Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where Does Your Garden Grow? Make a Raised Bed Garden in a Pallet Crate

pallet crate garden
We have an evidently-fertile group (flock? pod? swarm?) of chipmunks, rabbits,  and squirrels in our yard, which has made it quite difficult for us to have a garden.  I have known that I needed to do a raised-bed garden, even though I know some of those suckers can climb, but I at least wanted to make it a bit more difficult for them to feast. I did not, however, want to spend money on wood. When our church did some renovations this spring, I saw my chance for a nearly-free raised garden when new tiles were delivered and came in the most sturdy-looking crates.

I asked my husband to bring a few of these home as they were emptied.
I decided to begin with three (but so wish I had a few more now).  We bought a roll of landscaping cloth at Home Depot*, along with some bags of gardening soil. Using the staple gun, I attached the landscaping cloth to the inside of the crates to line them, overlapping so that there were no spaces for the dirt to escape.  Once the landscaping cloth was attached securely, we poured the gardening soil in and planted some small vegetable plants such as tomatoes, squash, peppers, and zucchini.  I also decided to try my hand at planting some seeds (cukes and green onions). 

I wish I had a "just finished" picture, but, alas, I was not forward thinking.  Here are pics from this week, which is six weeks after planting.  

Pallet garden
As you can see, the garden is thriving!  I have seen some places where the chipmunks or squirrels have been digging, but since I cut my sons' hair, I gathered up the results and scattered them around the outside of the crates to ward them off.  I have seen very little varmint activity since then. 

My first squash:

Not the same excitement as the birth of my children, but pretty exciting all-the-same!

*Update:  Mary Ann, a reader on the website Hometalk, suggested using pieces of cardboard and newspaper to line the pallets with.  Brilliant!  This would save the cost of the landscaping cloth AND would recycle materials that might otherwise go to the landfill.  She said to use cardboard to form a "frame" inside the pallet, then place several layers of cardboard on the bottom, wetting each layer as you go.  Follow this with several layers of newspaper, also wetting as you go.  This not only lines the crate, but also creates compost over time.  Thanks, Mary Ann!!


  1. Way to go Patty!! Looks good. Gardens grow so much faster down in NC than they do in MI.

  2. Looks incredible! I always see pallets for free, and I am gardner (newbie), so this is right up my alley! Im in Raleigh, NC :)

    1. Thanks for the nice comment, Laresa, and especially for stopping by! We used to live in Raleigh and my husband is from there. It is such a great city.

  3. Beautiful garden and I would like to replicate it this year for our garden. Did you break down the pallets first? How much garden soil did you use? I've got the palles but not really sure where to start.

  4. شركة تتميز بجميع الخبرات في تقديم اعمالها المتميزة في الكشف عن التسريبات من خلال شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجدة التي تعطي كل ما لديها في اصلاح العديد من المشاكل التي تحدث نتيجة كسر او عطل مفاجئ في امدادت المياه لذلك ننصحم ان تعتمد علي شركة كشف تسربات بجدة لديه سباكين وفنين لديهم الخبرة في حل هذه المشكلة بكل سهولة كما نمتلك لديها القدرة علي تنفيذ اعمال العوازل من خلال شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض التي تعالج تسريبات المياه في الاسقف والحوائط كما نقدم خدمة العزل السليمة للخزانات الارضي والعلوي الخرسانية بواسطة فني متميزة لديه القدرة علي معالجة كل ذلك بسهولة من خلال شركة عزل خزانات بالرياض تمتلك مواد ذات جودة متميزة

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