Guest Post by Beau
What do you do when you get on the “Hey, pallets are the ‘in’ thing. Let’s go get some, and make things kick with the pallet boards?”
The wife and I did just that. We went pallet searching. I ended up about 10 nice pallets with no industrial stuff or food stuff on them. (Picture not included, y’all know what a pallet looks like). I proceeded to tear them apart, finally figuring out it is much easier to just use the skill saw and cut the boards.
Next, what to do with all these pallet pieces.
First, I made two nice useful works of art for the bathrooms. I left them unstained and unpainted for a rustic look. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Read my full disclosure policy here for more details. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Now what to do with the rest of the pallet pieces. With the ongoing house remodeling, time is at a premium. (I’m redoing the kitchen, which is coming out great. But that’s another post for later.) I decided to use the pallet boards to make some square foot gardens. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of room in the back yard for gardening so my solution is to make some that will sit on the deck. I really didn’t want it to be stationary but rather be able to move it around to give extra room as needed.
For all you small gardeners out there, I highly recommend square foot gardening. If you keep the squares at 4 foot square and leave room on all sides, then weeding is no problem. Or you can do what I used to do, which is row farming. I made a 25 foot row. I planted cabbage, corn, squash, turnips and numerous other crops. When you first plant, it is great, but then as time and the hot sun of summer hits, the weeds and bugs start to kick in and most gardens end up looking like a huge weed patch. The other problem for the diligent small gardener is what the heck am I going to do with 30 cabbages that are all maturing at the same time. That being said, some crops do work better row gardening, such as corn, most types of melons, pumpkins and other large vegetables. Most everything else will be just fine in a square foot garden.
Most square foot garden spaces start as 4′ x 4′ plots.
So I started this box the same. I made a basic frame 4′ by 4′. I had some 4” x4”post that I cut to act as the legs. Decided I was only going to make it 12” deep which is plenty deep enough for most anything that I want to grow. I added some blocks on my post to set the correct height. I then cut the pallet boards to even 16” each to make the sides. I did purchase some wheels to attach to the post.
I took all the material to the deck to assemble it. Once on the deck, I decided 2 things. Not wanting to do all the math, the first thing was I realized this was going to be a LOT of weight. The 2ndis it was going to take up a lot of room on the deck. Simple solution. I cut my not yet assembled box in half and made two 2’x4′ boxes. I cut more pallet boards and 4”x4” posts. Purchased more wheels and moved the other 2’x 4′ box down a flight to the very bottom deck.
Finally, assembly was easy.
I already figured the height at 34”. I took into account that the wheels are 5 ½” tall. Started to put it together. The next snag I encountered was that the wheels were bigger than 4 x4” post! Solution… use some 2” x 4” pieces at the bottom of each post, attach them to the post, then attach the wheels. I re-cut the post by an extra 1 1/2” to accommodate the added 2 x4 and I was in business. I made the frame then started attaching the pallet boards.
I did purchase some cedar boards to outline the top, Added soil and plants. My square foot garden was done. Time to sit back now and wait for the produce to start coming in. What about you? How do you garden?