12 Jul, 2016 11:19
Create a Vertical garden – This is the perfect solution for gardeners who are short on time or space!
Vertical gardens require little or no weeding (ideal for the lazier gardeners amongst us) and don’t need the same levels of irrigation that in-ground plots do. They are ideal to make blank walls of uninspired areas of your garden more aesthetically pleasing.
You can use pretty much any plant although non-climbing plants and ones with shallow roots will function the best. We advise you place plants that like moist soil at the bottom as water will collect there and plants that don’t need huge amounts of water at the top.
You will need, a wooden pallet, a roll of landscape fabric, staple gun and staples, 3 large bags of potting soil and a variety of plants and herbs.
Cut three strips of landscaping fabric, two to fit the pallet horizontally as the bottom layers and one to span it vertically to reinforce it. Lay the pallet on the ground with the front touching the ground and wrap the fabric round the back, sides and bottom (always cut more than you think you need). Pull the fabric tight and staple together and to the crate. Turn the pallet over and fill nearly to the brim with potting soil. Use your hands to form trenches in the soil and work plants into each trench.
Ideally you should leave the pallet flat for a week in order to give the plants time to take root, however if you don’t have that amount of time you can gently lift it and lean it at an angle to prevent the soil from spilling out.
As the pallet will be heavy once packed with soil, to avoid we suggest asking a friend to help you lift it!
Link to ‘how to’ video
Create an outside bar – For those warm relaxing summer nights in your garden (rare as they are in the UK) this combats the issue of trying to cram all your drinks on one small outdoor table, or worse, trying to precariously balance them on the grass!
You can be as creative as you want, and there are tons of image ideas online if you google ‘pallet bars’ but for a very simple design simply place the crate on its side and nail a piece of plywood or similar to the top. We have seen some bars where concrete slabs have been used to create the bar top, these should be heavy enough to just be placed on the top without the need to affix them.
We would suggest either painting or sanding and waxing/varnishing the pallet first to make it more aesthetically pleasing and finishing it off with oil, wax, or a polyurethane/deck sealer to add durability and weather-proofing. Use something for the bar top that either matches or the colour or that creates an attractive contrast.
One of our favourite ideas is painting the pallet a pale/pastel colour and then nailing a piece of wood to it that has been sanded down and waxed. You can also create an inside bar the same way.
Create a table – A very simple yet effective use for a crate!
For this idea two crates works better than one as the table really needs to be coffee table height. You can use it for an indoor or outdoor table.
Simply stack the pallets, one on top of the other and nail together. You can then paint or wax/varnish them to suit, adding a glass top can be a nice touch. If the table is going to be outdoors ensure you finish it with wax/oil or a polyurethane/deck sealer to ensure it is water proof.
There are so many more ideas on how to reuse your pallet on line, from very easy to extremely complicated! This is one of our favourite articles
We hope this article has inspired you to do something with your pallet other than throw it away.