Updated: May 3, 2022
Our pallet garden is in its second stage of repurposing. What started as an inexpensive journey creating pallet garden beds has evolved into equally inexpensive raised garden beds. Yep, we are continuing our philosophy of reclaiming as much as possible to create our own Eden.
In 2020, I begged as many good folks as possible for old pallets to create our garden. Today, we have begun our next steps to raise the bar . . . or beds.
Last summer, I helped a buddy pull off all the siding from a rental and was able to keep as much as possible to use around the farm. The 1”X10” cedar has been used to side one of our coops and now to start our raised beds.
We also called upon Amazon Prime to bring in some needed ¼”x ¼” in Hardware Cloth in a 4’x100’ 23 GA roll. We figured that since we built a fortress around the garden, we might as well build one under our garden as well.
Last year, we had some of those little voles find their way into a couple of beds. Not this year! To keep the hardware cloth in place, I quickly stapled it with my combo DeWALT air compressor and Craftsman stapler. This tool was a lifesaver when I was putting up 160-plus-feet of chicken wire last year. Just stretch and shoot.
We will be putting layers of last year’s maple leaves and used straw from the chicken and goose coops in the bottom of each bed before we begin building up our lush dirt.
This was another fun job to include not only our family but also some extended family: Melanie, my sweet mother-in-law.
We will check in soon to share our progress as we get closer to planting our starts from the house to the new raised garden beds.