Quick Raised Bed From a Pallet

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.

Pallet Strawberry [with unwelcome maple seeds]

Pallet Strawberry Bed  [with unwelcome maple seeds]

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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