Pallet Wood Raised Garden

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Introduction: Pallet Wood Raised Garden

About: William Davison Jr recently moved from the Denver area to the Tucson, Arizona area to work in the defense industry. He keep busy with his many hobbies (old BMW car restorations, LEGO Robotics and Halloween ef…

I had some free pallets in the backyard that were being stored and decided to get the eye soars out of the yard. Of course I had been storing them for a project or to make something useful as an up cycle project.I didn't want to tear them apart and toss them out...

After looking on line at the cost of raised gardens I had a great idea! I would tear apart the pallets and use the wood for a raised garden and once I got started, tearing them apart, I decided they would make great, small planter boxes. This would be easy to have a small garden on the side of the house what would be free in cost.

So, pallets are very unsafe, nails and wood splinters can be dangerous things when you are ripping apart the pallet... Wear eye protection and gloves to protect your hands!

NOTE:

"Pallets are NOT SAFE to use for growing food. Pallets are treated with all kinds of nasty chemicals to keep them from rotting, to kill pests, etc. Pressure treated wood of any kind, particularly pallet wood, is not suitable for growing consumables. The chemicals WILL leach out into your food and it’s not something you want to ingest. It’s a great project, but maybe fill it up with flowers and grasses or anything not destined for your stomach!" Added comment by MuzicMaker on 6/25/2020

If food is to be grown line the dirt or burlap with plastic or something to block the leaching of harmful chemicals!

Supplies

Screws

Nails

pallets

burlap

potting soil

drill and drill bits

hammer

saws all

scrap wood (2x4s)

Step 1: Cut Each Section

Remove a few boards for the bottoms of the planters and then cut each section to form the front and back walls of each planter you want to make. Use the extra 2x4s to create a section wall so that there is support for the bottom to be nailed into.

Step 2: Burlap to Keep the Dirt In

I used sections of burlap to keep the dirt in each section. I used a staple gun and attached the fabric to the front and back. If there was an open area, I left it and will place a large rock to fill the opening so the dirt would remain in each of the sections.

Step 3: Some Fun Decorations

I decided to add some fun decorations to the front of each planter... bottle caps and plates made a easy addition.

I used a nail to punch a hole in the bottle caps then used screws to screw them into the wood.

Step 4: Legs to Raise It Up

Metal bars were used to hold the side of each planter and formed a lean to on the brick wall.

I drilled holes into each leg at the same height and then was able to use long screws to pin them on the planters.

Step 5: Week Five

I went back and now have added string for the plants to grow and grab onto... tomatoes and green beans need to have some support as they get taller and love to hang onto these supports.I used a metal wire to put the string on... looks ugly but I think it will work! I love I did all of this for free and that my seeds I bought at the hardware store really grew fast... the most expensive item was the planting soil... $12 USD for a big bag... and the burlap was from a different project (re upholstering car seats!) and it was $10 USD for a roll of about 30 feet.

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    4 Comments

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    MuzicMaker
    MuzicMaker

    1 year ago

    I think it’s important to add (maybe right at the beginning in BIG LETTERING) that pallets are NOT SAFE to use for growing food. Pallets are treated with all kinds of nasty chemicals to keep them from rotting, to kill pests, etc. Pressure treated wood of any kind, particularly pallet wood, is not suitable for growing consumables. The chemicals WILL leach out into your food and it’s not something you want to ingest. It’s a great project, but maybe fill it up with flowers and grasses or anything not destined for your stomach!

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    WilliamD44
    WilliamD44

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for this comment, I had never thought about that... I will add this comment and suggest that if food is to be grown, to line the dirt with plastic or something to block the leaching of harmful chemicals...

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    pablo1609
    pablo1609

    Reply 9 months ago

    Heat Treated pallets ARE safe to use for food, look for the HT stamp on them...

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    seattle_uf
    seattle_uf

    Tip 1 year ago on Step 5

    If you're really short on time, don't cut the pallet, but lean the whole unit against a wall. I've seen this done elsewhere. They used black plastic bags inside, filled them with soil and placed it against a wall. It could be a quick and easy herb garden, or even grow tomatoes. If you were doing tomatoes, I'd plant it on the very top and let the plant grow downwards. Just remember that these will need a bit more fertilizer than if you were planting in the garden. Black plastic bags will prevent weeds and help the soil to warm up more quickly.