There’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own fruits and veggies. Have you ever considered using wood pallets in your garden? We bet that you have never thought that these could help you.
So, get a few wood pallets, high-quality soil, and organic seeds. Gardening will soon become your favorite hobby, and we have a few tiny tricks to make it work.
Buy new pallets
“Personally, I suggest using a new, clean, fresh pallet. If you live in the Tacoma area, you can purchase new pallets from Girard Wood Products in Puyallup, Washington for about $9 each. We purchased our pallets here for this year’s wood pallet garden,” explains Mavis Butterflies.
If you still insist on using recycled pallets, here’s what you should do:
“Look for a pallet that has HT stamped somewhere on the pallet. This means the pallet was heat treated, or kiln dried as opposed to chemically treated.
Because you can never be sure that chemicals were stored on an old pallet or that there is some sort of bacteria lurking inside the recycled pallets, I would scrub the wood down with some bleach and soapy water and let it dry out before using it to plant anything.
Also, watch out for old, rusty nails or staples,” explains Mavis.
Raised beds are brilliant
Raised beds provide a longer planting season, and you won’t have to bother with weeds. Use compost and consider close plant spacing to enjoy high yields.
Waist-high raised beds will ease things for elderly and disabled. No more bending! Construct a strong bed, and you can also sit on the edge.
The perfect height
Professional gardeners say that your raised bed shouldn’t be higher than 36”. Bring the bed at about 11”. Use 2 boards of 2” and 6”. If you need it low, 6” is the perfect height. In this way the roots will go deeper in the soil, and draw more nutrients.
Use cross-supports if your bed is higher, because the soil will press the sides. Cross-supports are necessary in beds higher than 18” and longer than 6”.
Calculate the perfect depth of the soil, and always use high-quality soil. You will need a higher bed for some crops. Trust us, raised bed gardening is the ultimate anti-stress therapy, plus you’ll spend more time with your family.