How to Make Packing Pallets for Raised Vegetable Garden Beds


Vegetable gardens produce bright growth and blooms in the summer and fall, and can bring in abundant harvests for careful gardeners. All gardens require the right mix of sun, soil and water to produce, though, and also need good air movement and drainage. If you want a garden and can't provide a site with quick, efficient drainage, raise the soil level to keep the plants healthy and safe. Use recycled materials such as packing pallets to cover large areas and provide ready-made raised planting rows.

Things You'll Need

  • Packing pallets
  • Garden loam
  • Organic compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Start the planting process in the early spring, ahead of the last frost, for a wide range of plant choices. Raised gardens eliminate the complication of frozen, frosty soil, and make earlier plantings possible.

  • Set the packing pallets on smooth, even sites with six to eight hours of sun every day and good air movement. If the sites aren't level, rake them to level them out. The pallets will sit more securely on a level surface, and drain more evenly for the vegetables.

  • Mix planting soil for the garden with one part bagged garden loam to one part organic compost. Raised gardens use moisture quickly and require more nutritious, moisture-retentive soil than in-ground gardens.

  • Fill the packing pallets with soil, and pack soil up between the slats and over the top. End with 2 to 3 inches of soil mixture on top of the pallets, with soil throughout all the layers of each pallet. Turn slow-release 10-10-10, 13-13-13 or 14-14-14 fertilizer into the top 4 inches of soil in the open rows between boards. These are your planting rows.

  • Plant small, contained plants in this raised garden to avoid root crowding. Leafy greens such as lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and collards thrive in small areas, as do root crops such as radishes.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • Vegetable Gardening in the Summer

    Selecting which vegetables to grow in your summer garden is a walk in the park with these simple directions.

  • How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

    Planting a vegetable garden outside your back door is a rewarding experience. By cultivating and planting your own garden, you can plant...

  • How to Make Raised Beds From Pallets

    There's no doubt about it. Upcycling is rad, and pallet gardening is all the rage right now. Pallet gardens are cheap, easy...

  • Planting Potatoes in Pallets

    Potatoes are cool-season vegetables you can grow at home with little effort. One of the easiest ways to grow a crop of...

  • How to Make Farm Things Out of Wood Pallets

    Wooden pallets are a free or cheap resource for people to use for many projects around the home and farm. Pallets are...

  • How to Set Up a Planter Box Garden

    When you're faced with very little space for vegetable, herb or flower gardens, you may have wondered how to set up a...

  • DIY Planter Boxes From Pallets

    Building a wooden pallet planter adds a personal touch to your home's exterior without costing too much. You can increase growing space...

  • Pallet Gardening

    Select good-quality wooden pallets that haven't been treated with toxic chemicals for pallet gardening. Plant small, young plants between each pallet's slats.

  • How to Build Raised Planting Beds for Vegetables

    Raised planting beds must be built using the proper directions and techniques in order to preserve their effectiveness. Build raised planting beds...

Related Searches

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!