How to make a garden room out of pallets
I can’t believe this is my first pallet project. I have been wanting to make a gate for our garden for two years now. Last year the deer helped themselves to my strawberry plants they need to stay out.
To make my gate I used two pallets and a few 2 x 4’s that we had left over from tearing down a shed.
Then I added a 2 x 4 to the cut end.
I do realize that deer can jump my gate if they want to. Hopefully they are too lazy.
That gate is TOTALLY awesome. It’s really pretty actually! (I don’t usually say that about pallet projects. cool, yes, but not pretty), but that gate is pretty! You totally have to do a trellis over the top!
Hmm. now i’m thinking because I need a fence to hide my neighbors yard. (love her, but she has way too many abandon cars back there!), and the whole cyclone fence, with neighbors junky yard doesn’t always work well when selling a house. lol
* I don’t think the potting shed link is working, or it could be my computer??
Well done, Well done. I love a resourceful woman!
Super nice touches on your gate – love the crosspieces. Great job Mimi!
Mimi, this is SO cool! Like Katie said, it’s really beautiful and the cross pieces on the back remind me of a Union Jack! I just pinned it and am going to see if my husband might build me one. 🙂
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Brilliant and free. Love it. My husband is fascinated with pallets.
Well that’s just awesome!
I love this! It looks perfect. just the right amount of rustic.
that is simply genius, mimi!
This is so clever! I love it!
This is down right incredible!! WOW. Im so inspired by your creativity!! Awesome idea and Im so going to find a place to use this,thanks! Deidre
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So VERY clever. love it! Laurel
I have two pallets in back just itching to be used for something. I wish I needed a gate somewhere because yours is the best I have seen! I’d love it if you shared this over at You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday here: http://www.kathewithane.com/2012/05/youre-gonna-love-it-tuesday-5.html
Have a beautiful day ♥
Your gate is fabulous. I appreciate that it repurposes something that might just be tossed. But, more than that, it looks incredible. Also love your potting shed and your gorgeous dog!
This is totally cool. I need a gate and taller fence around for my garden since the bunnies have decided that I am growing them a buffet. This may be just the ticket to get me started. I would love it if you would share on my linky party Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/05/tout-it-tuesday-7.html
What a great idea, and a great blog!
This is so clever!! Love how it turned out! great way to use a pallet! the little dog is adorable too! Thank you for linking up to Uncommon!! Featuring this over at our FB page today!! 😉
I love how you reused the pallets–something that might have ordinarily ended up in a landfill–and created something beautiful and functional for your garden–very well done!
I have seen pallets being repurposed for so many things, but love the idea of using them for a garden gate! Thanks so much for sharing over here at Fishtail cottage’s garden party! i’m sure many of us gardeners will be inspired by your fabulous idea! xoox, tracie
great gate! haven’t seen a pallet gate– EVER!
I’ve seen lots of uses for pallets. Way to go for thinking outside the box. you could use pallets I suppose for the small portions that are needed on either side. You’ll think of something lovely I’m sure!
Great idea to build a gate out of the pallets! They are so popular right now. Your gate looks really good, even if the deer can still jump over it ;0)
Totally FBing this tomorrow!
That is awesome!! I need something like that to keep my dog out of the garden!! He likes to eat the strawberries, which is all we have right now:P
How clever is that? I have not seen the gate project and it is wonderful. They will be sturdy. I am visiting for the first time, drop by for a visit. Kathy
Hi! This is a great idea! I love the stuff you can do with pallets – for free!! When my mom was fighting cancer, she had a dirt path across her yard to her back steps that would always be muddy when it rained and she would have to zig zag around the puddles. My aunt and I were making a trip to the store and I saw a stack of pallets by a hardware store. I asked if I could have some and explained why and they helped me load some good ones up in my van. I laid them butt to butt along the path making sure they were level and, voila’! she had a nice, stable walkway to get from house to truck!! They stayed in good shape the last year she was alive and made her so happy!! Thanks for bringing back that memory!!
That is a very creative project.
Love your gate Mimi. I am making many things out of pallets at the moment. Right now I need to make two gates, one for each side of the house. My wife wants them to not be see thru like yours are. Any suggestions on that besides using a piece of paneling?
PS: I will send you a photo of my newest creation – a potting table!
If you want to protect your precious residential and commercial properties, then it would be better to install the gates that are durable, good looking, fulfil the security purposes and matches with your style as well.
