Pallet gardening – If you’re into growing your own fruits and veggies, you’ll definitely love this article. We’ll show you how wood pallets can help you grow your veggies.
All you need is a few food pallets, high-quality soil, and a few seeds. You can build your very own raised bed pallet garden in a few ways.
Gardening can easily turn into your favorite activity, and the best part about it is the fact that you can do it in a huge garden or tiny apartment. Our handy tips will help you get the best of your home garden.
Should you buy new pallets?
According to Mrs. Mavis Butterfiels, new pallets work better. “Personally, I suggest using a new, clean, fresh pallet. If you live in the Tacoma area, you can purchase new pallets from Girard Wood Products in Puyallup, Washington for about $9 each. We purchased our pallets here for this year’s wood pallet garden.”
If you decide to go for recycled pallets, here’s what Mavis suggests that you do.
“Look for a pallet that has HT stamped somewhere on the pallet. This means the pallet was heat treated, or kiln dried as opposed to chemically treated.
Because you can never be sure that chemicals were stored on an old pallet or that there is some sort of bacteria lurking inside the recycled pallets, I would scrub the wood down with some bleach and soapy water and let it dry out before using it to plant anything.
Also, watch out for old, rusty nails or staples.”
Why are raised beds better?
You enjoy plenty of benefits. Raised beds extend the planting season, and you’re safe from weeds. You won’t be able to step over the raised beds, which means the roots will be able to grow easily.
The use of compost, and close plant spacing provide high yields which isn’t the case with conventional gardening. Waist-high raised beds work amazing for elderly and disabled people, because all of the bending stuff is gone.
If your bed is strong enough, you can sit on the edge, and weed.
How tall should your beds be?
Anything under 36’’ is just enough. Opt for 11’’, which means that you’ll have to stack 2 boards with sizes 2’’ and 6’’. Your beds can also be 6’’ high, because the roots can go deep in the soil to get more nutrients.
If you need a taller bed, the soil may add pressure to the sides. You can solve this by using cross-supports. These are recommended for beds taller than 18’’ or longer than 6’’.
Calculate the depth of the soil needed for your veggies. This depends on the quality of your soil. Some crops need higher beds. Focus on your raised beds. It’s the best anti-stress therapy, plus you can do this with your family, and thus spend more time together.