I made garden beds out of pallets!!! Please forgive the state of my grass in these pictures, it suffered on account of my aggressive stomping and digging. You need: pallets, nails, hammer, cardboard, soil, patience, and strength.
I drove around and found pallets in parking lots of local businesses. Like a good non-stealing citizen, I asked for permission to take the pallets. My husband was proud! I ended up with a fairly large stack of pallets. I took a crow bar, hammer and sledge hammer to take the pallets apart; it was a pain in the ass. Really, my ass was cramping something fierce at the end of this project. It took a toll on me mentally and physically. I had to be gentle enough not to split the wood, yet strong enough to pry the nails off. I couldn’t win. That wood be trifling, son.
It took me a ridiculously long time to sort through the wood, find good pieces and nail those suckers into rectangles. Seriously, I regret not purchasing wood from Home Depot. The internet made it seem so easy to take pallets apart! The internet lied to me.
Anyways, I laid out the rectangles on a sunny area in my yard. Then I laid out cardboard inside the garden beds to keep grass and weeds from growing in it.
A few days later, Mom and I had another epic gardening day! We went to Superstore and got many bags of soil (12-15!) to fill up the garden beds.
Check out the close up shots of the wood. Definitely not the highest quality, but it does the trick! I would give the project a rating of ‘pain in the ass’ difficult. Although it should have been an easy project about nailing wood into rectangles, I lacked the physical strength to disassemble the pallets in a timely manner. In terms of cost, it was dirt cheap! I paid like $5 for nails. In terms of feelings, yes my feelings were hurt throughout, but I am proud I didn’t quit and I look forward to eating those veggies! Plus, I worked out my hips and glutes, which really helped my running!