Wooden Pallet Craft: How to Make a Garden Grow Box
It is officially summer! I had every intention of starting my garden a month ago, however with the unusually low temperatures in my area this year, we are just now finishing it. But it was definitely worth the wait. My husband decided to use some old pallets that we had laying around to make a garden grow box. This saved us a ton of time and raised our garden to the perfect height.
Garden Grow Box
Here are the instructions on how to make a garden grow box out of pallets. I'm very happy with how they turned out!
- 6 wooden pallets (this may vary depending on the size of your grow box)
- 20 wooden stakes
- 3/4 inch wood for filler pieces
- 8 - 2x4's
- 50 - 1 1/2 inch wood screws
- 50 - 3-inch wood screws
- Black or grey weed control fabric
- Nutri-Mulch - 8 bags.
1. Cut pallets to desired lengths. We used 2 longer pallets and cut them in half to make the sides of our box. We used 2 shorter pallets for the ends. We cut the end pallets so they fit perfectly inside the side pallets.
2. Cut stakes to desired length and use the stakes to support the crate posts. Pound the stakes into the ground and then use the 1 1 /2 inch screws to drill the stakes into the crate.
3. Fill in the gaps of the pallet with 3/4th inch wood and screw into place. Make sure the sides of the garden box are completely enclosed.
4. Put the landscaping cover material on the ground and sides of your garden boxes. This will not only keep weeds from getting into your box, but will also keep the dirt from going out through the cracks.
5. Bring the black landscaping cover over the sides of the grow boxes and put 2x4x8 pieces of wood on the top to finish the box. Screw these pieces of wood on top to keep the black cover in place and also to give it a solid finish edge to sit on.
6. Trim the black tarp on the side so it is flush with the edges.
7. Fill the garden boxes with dirt.
8. Top the garden boxes with Nutra Mulch. Mix the mulch in with the top 2-4 inches of dirt.
9. Put in your plants. I started my garden so late, that I decided to use plants that were already fairly big. This will save me a few weeks of grow time.
This was such a fun family project. We finished it together in one weekend. Now we will anxiously wait for our vegetables to start producing yummy food. I can't wait!
Do you have any creative ways to use pallets?
Jill Greenlaw has a banking background. She gave that up 17 years ago when she got married and started having kids. She loved being a stay-at-home mom while raising her four beautiful children. A few years ago, Jill went back to work in sales. She is now working for the Mom It Forward team as their Community Manager. She loves her job. Her interests include camping, motorcycling, boating, photography, reading, cooking, and traveling. Put her in flip flops anywhere warm and she is happy.