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Pallet planter

Old pallets are the ideal building blocks for a smart, upcycled raised planter.

Make  a raised garden bed from pallets

You will need:

  • 50mm galvanised nails
  • 100mm galvanised nails
  • Black polythene
  • Bucket
  • Clean water
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Drill with 10mm drill bit
  • Good quality potting mix
  • Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Japanese Maple
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • Saw
  • Staple gun
  • Stiff-bristled brush

Top tip: When positioning your pallet planter, use a spirit level to ensure it’s level.

To get the look: Mark painted the background shed wall with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Mystic.

Handy hints: The black plastic lining will help to contain the potting mix as well as retain moisture, but if you intend to grow drought- tolerant plants, such as succulents, youscould use weed mat instead.

As seen in kiwigardener

Step 1 Step one
Mix one part Resene Moss & Mould Killer to five parts clean water.
Step 2 Step two
Brush the solution onto the wooden pallets and leave for 48 hours.
Step 3 Step three
Mix one part Resene Timber and Deck Wash to three parts clean water.
Step 4 Step four
Scrub the solution onto the wooden pallets and rinse off with clean water. Allow to dry.
Step 5 Step five
Remove central slats of wood from both pallets to enable them to be cut in half easily.
Step 6 Step six
Cut one of the pallets in half, as shown, and smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 7 Step seven
Cut the other pallet in half and then into quarters – discard the sections without wooden supports down each side (the pieces on the right in the picture).
Step 8 Step eight
Stand the four pieces of pallet on a flat surface to form a rectangular ‘box’. hold the pieces into position with 50mm nails.
Step 9 Step nine
Carefully turn the planter onto one side and fix pallets securely together with 100mm nails down each corner. turn over and repeat to fix the other sides together.
Step 10 Step ten
Turn the pallet planter the right way up and measure, mark and cut sections of wood from the discarded pieces of pallet to create bases in the edge sections of the planter, as shown. Fix from the sides with 50mm nails.
Step 11 Step eleven
Drill 10mm drainage holes in these sections.
Step 12 Step twelve
Carefully stir the Resene Woodsman tinted to Resene Japanese Maple.
Step 13 Step thirteen
Apply two coats of Resene Woodsman tinted to Resene Japanese Maple to the entire planter, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 14 Step fourteen
Place the planter into position and measure, mark and cut a piece of black polythene to line the sides. Fix into position with staples.
Step 15 Step fifteen
Fill the main body of the planter and the edge boxes with good- quality potting mix.
Step 16 Step sixteen
Plant up with a selection of herbs and salad vegetables and water well.

Words and photos by Mark Rayner

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