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Upright Pallet Raised Beds

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Accessible, earth-friendly and cute gardening on a very tight budget: doable? Yes!
The two most important things to accomplishing that goal are time and a willingness to reimagine things. Pallets are, of course, almost ubiquitous in the DIY world - but that is because of just how versatile they are. These raised beds were super easy to make and really dressed up my fence (which is also primarily made of reclaimed materials.)
These pallets are heat treated - something you should keep in mind for any kind of gardening project. Chemically treated pallets have nasty stuff which can leach into the soil and plants, which is no good!
The configuration of these pallets made construction especially easy - with solid fronts and two skids, I just attached the skids to each other via a few screws and turned them on end.
To fill the gap, I took some old bench slats, cut them to size on my miter saw, and screwed them directly to the frame.
After that, fill with soil, add your plants, and voila! I'm thrilled to finally have raspberry canes, and my partner is thrilled that they are securely contained so they won't run all over the place.

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Mar 26, 2015

    Great idea! I've seen pallets used for gardening, but never like this! Welcome to Hometalk!

  • Patty Cody
    Patty Cody Marshfield, MO
    on Mar 26, 2015

    Love this idea!

  • Moxie
    Moxie Brooklyn, IN
    on Mar 27, 2015

    Like it...

  • Ellen Woolley
    Ellen Woolley Belfast, NY
    on Mar 27, 2015

    Do you have to worry about the soil drying out? How often do you feel they need to be watered. I love the idea of containing the canes.

    • Nik Knacks
      Nik Knacks Vancouver, WA
      on Mar 27, 2015

      Yes, inasmuch as the soil drying out sooner is something one will experience with any raised bed. If that is a concern, adding peat moss, hay, or vermiculite to your mix will also help retain moisture. How often you need to water will be informed by the conditions of your yard and climate. :)

  • Linda
    Linda Syracuse, NY
    on Mar 30, 2015

    How do you know if the pallets are heat or chem-treated? Are they different colors because of one process or the other, or are they stamped ?

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