Things You'll Need
- 5 Pallets
- 2 2-by-2-by-72-inch stakes
- 1 bag wire ties
- 6 1-by-1-by-18-inch stakes
- Garden netting
- Staple gun
Wooden pallets are a free or cheap resource for people to use for many projects around the home and farm. Pallets are often given away by warehouses and businesses that do not have a use for them. Farms need rustic structures for composting, housing animals and growing vegetables. Pallets are readily available material. With a bit of creativity and planning, many functional farm projects can be made out of pallets including a compost bin and vegetable trellis.
How to Make a Compost Bin
Position three pallets upright to form a three-sided box in a spot you have selected for the compost bin.
Slide a wire tie through the corners at the top, middle and bottom of the pallets to fasten them together. Pull the wire tie tight.
Slide stakes through the center of the side pallets of the compost bin. Position them at the front edges of the sides. Drive the stakes into the ground so they are flush with the top edge of the side pallets.
How to make an A-Frame Vegetable Trellis
Select a plot in the garden for vegetables such as squash or pumpkin that can grow on an A-frame trellis.
Place two pallet across the plot to form a 45-degree angle with the two pallets that resembles an A-frame.
Slide wire ties through the pallets at the top joint. Space the ties 6 inches apart along the joint. Pull the ties tight.
Drive three 1-by-1-by-18-inch stakes through the bottom opening on each of the pallets of the A-frame to secure the frame in place. Position one on each end and one in the center.
Roll garden netting over the frame. Staple it in place. Cut off the extra netting. This will allow the vegetables to grow up the trellis.
Other ideas for pallets include fencing, vertical trellises or use the boards for projects/repairs around the farm.
Wear eye protection when working with wood.
Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.