There is nothing like fresh veggies from your own garden. But with working full time and being a mom, I don’t have a huge amount of time to weeds and tend to my garden. So I am always looking for low maintenance garden ideas. The other part about gardening that I find difficult is the preparation before planting. The pallet garden solves both of these for me. It was amazingly easy to set up and get ready to plant and is low maintenance. The slats in the pallets make perfect garden rows and leave little extra room for weeds to grow. Plus, as an added bonus it was super cheap to set up. We recently moved and faced with the task of completely resetting up our garden all over again. Here is how we did it.
1. Check with local hardware or garden stores for free pallets. Some of them send them back to the company but some will give them away free just to get rid of them.
2. Staple weed block fabric to the underside of each pallet. We purchased ours at Ocean State JobLot for $10.00 per roll.
3. Position the pallets where you want your garden to be. Fill the pallets with a mix of dirt and fertilizers. We use composted manure from our horse.
4. Fence around the pallets to keep out predators out. We used some left over fencing from our horse paddock.
Boom! You are ready to plant!
You can also add mulch , straw or hay around the plants when you are done to minimize weed growth.
So we have our raised bed garden for only $10.00.