Pallet projects are quickly gaining in popularity. Who can blame people for salvaging pallet wood for garden projects? Have you seen the cost of lumber lately? Pallets are completely free here in Denver if you know where to look. If you’re going for consistency, you can also buy them for a couple bucks apiece. What if you don’t have time to tear down all those pallets? Well, the good news is, you can use them “as is” for many garden projects. Here’s a few simple ones to try.
Pallets are the perfect size for the sides of a compost bin. You’ll need 4 for a square. The slotted sides of pallets provide good air flow. You may wish to line them with chicken wire, but it’s certainly not necessary. All you need is 8 simple hinges, 4 pallets and screws for the hinges. Form an upright square with the pallets. Fasten hinges to the top and bottom of each pallet where they meet at the corners. That’s it. You’re done. (Takes about 5 minutes with an electric drill for the screws.)
Note: If you’d like a shorter bin, you can easily saw the pallets in half before construction.
We’re doing this in the garage of our Denver fixer-upper. It will eliminate our need for the ancient 1960’s metal shed that came with the house.
How to do it:
Simply fasten pallets to the garage walls, upright, with side openings facing upwards. Tools stand in the pallet, ready for use. Plus, there’s no hassle with hooks or tight, tough to use brackets. Of course, this idea will be moved to our new garden shed if we ever have the time to build it. It’s on the list.
Note: Tool handles are inserted into the openings. That way, the rest of the tool is visible. You’ll easily see the exact tool you’re looking for.
Potted plant drainage booster
Sand and paint your pallet in pretty colors to match your taste and the look of your garden. Southwestern decor compliments Colorado homes very nicely. Some people prefer pastels, while others like brighter colors. Stapled landscape fabric to the bottom of the pallet to keep weeds out. Place the pallet on level ground in the garden area, fabric side down. Use it as a means to keep pots off the ground for better drainage.
*Your potted plants won’t root into the ground.
*You can stack several at varying heights for a varied look.
Once again, you’ll want to sand and finish your pallet before use. Garden life can be hard on wood. Dig a couple post holes for 2×4 braces where the trellis will sit. Place the 2×4’s in the holes, level and cement around them. Then, simply fasten the pallet to the 2×4’s in an upright position, with the outward facing slats vertical. Voila! You know have a free, sturdy trellis and a bit of shade for climbing plants!
Making a pallet fence for your garden is so simple! You don’t need a permit for a garden fence. Follow the same steps you took for the trellis above, using enough 2×4’s and pallets to surround your garden. Leave a space between two of the 2×4’s for a gate. The gate is simply another pallet with hinges and a latch.
Note: You will have to be sure the space between each set of 2×4’s will accommodate each pallet. Keep in mind that pallets may vary in size. One easy way to do this is to attach the pallets to the 2×4’s first, leaving a foot of each 2×4 at the bottom to insert into the post holes. Mark and dig your post holes after the sections are constructed for a perfect fit.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.