There’s no doubt about it, upcycling is rad and these wood pallet gardens are all the rage right now. They’re cheap, easy to build and can be placed anywhere in the garden. Leave them up year round or take them down at the end of the season it’s up to you.
Building raised beds from pallets like this one is a relatively simple weekend project. (Mavis Butterfield)
Things You’ll Need
4 wood pallets
12 #10 x 2″ galvanized wood screws
Heavy duty garden gloves
Wooden pallets can be purchased new or found behind big box stores. (mavis butterfield)
Measure the wood pallets to ensure that the planter will fit in your space. (mavis butterfield)
Cut the wood pallets down to size, if necessary. (mavis butterfield)
Stand the pallets up to configure the raised bed. (mavis butterfield)
Drill the galvanized wood screws into the wood pallets. (mavis butterfield)
Standing wood pallet garden, ready for planting. (mavis butterfield)
Place a piece of cardboard in the bottom of the planter to smother weeds. (mavis butterfield)
Cucumber plants will thrive in a raised bed like this one. (mavis butterfield)
Water as needed.
Now all that’s left to do is watch your plants thrive in your homemade wood pallet garden. (mavis butterfield)
Tips & Warnings
- If using an old pallet, watch out for rusty nails or staples and look for a wood pallet that has HT stamped somewhere on the pallet. HT means the wood pallet was heat treated or kiln dried (as opposed to chemically treated). If you are unsure if your pallet is new or used, scrub the wood down with a mixture of bleach and soapy water and then let the pallet dry out before using to minimize any chemicals that may have been placed on the pallet.