We are looking to build some raised vegetable beds as well as adding some colour. Our soil, in the outer north west of Melbourne surburbia is totally devoid of vegetable material and struggles to grow thistle.
So we have been inventing raised garden beds using some left over pallets Were looking to use the square foot gardening approach to our new beds.
Examples we found on the web include these from Brisbane
These are very neat and clean – our pallets arnt that good
Our approach was to wrap the pallets with weedmesh rather than creating the bags of soil as shown in the above photos.
We laid down two small pallets with solid ply tops then two larger and then two smaller pallets. Each of the top two pallet sets were wrapped together and filled with soil. We also added a weeping soaker hose to the pallets so we could irrigate the pallets.
Behind the pallets (to the south) we are building our compost heap – once we get three pallet stacks we will have a three bay compost heap
We plan to punch holes into the front faces of the pallets and grow herbs
It just takes a hell of a lot of soil (which we have had to seive to get rid of rocks) to fill these
We’ll post more after we have planted.