• Kim

Reclaim, Recycle, Renew - Wooden Pallet Planters

Updated: May 31, 2020

After one pallet too many, my garden started to resemble a timber yard! The dreaded C word and lockdown has given me a little bit of time to sort the garden, so after much contemplation (and time spent on Pinterest) I'm on pallet project overload!

I've been wanting to grow some micro greens for a while. I'm always trying to take steps to be more sustainable; both in business and life. The current situation has definitely highlighted that access to food cannot be taken for granted. So with that in mind, I decided that for my first little project I would make a DIY pallet planter.

DISCLAIMER: I have not yet developed the perfect way of dismantling pallets. My approach is rather rudimentary (I used a crowbar.) I have heard that a small car jack works well, but I've yet to try that method. Using a crowbar can split the wood, so if you're looking to utilise the whole length of the planks, it certainly isn't the best method!

Top Tip - If you don't have access to power tools, you could use a strong wood adhesive and some clamps to secure your wood.

Step 1 - Once you've dismantled your pallets, sand down the planks you wish to use. I used a belt sander but if you don't have one, with a little bit more time and effort you can sand by hand. I recommend using 60 grit sandpaper. If you would like them less rustic and more smooth, you could buffer them afterwards; using 80 or 120 grit sandpaper.

Step 2 - Once you've decided how big you would like your planter to be, measure and cut out your base and side pieces. I made the base 475mm and the sides 505mm (to accommodate for the thickness of the wood for the ends of the planter).

Step 3 - Measure and cut the ends of your planter. I made mine 90mm ( the width of the base) but double check your measurements as size can vary.

Step 4 - On your side pieces, mark out and drill two holes (20mm from the outside edges)

Step 5 - Using 30mm screws, screw your side piece to your end piece to form an L shape.

Step 6 - Repeat this step with your other end and side piece so you have two L shapes.

Step 7 - Screw both L shapes together to form a rectangle.

Step 8 - After slotting in your base, measure the halfway point on each side of your planter, drill and screw to secure.

Step 9 - A wooden box may need drainage holes dependent upon its porosity. Once your planter is complete, you could add a liner which will protect the wood and can insulate the soil; for protection against extreme temperatures. You could also paint or stain your planters for weather resistance.

Step 10 - Fill your planter with compost and follow the instructions for the seeds you would like to plant.

I started to grow some purple broccoli, using toilet roll planters I made for a previous blog. Follow the link on the community page if you would like to know how to make these. They are perfect for popping seedlings into soil. When saturated, the cardboard will naturally decompose.

Water your seeds/plants and find a suitable spot for them to get an adequate amount of sunshine.

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