I’ve always been interested in gardening, but I never had a lot of space to work with. Then one day, I was driving by a dumpster and saw some pallets sitting out by the trash. That’s when it hit me: if they’re going in the dumpster anyway, might as well try to put them to good use! After all, what else are you going to do with those things? Well, here are six ideas for using pallets in your garden:
Make a Planter
- Drill and bit (to make holes)
- Nails or screws (to secure the planter together)
- Make sure you have your pallet secured on the ground. If you’re working indoors, it might be useful to secure it to a work table with clamps or tape so that you can use both hands when drilling and hammering away at your planter creation! You are ready to begin making holes in your pallet. Use a drill bit that will be large enough for your seedlings/plants of choice; we used 3/4 inch diameter pipe insulation because we were planting tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. The size of these items were all roughly equal in circumference so this worked out great!
Create a Compost Bin
Another great use for pallets is creating a compost bin. This is a pretty simple process, and all you’ll need to do it is two pallets and some landscaping fabric.
- Cut the doors off one of the pallets and remove any nails from them. Then cut three equal lengths of 2x4s from another pallet, and screw these into the sides of both ends of the first pallet to make handles for lifting it up when full.
- Cut pieces of landscaping fabric so that they fit snugly over both ends of this second pallet (the lid), leaving about an inch all around to wrap over onto itself later (this will hold in moisture). Use wood screws or staples to attach each end piece so that they are secure but removable when full – it’s not a bad idea to make one side slightly shorter than the other so that rainwater can drain out easily through that opening as well.
- Place this lid/cover on top of your pile after adding material like leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds etc., being careful not to overlap materials too much or pack them down tightly; otherwise air may become trapped inside which could attract pests such as cockroaches! Cover with another layer if necessary until full then place your final layer for good measure using either plastic sheeting or actual soil depending how long you want it taking before breaking down completely – remember: less access = better results!
Build an Edging
- Create a border around your garden using pallets. You can use them to keep animals out of your garden, or to keep plants in the garden and prevent them from spreading.
- If you want to add some color, paint the pallets before placing them around your flower bed.
Make a Trellis
To make a trellis for a vine, start by placing two pallets side by side.
They should be about as long as you want your trellis to be and about 18 inches apart from each other.
Measure a piece of wire along the side of one pallet, then cut it down the middle using wire cutters (or some kind of saw if you have access to one). If you want your end product to look nicer, paint over these cuts with white or green spray paint before continuing with this step.
Drill holes in each pallet that are spaced about 6 inches apart from each other all along its length so that they line up with where your wires will go. Then measure out exactly how far down into this new hole needs to be drilled so that when it’s filled with soil and plants grow up through it, they’ll stay in place without falling back down again due to gravity pulling them away from their support system — usually something like 2 inches is good enough but feel free to experiment here!
Build a Pallet Chair
You can make a pallet chair, bench, table and stools. These are great for the outdoors or indoors. You can also add cushions to make them more comfortable and stylish.
Construct a Lounge Chair
Make a lounge chair out of pallets. You will need:
- Two pallets of the same size, with the same thickness, and that are not damaged in any way (so you want to look for ones that are already in good condition)
- A cushion for comfort (you can use an old one or buy a new one)
- Wood glue to attach everything together
Use Pallets as Raised Beds
If you’re looking for a way to make your garden space more accessible, consider building raised beds. A raised bed is a box or container that holds soil and plants at a standing height. This makes it easier for people with mobility issues, such as back pain or arthritis, to tend to their gardens without bending over so much. It also reduces the amount of time spent bending by gardeners who have back problems but still want a productive garden!
To make one, choose wood pallets that are in good shape—no splintering or rotting wood allowed! Cut them down into manageable sizes so you can move them around easily (usually no more than 6 inches high). The best size is whatever works best for what you’re planting: large items like tomatoes should be planted in large containers while smaller items like lettuce can grow well in small ones.
You’ll also need something called “soil blocks.” These are little plastic pellets filled with organic matter and seeds (or just plain old dirt if they aren’t organic). Once they’ve been watered well enough to incorporate those seeds into the block itself (it’s easy), plant them directly into each section of your pallet box using some sort of tool that will poke holes through both layers of plastic at once—like an ice pick or screwdriver handle attached onto one end with duct tape for example!
There are so many interesting ways to use pallets in the garden.
There are so many interesting ways to use pallets for your garden.
- Pallets are a great way to recycle wood, and you can find them for free at many places. If you don’t have access to pallets, try checking out your local recycling center or scrap yard. Some businesses also sell used pallets at very affordable prices if you’re interested in buying some!
- You can use pallets as planters by painting them or staining them with other materials like cork or metal. You could even add wheels and make it mobile!
- You can use pallets to make compost bins because they’re sturdy and easy-to-clean surfaces for storing food scraps without contaminating the soil below with harmful chemicals from plastic containers (which would be bad). In fact, this type of container is often used inside homes as well – just look on Pinterest! It’s all about being green when we talk about these things 🙂
As you can see, there are many different ways to use pallets for your garden. You can build raised beds, a compost bin and even a lounge chair. These projects are not only fun to make but they’re also great ways to save money while creating something truly unique!