had lots leftover from ourBARN build)
- 3" Wood Nails
- Plastic Sheeting (optional)
- About 4 Hours
- Medium (power tool and conceptual skills)