The Pallet – an extremely versatile raw material

The Pallet – an extremely versatile end product re-purposed as a raw material.  I am sure most of you have encountered the emergence of pallet uses on the social media circuits.  The ideas are numerous and range from simple to extremely creative.  There are more pallet DIY listing than you could even think about tackling.  You can start simple – the pallet garden is very popular and easy as is the pallet wine rack.  Cyndie and I just made two wine racks/shelves this afternoon from one pallet cut in half and an 6′ 2×4.

A few weeks ago I put together the pallet garden.  I went a slightly different route; I didn’t use the weed guard fabric for pockets.  I choose to, instead, use inexpensive plastic containers to hold the potting soil.  They were under $2 ea. and fastened to the pallet nicely with a short screw.  I drilled several holes in the bottom of the containers and added an a layer of pea gravel for drainage.  These containers did require some additional support once the soil was in place.  It wasn’t anything that a few more holes in the containers and some wire couldn’t remedy.  You can lean these pallet gardens against something or even lay them flat for that matter.  Most of the examples I have seen involve them mostly vertical; the idea being vertical gardening to save space.  I pounded two metal fence posts into the ground and wired the pallet to it for stability.

We planted herbs initially, but they didn’t seem to thrive for some reason or other – it was likely the location.  We removed the herbs and planted flowers instead.  We like it.  It is a welcome variant to the hanging flower basket – everyone has those :-).

A simple Google search for Pallet RePurpose Ideas will give you plenty of ideas.  Pallet RePurpose Ideas via Pinterest is another great source for ideas.  We are seriously considering getting enough pallets together to create some patio furniture.  The more I see and even do in regards to repurpose, recycle, reuse, reclaim and restored the more I want to keep going with these notions.  We consume and discard way too much on a daily basis – mostly under the guise of convenience.  That IS NOT progress by any means or measure.

Another emerging notion that we have been following and practicing [to a degree] is Grow Food, Not Lawns.  I’ve never been one to admire an expansive green weed-free lawn.  I have never understood how anyone would want to put that kind of time, energy and cash into a lawn.  A garden, now that is a different story – be it flower or vegetable – makes more sense to me.   Think about it, try it – your may enjoy it.


4 Replies to “The Pallet – an extremely versatile raw material”

  1. I have wanted to make some pallet gardens for ages! As soon as the rain stops I’m going to give it a go…I saw a fantastic segment on a gardening show about turning them into a patio table, simply by staggering about four on top of each other. They put drawers into it and everything!

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