Tuesday, March 3

Pallet Planters & Raised Beds

While working with The Good & the Beautiful Botany, we decided to purchase an AeroGarden light system to get a jump start on this year's seeds.  Then we were inspired to make something unique and beautiful for our outdoor garden, too!  

Herb Planter Tutorial
Start with your basic wooden pallet.  Using a crowbar, rip out all of the vertical slats except the two outsides and the center slat.  Paint your color of choice, if desired.
I'm sure there are cheaper ways to make the planters, but this was MUCH easier.  We found a bag of reusable shopping bags at a garage sale for a dollar.  There were fifteen bags in there, and they were perfect for our "pots."  Cut the handles off the bags.  I think the time saved on making all of those little planters was entirely worth a dollar!

If you're going to go this route, make sure that water runs through them (they're not coated with a water-resistant layer), or your plants will mold and rot.  

Fold the bags on themselves until you have a baggie that fits so that it just hangs below the wooden horizontal slat.  Using a staple gun, secure the bag to the pallet.  Just staple, staple, staple away!
If desired, paint the name of which herbs will be in those planters.  Since we are using this as a teaching tool, and we want the children to be confident about which herbs they are using in the kitchen, we opted to label our planters.

Fill the bag planters with a combination of soil and peat moss, since that makes a good base.  Plant your seeds or (in our case) transplant them from your seed starters.
Easy Raised Bed
We used another one of those pallets and a leftover plastic bin to create another raised bed...this one with onions and radishes.  Remember when using raised beds that they need to be watered more frequently, since the roots won't reach into the ground water!

This one is incredibly simple.  Stand up four cement blocks.  Lay the pallet across them, as pictured.  Place the plastic bin (cut in half) on top, fill it with soil, and plant!  We used old IBC Totes for the plastic bins.

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  1. I really like the Herb garden - what a great idea! I have been thinking about how to have a vegetable garden this year. Need to do some research.

    1. It turned out better than expected, and the herbs were hardier, too!

  2. This is such a neat way to have plants. Definitely sharing with my daughter as she wants to plant more this year!

    1. Yay! I love finding new ideas that incorporate form and function. If she has any good ones, have her pass them this way. :)


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