How to Build a Raised Bed on a Pallet

Almost any pallet can be modified to create a raised bed on a pallet. This is a pretty quick way to build a raised bed on a pallet.

If you keep your eyes peeled when driving around the neighbourhood you will sometimes see unique pallets that have been specifically created for uncommon jobs and transportation of odd shaped objects. I lucked out and found this one behind a store.

These are usually not reusable for further shipping and quite often considered garbage by the receiving business. If you can get your hands on one of these, then your’re off to the races. Try to locate a smaller size pallet that has sides already built on to it like the one in the image below. If you can find one of those then you’re more than half way to your raised bed already.

Raised Bed on a Pallet 1 April 2014

Supplies Needed

The steps are simple and the required supplies are minimal:

  • your awesome unique pallet
  • blocks or bricks to level the pallet (if necessary)
  • gloves
  • landscape fabric
  • 1/4″ metal mesh
  • staple gun
  • scissors

1. Choose the location that you will want your raised bed, place the pallet there and level it before lining it with landscape fabric and filling it with soil. It’ll be too heavy to move once it’s full.

2. Cut the metal mesh to fit as closely as possible to the inside of the bed. Staple it down securely in several spots and really well around the top edge. Fold in sharp edges with pliers.

3. Cut sheets of landscape fabric and place it over top of the wire mesh right in to the corners. It doesn’t need to be flat and perfect but it does need to have complete coverage with no holes or gaps in it at all.

Raised Bed on a Pallet 2 April 2014

If the landscape fabric is thin (rated 5 year or less) then use two or three layers of it over the metal mesh. 12 year (or more) fabric you’ll only need one layer.

Then poke a few holes in it with a small screwdriver so that the water can escape in a few additional areas. Don’t make the holes large enough for the soil to escape.

Fill your new raised bed with garden soil. Choose good healthy soil enriched with manure, this will help your veggies be as healthy as possible. Fill it leaving just about 2″ of space up to the top edge.

Raised Bed on a Pallet

Spread the Seeds

I recommend carrots because they’re easy. Sprinkle the carrot seeds over the soil using a seeder to prevent overseeding. It makes spreading the tiny carrot seeds easier and more consistent. It’s really easy to over plant a container of carrot seeds because they cannot easily be seen once they hit the soil.

Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil about ½” thick and then pat it down to hold the seeds. Water them gently and you’re done.Raised Bed on a Pallet

One cool idea is to secure poles or small posts to the side of the bed and then it’s perfect for stringing up some bird netting in between to create a pea or bean trellis. 

Recap the steps:

Step 1: Line the raised bed with metal mesh and staple it down securely
Step 2: Line the raised bed with layers of landscape fabric and staple it down securely
Step 3: Poke a few holes in the bottom for additional water drainage
Step 4: Fill with garden soil
Step 5: Plant desired seeds, in this case it’s carrots
Step 6: Cover the soil with something to stop the cats from digging in your beautiful new garden
Step 7: Wait and wait some more. There’s 2 months until carrots are ready

Please leave a comment if you need more details or help with building your own raised bed on a pallet.

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