Making your vegetable garden with pallets is both a source of pride and a money saver. Thus, create your custom-made planter that will adapt perfectly to your exterior.

This is a tutorial for making a vegetable garden on foot, but there are also vegetable gardens in height, without being on foot. Thus, the children will be able to participate. If you are not a great handyman, it is quite possible to get some on Concept-Factory ! In addition, you will only have to fill it with soil and plant your small seeds.

© Concept-Factory

Equipment :

  • 3 large pallets
  • wood screws
  • Of the colorless exterior wood stain (or linseed oil)
  • 1 geotextile tarp
  • Clay pebbles (or old broken terracotta pots)
  • potting soil
  • 1 nail puller hammer
  • 1 Chisel
  • 1 crowbar
  • 1 jigsaw
  • 1 sander
  • 1 screwdriver drill
  • 1 brush
  • 1 metre
  • 1 stapler

Steps :

To begin, dismantle the pallets. To do this, remove the blades from the pallet one by one. Help yourself with the chisel by tapping with the hammer then, when the blades have separated a little, introduce the crowbar and remove the blades. Remove each nail from the boards with the head of the hammer.

Once all the blades have been collected, saw them as below using your jigsaw.

For the feet : 4 blades from 80 to 100 cm (provide 8 blades if possible)

For the short sides : 6 blades 45 to 50 cm

The long sides : 6 blades of 120 cm

For background : 1 blade of 120 cm + 10 blades of 45 to 50 cm (depending on the size of your short sides)

For the reinforcements : 3 blades of 120 cm and 2 blades of 50 cm

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Once your blades are ready, drill them so that they screw into the feet. Upstream, assemble the feet together to have strong feet. For this, two solutions are available to you. Fix them one against the other, to create thickness or, arrange them so as to form a right angle.

Now move on to mounting the long sides. Attach each of the slats to the legs, taking care to tighten them tightly to each other and to reach the same height on each side. When the two long sides are ready, sand them with an electric sander or 80-grit sandpaper.

For mounting the two short sides, first place the two long sides face to face. Screw the first series of slats connecting the two sides then repeat the operation on the other side. Also sand.

Pallet vegetable garden assembly
© iStock/Elena

For to reinforce together, screw the other 5 blades on the outside of the lower part of the vegetable garden, between each foot. The last must be between the two blades arranged in the width, in a central way.

Then create the background. Prepare your blades so that they fit the shape of the feet. Drill the lower blades on the sides of your vegetable garden to be able to fix the bottom of your vegetable garden more easily. Another solution is available to you: cut a plank in half widthwise to create two cleatsof equal thickness. Screw them on each of the long sides, inside, on the last plank. This will create a thickness and you can fix the bottom slats on the cleats. Leave a space of 2 to 3 cm between each plank.

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Finally, fill in your vegetable patch. Cut out your geotextile tarp then cover the inside. Once cut, arrange it then staple it so that it can be maintained. Do not cut it to the nearest centimeter, allow a margin. It is best to cut off the excess once the tarp is installed.

Drill the bottom by making a few holes and fill the bottom with clay balls so that the drainage is carried out correctly. Lay out the potting soil to fill the rest of your vegetable garden.

Finally, stain your vegetable garden to protect it from bad weather and the sun!

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