Seek more advise from Benny
That is absolutely ingenious. I’ve been struggling with how to make a gate square and since pallets are already square this idea will work. It should keep my chickens out of my garden!
DIY Pallet Garden; How to make Raised Wood Pallet Garden Bed
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Have you planted your garden yet? I have the best DIY garden project for you! A raised wood pallet garden bed! It is super easy to make. Took me less than a day to have a number of pallet garden beds ready for planting. And it really cuts down on weeding! Let me show you how!
Why a pallet Garden bed?
We’ve been renting our home for a few years now and I have struggled with my garden. See I’m one of those lucky people who has an amazing landlord who gives me pretty much free reign on projects in the yard. I can do what I want as long as it improves the house. So last year I made a garden. Well, it was the first year. And it also was being converted from a plot of grass. It was hard to get the grass to quit growing and allow the plants to grow. And then to top it all off, I got really sick with adenovirus and whooping cough that lasted a few months. The weeds and grass took over. This year I’m doing things differently. I’m aiming solely at weed control, and ease in gardening. So most of my gardening will be done in these super easy DIY Pallet garden plots.
Pallet Garden supplies
- Wooden pallets in good condition
- Weed/garden fabric
- Top soil
- Staple gun and staples
- plants for planting
For me the hardest part was simply finding the silly pallets! In our area they aren’t very common. The most ideal way is to get them brand new. But I couldn’t find any places in my area that offer them. So I went looking to recycle pallets for my garden. Many businesses I visited said, “oh we don’t sell or offer our pallets”. But I finally was able to find a few after about a month of searching. But once you find your pallets, the hard part is all but done! I highly recommend reading this great article on Pallet Gardening, that helps you know how to pick out the best pallets for your garden.
With your pallets at home and cleaned we can begin . Turn your pallets over. Then lay the garden fabric across the back. Measure enough to cover the entire back. As well as enough extra on all four sides to cover the ends and overlap at the top. Then trim the fabric from the roll.
Begin stapling the garden fabric to the backside of the wood pallet. I stapled the outer edges first, holding the fabric taut . Then I did additional staples on the main beams that go through the center. Once it is firmly secure, turn the pallet over.
We then begin folding the fabric up to the top of the pallet and stapling it to the top. This seals the pallet and prevents any of the dirt from leaking out of the sides. When you are done you should not have any open spots where dirt can escape except at the top.
Once you have all your pallet garden beds created, move them into place. You want them empty as you are moving them because once they are filled with dirt, they aren’t going anywhere. I ended up rearranging my pallet garden beds multiple times before I was happy with the layout. Once you have them where you want them, start filling them with top soil .
The smaller pallets took about 2 bags of 1 cubic-feet top soil. I used a mixture of Scotts Premium Top Soil and Miracle-Grow Garden Soil. The larger pallets took about double of the smaller pallets . Give or take a cubic foot of soil. That should give you a rough estimate of how much top soil you need. Of course you could just scoop up dirt from your current garden and fill your pallet. But like I said, I’m going for full weed control. Our garden dirt is overloaded with weed seeds and such. I want a fresh start of soil for my garden pallets without weeds already mixed in.
With the wood pallet garden beds filled, you can then start planting. I got a number of plants from our local plant nursery. Strawberries being my top priority!
Then I also planted peas, radishes, green onions, jalepenos and habenaro peppers and Red Bell peppers. Not all of them have sprouted yet, as some were planted from seeds. But give it a while and my pallet garden bed should be full of lush green foods to enjoy this summer!
Things you don’t want to plant in a pallet garden are those that require a deeper root system. This includes plants such as
- Regular onions
- Any vegetable that grows down and requires more than 3-4 inches of depth for growth.
Plants that are fantastic to grow in a garden pallet would be:
- Almost any herb
- Basically any plant that grows upwards and uses a shallow root base.
I planted our Tomatoes, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Rhubarb and Raspberries in the same garden plot, but outside of the pallet garden.
To top it all off I added cement flower pots at the edges. I followed the same outline. I layered the bottom of the cement blocks with the garden fabric. Then filled with dirt and planted Marigolds. These flowers are known for helping to keep bugs away from other plants. So I figured it was definitely worth a shot to try this year.
And now you are ready to enjoy your summer of minimal weeding and optimal vegetables! I can’t wait for harvest time! And soon I will be featuring Canning recipes for you as I put up and store our food that come from our garden!
Do you like the look of a Pallet garden?
What would you plant in your pallet Garden?
Questions? Feel free to ask any questions you have about the pallet garden! I will do my best to answer them all.
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