Wooden Pallet Craft: How to Make a Garden Grow Box

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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.

How to Make a Garden Grow Box

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!

Materials Needed

  • 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
  • Dirt
  • Nutri-Mulch - 8 bags.


How to Make a Garden Grow Box - Garden Box


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?


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Jill Greenlaw

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.

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15 responses to “Wooden Pallet Craft: How to Make a Garden Grow Box”

  1. Carol Ann Millar Shepherd says:

    Totally Cool.

  2. ria says:

    Thanks for the great info. Can’t wait to try this at home.

  3. Wow–this is functional, frugal, and very attractive! Thanks for the great how-to and the pics to go along with it. I couldn’t garden much without my waist-high planting bed…I think I need a couple more 😉

  4. Laura P. says:

    Just make sure the wood used for the pallets was NOT treated. The chemicals can leach out into your soil & produce.

  5. Jenell says:

    I live in GA, where does one get the pallets?

  6. Eddie N says:

    A lot better method than the one that I was using. I will try this design.

  7. LyndaS says:

    That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing. I just shared it on Google+ and Pinterest – I love it that much!! Now….to persuade my husband to build one for me….

  8. Victoria says:

    I love this and definitely will be giving it a try!!

  9. Katie says:

    Love this! We have several left over pallets in our garage from a basement remodel project where we did the ceiling and an accent wall with pallets! We will have to give this a try as soon as the ground thaws here in MI!!

  10. […] have been thinking a lot about our family garden this week. Every year we sit down with our kids and decide what things we want to plant. I love to […]

  11. Nathan says:

    Does it matter what pallets are used since there is weed control fabric?

    I am afraid of planting because of the chemicals used in pallets but I think the fabric will prevent the chemicals from seeping into the soil.

  12. Debbie G says:

    Love this project. Thanks for sharing!

  13. REndiggy says:

    Might want to leave the bottom open and cultivate the ground soil instead of lining the box completely. Leaving the bottom open allows your plants to have better root penetration. Deeper roots = bigger plants = more tomatoes!!!! ….errr… or whatever you may be growing. 🙂

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