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OMG thank you and I promise not to tell DH where I got the idea when I send him to get pallets this evening. Most of my small backyard is veggies with little room for flowers that I dearly miss. I was going to put window boxes on the privacy fence that surrounds it but this is a much better and cheaper idea.
You're welcome. You'll have to let me know what you think, if/when you put one together. I don't have immediate plans for one, but I sure like it. I'm wondering if that would be a reasonable planter for strawberries. (???) What do you think?
I bet they would be great for strawberries- I'm already thinking-----but I don't think I would want to attach it to my cedar fence. I'm afraid there could be problems with constant moisture behind it. Maybe I would prop it at an angle against the fence- I can see it already!
You're right on time, here! I'm chomping at the bit to put in my first raised bed, only I don't want the soil directly against my newly installed cedar fence. Any suggestions for a barrier between the soil and the fence would be appreciated!
I've got my 25 bare rooted strawberry plants waiting to be planted. I was gonna use a bucket, but I'm rethinking it since you mentioned it for strawberries! Certainly would look better (stained, of course) in the yard with the new fence!
Linda, your yard is looking really nice-the new fence is great! About the pallets, I was also thinking of staining them. Haven't given it much time yet, but maybe putting hinges and 2x2's so it could angle to the fence on top, and the bottom would be maybe a foot away- is that clear as mud? I would probably use landscape fabric on the back of the pallet, and maybe thin plywood behind it to prevent sagging- really don't know yet. Some evening I'll make sketchs to see how it looks-
How do you keep the soil in your raised beds away from your fence? Or did you construct them with 4 sides? I'm going with raised paver stones to match the flowerbed in the picture above. The beds will be built against the fence, but I need something on the back side, between the fence and the raised bed soil...don't wanna have we soil against the fence!
Linda, your fence looks so nice and fresh, it would definitely be a shame to put something against it that would damage it. l agree that angling a wood pallet toward the fence, might be a good method. Then I thought, I wonder if it would work to angle two wood pallets in a sort of teepee against each other? Of course that takes more real estate, but the thought occurred to me anyway, so I figured I would share it.
With the strange weather we've had and extreme range in temps I would think anytime would be as good as another. I don't grow strawberries because they like a lower PH then we have here but I have grown them in the past. At this point everything is kind of an experiment. Lol. Still have 1 mystery tomato plant with 2 fruit set. I really want the fruit to get ripe so it won't be a mystery anymore. Lol suposed to get really cold this week but I'm going to do my best to keep that one plant going.
1lisac, glad to see your post. Now I know another reason my strawberries didn't do well last time (pH).
I really appreciate your saying "one time's about as good as another," lol. I've been feeling that way myself!
I have an entire garden box full of tomatoes that I planted in September as pups. They are now over my head and loaded with fruit. At least the cherries and a couple Roma types have been ready to pick this week, and I'm hoping to get a few more. I need to check the weather and get some blankets out there though, I guess.
If you read the original article, the author points out that there are certain CODES stamped on the wood of the pallets, that tell you how the wood has been treated or processed in a certain way. The CODES help you determine if the wood is acceptable for use in constructing a vegetable/edible growing vessel.
Also, in the last 2 years (at least), I've been reading here and other places, that the pressure treated lumber now available no longer contains the arsenic and formaldehyde? that once prohibited its use in constructing vegetable/edible growing vessel(s), e.g. raised beds.
How about this for vertical growing? Did it myself (with a neighbor's help) Monday evening. Only one trip to the ER for the thumb I banged with the hammer. Not expensive for office visit co-pay and the three X-rays to see if it was broken. Just looks ugly. And, I'll be able to bend it before I have to play for Holy Week services...
But, the tomatoes are happy!
And, once I construct the remaining RBs, and switch the tomatoes, I can use the fram as a bean trellis.