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Grow Plants in Wood Pallet Garden Frames

Grow Plants in Wood Pallet Garden Frames
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Making your own wood pallet garden frame is a quick and easy way to create a healthy and organized garden.

Grow plants in wood pallet garden frames
Grow plants in wood pallet garden frames.

Wood pallet garden frames are the latest trend in gardening? If this is something you want to experiment with, they’re the easiest raised garden bed ever and an eco-friendly, time-saving approach to growing flowers or vegetables at home. They cut down on the time spent weeding and make plant identification a breeze. The instant rows created by the pallet slats give weeds no place to grow between rows and are the perfect place to write plant names. Wood pallet garden frames require no assembly, are readily available and are also usually free.

Check your local recycling center for information on where to find wood pallets to use as garden frames. When you locate wood pallets, make sure to choose ones that are in good, sturdy condition and have not been treated with pesticides. NOTE: If you’re unsure whether your pallet has been treated with pesticides, it’s best to only put non-edible plants in them.

Materials to Make Wood Pallet Garden Frames

  • Wood Pallets
  • Garden Soil
  • Seeds or Plants
  • Permanent Marker

Instructions to Make Wood Pallet Garden Frames

  1. Choose a sunny location in which to set up your wood pallet garden frames.
  2. Prepare a garden bed by rototilling, aerating, and working compost into the soil just as you would any garden, but in dimensions to accommodate the wood pallet.
  3. Dig a rough outline of approximately half the depth size of the outside frame of the pallet (approximately 4 inches) and place the wood pallet in the area. This will help to stabilize the pallet. Hammer the edges with a rubber mallet for more stability.
  4. Add enough soil to fill the open rows approximately ¾ way full.
  5. Plant seeds, seedlings or starter plants in the rows that are created by the openings in the wood pallets.
  6. Label the rows by marking on the pallet with a permanent marker or a wooden handmade stake.
  7. Water and care for your wood pallet garden just as you would any other garden — minus much of the weeding — and enjoy a compact, efficient little vegetable patch with much less work.
  8. When it’s time to rotate your garden at the end of the growing season, just lift the pallet from the ground and store away or move to next year’s location.

Have you ever used wood pallet garden frames? If so, we want to see them! Upload a photo to the garden category at:

Also check out these other fun and easy gardening projects:
How to Grow Greens in a Bag of Potting Soil
How to Make Hanging Moss Ball Planters
How to Make a Cinder Block Garden Bed

Shelley Wigglesworth


Shelley Wigglesworth


Shelley (Fleming) Wigglesworth is an award-winning freelance journalist from Maine specializing in maritime topics and the commercial fishing industry. She is also a certified Maine Master Gardener who writes gardening articles on a regular basis for Yankee Magazine. Her work can be found in the following publications: The York County Coast Star, Portsmouth Herald, Bangor Daily News, Yankee Magazine (online), National Fisherman Magazine, Commercial Fisheries News, Tourist News, Points East Magazine, Coastal Angler and The Maine Lobstermen's Association’s “Landings.” Follow Shelley on Facebook.
Updated Monday, June 25th, 2012

3 Responses to Grow Plants in Wood Pallet Garden Frames

  1. Wooden Pallets April 24, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    Wooden pallets are used for many purposes in industries . We use it for home decorations also. Use of the wooden pallets to make garden frames are so nice and a good idea!

  2. Melanie Murphy March 20, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Some pallets are made of pressure treated wood. Please be sure to warn people that pressure treated wood contains chromated copper arsenate (known as CCA) which is highly toxic. It is possible that these chemicals can seep into soil and taken up by food plants (vegetables) during watering and rain. It is also highly toxic to fish and should be kept away from water with fish (fish ponds) etc. Caring for people and the environment. Melanie :-)

    • steve May 9, 2015 at 8:22 am #

      Melanie is partially right, look on the side if the pallets, there will be a stamp if you see HT its heat treated wood and OK, if you see MB its treated with a pesticide, do not use. Also stay away from pallets marked CH as they are made in China. US or CA are OK. Avoid painted pallets, since you don’t know the toxicity of the paint used. Paint them yourself with latex paint if you want.

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