Added by on 2016-09-26

How did the reclaimed pallet wood garden beds hold up? It has been a year since we have put these free raised beds into action and they have done us well so far. Throughout the last year this project has become fairly popular and there have been some common questions that I thought I would try to answer here. Will the pallet wood hold up to moister over the long term? This is a very valid concern and one that I, quite honestly, shared as well. They have only been through one year so far but as far as I can tell they have held up perfectly. I do not see any signs of rotting where the soil has been in contact with the wood and the outside of the wood has aged nicely. Only time will tell the full story here but I would guess we can get about 5 years out of these before we start noticing any issues. Aren’t pallets treated with chemicals that are unsafe for your garden? The wood that we are using from the pallets was all heat treated and this is something you should look for when using it for food production. We also lined the first set of beds with greenhouse plastic since the wood had some oil staining on it we didn’t want in the soil. What soil mix are we using? Last year we decided to try the square foot gardening method with these raised beds. With that came using the Mel’s mix soil mixture that consists of 1/3 compost 1/3 peat and 1/3 vermiculite. This is a very nice soil mix however it can get pretty expensive to fill beds of this size and vermiculite is hard to source locally. We ended up having to order ours online and […]

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13 Comments

  • Bernie 1 year ago

    I spent a lot of money on staining/protecting my pallet slats, but rotted after 1 year.

  • D BROWN 1 year ago

    SSL I used compose from my local dump they have free compose dirt and free wood chips. and I got free pallets to make mine. I also went to home depot and got bags of manure for $1.29 a bag so total cost was $10.50 plus the seeds.✌✌✌

  • 3G Michigan 1 year ago

    That wasn't bark at 5:20. It was a disc brake pad. You really are being too cheap…

  • gracie gordon 1 year ago

    My go to mixture for filling my raised beds is 60% compost and 40% coconut coir. The coconut coir can get expensive when bought in single packs, but if you buy a good portion of it, it can actually be a better deal than peat.

  • Joe Scott 1 year ago

    Pallets are heat treated to kill insects in the wood especially pallets used in the food industry. The pallet industry is very competitive so they use the cheapest wood, cheap nails, etc.I always carry a couple of pails in my truck along with a small shovel. If I see a small pile of soil into a pail it goes. I collect soil from the public forests, river banks, lake shores any where except private lands that I may have a little soil. On our few acres in zone 7 British Columbia I have several piles of soil just waiting for us to build a few more raised beds.  Happy Gardening and God Bless

  • Benja's Uber 1337 Hobby 1 year ago

    I had a question why are your beds only 8×4 feet long? why not do 1 bed 24×4 foot long since you have access to the sides. I know there might be a issue with how much the soil pushes out but can't you reinforce? The reason i ask is have a 16ish foot area im looking to get a raised bed for and would like to have it 16×4 instead of 8×4 and 6×4 Thanks for your time love the videos :)

  • M.James Boa 1 year ago

    Cardboard under ur raised beds will attract worms as the worms eat the cardboard. Also the plants roots would go right through the cardboard if they did go that deep.

  • Rick Bauer 1 year ago

    great video but green and white gloves do not qualify as MSU gear seen in most of your videos. :-)

  • Dana Simmons 1 year ago

    So…when can we expect the new video with what you come up with for filling your beds with good soil on a budget?  Anxiously awaiting! 🙂  Building my beds now!

  • wiseandfunfox 1 year ago

    Does pallet wood leach off chemicals like treated lumber over time?

  • Mark Thieme 1 year ago

    have you tried composting in them ? then you can compost one year next start to plant?

  • Gardening Tips With Phil 1 year ago

    That is a good challenge, filling up your garden beds for $10 or less. Yes the Mel's mix is really expensive. I use the SQG method too but just use regular soil mixed with compost, chicken manure and worm castings.

  • yack f zay 1 year ago

    Compost now a day is different from back then. Not sure but in the late 80 to the 90s there weren't bark and wood chip. They were dirt vermiculite that I notice. It may depend on brand. It take a whole year for mulch to break down into good compost. Tomato lettuce and leaves from trees take 6 months. I find dirt bought from the store now a days contain more bark and shredded mulch. For indoor use. Outdoor the compost is greater. I like raise bed it hold in moisture and your vegetable's grow faster. Across my community an increase in people using raise bed also people are collecting pallet for multi purpose used. Like buildings a shed. I do agree with you about people throwing cardboard and other none vegetables mater in and cover it up with dirt. Great videos