I am taking an idea from Pinterest–using a pallet to make a quick raised garden bed. Although this idea would work best for annuals like lettuce and spinach, I needed a new location for strawberries. Their former bed is too shaded due to a fast growing maple tree. We have several pallets left from the stone work my husband did last year. I chose a sturdy one with all of its slats. Nail scrap lumber or slats from the other pallets to the open ends and the fork lift holes on the sides. You now have a box with open slats. Choose a sunny place in the garden. Cover the ground where the pallet will rest with cardboard or several layers of newspaper. This will kill the grass under the pallet. Lay the pallet on the cardboard. Now fill with loose potting soil. Add enough soil to make up for settling after watering. I transplanted my ever-bearing strawberries from their old bed and watered them well. Now comes the true test–to see if they bear in their new location AND whether or not they winter over in their pallet box. If not, this will be next summer’s spinach bed.
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