Building a wooden raised garden bed can cost some $ and takes time and tools. Here is an almost free, really fast and easy way to make a wooden garden bed.
What you will need:
- garden fabric (or plastic bag, newspaper, cardboard)
Find a pallet. Free wood!! These are easy to find outside most any stores. I have found grocery stores to be the best. Now the hard part may be getting this home…be creative 🙂
Once the pallet is home, take it to where you want your garden bed to be. Now if the slats are close together you may not need garden paper if you don’t mind a little dirt spilling through. I used garden fabric under mind, because I had some. Use this is you do not want the soil to fall though the slats. (You could also put cardboard or newspaper under it. This will start to decompose after a little while but that will just add to the soil).
Lay whatever you are going to use down in the area you want your garden. Then set the pallet slat side down on top. The back of the pallet facing up should not have the slats but 4 open spaces. Now, two sides of the pallet are open. I stapled ( using a regular office stapler) the garden fabric up from the piece I had laid the pallet on. Wrapping the sides up sort of like wrapping a gift. I imaging you could staple plastic bags across the ends or a piece of wood to close the ends. You could even leave it open. Some soil may fall out, but I left my lettuce pallet garden laying down and one end is open and it seems to be doing just fine.
Then fill each section with soil and plant your plant. We planted squash. The starts were given to us from our neighbor. You would be surprised who has free plant starts they are thinning out and will be very happy to hand off to you. The plant will grow in the pallet bed and the vines and leaves will spread out over the ground.
You can plant anything!!