If you’re anything like me then you’re trying to grow vegetables in a small space either in your garden, on your patio, or in a cold frame. etc. I also try to do things as cheaply as possible. a) because I’m married and my wife loves shiny things and b) I’m tight as fuck.
Also if you’re like me you love trying to grow said vegetables but don’t really know what you’re doing, or when you should be doing it. Winter for instance, what do you do in winter? I decided to grow garlic and onions because I had no clue what else to do and nothing else seems interested in growing over this time.
These took 30 mins to plant which left me looking for something else remotely veg related to do as winter seems to last for half the year now (it’s snowing again as I type).
I decided to upgrade my planters from the plastic shit I had to some nice wooden ones, these however cost 40 quid from the garden centre, who can get bent if they think I’m paying that sort of money. I only have a very small veg patch and planters are a must, plus I’d been getting grief that the plastic planters looked worn from the wife.
The answer was cluttering up my lean to, earlier in the year I had cause to make a canon (long story, involved me, a Frenchman and a pig's head) and subsequently had a pallet left over, plus my Dad thought boxes of screws counted as Christmas presents so I had a plentiful amount of those.
|Forget the canon, veg patch is in the background, see? Tiny.|
As a point of note I would build up to making a canon if I were you, maybe try after you’ve made the planting troughs? It took me ages to get the lawn to look like that, I’m looking out the window now at the state of the grass this winter and it’s fucked, pure and simple, the fat headed dog has ploughed my lawn and shat everywhere.
Much fun can be had sourcing pallets, often the worse they look the better they are. Work has loads so I’m lucky, for those of you who have no clue where to find them just keep your eyes open! I guarantee everywhere you go from now on you will see pallets and develop a love affair with skips (they can often hold rich pickings within). A prime location is garden centres, a quiet word with a member of staff should provide you with a glorious wooden treat.
I digress, much swearing and only a little personal injury later I had broken the pallet down and now had planks of timber to build with. This did feel quite manly I won’t lie. Now I was going to leave it at this but I won’t. You need to be some sort of ninja to break a pallet down, but it does get easier with practise. I recommend a hammer and a crow bar, you’ll work the rest out.
My first attempt wasn’t the best, It took me about 3 hours as I basically made it up as I went along, had no design, a dodgy back and a very small space in which to build it. Eventually though I made the sucker shown below.
Now on reflection it looks a bit shit but it cost nothing to make except for time. I had some wood stain left over and painted the thing and it looked ok.
This inspired me to make more, this and the wife who then wanted all the plastic planters gone.
I couldn’t be arsed to look for more pallets so cheated slightly and spent £15 on wood from Homebase, making sure it was pre-treated and not liable to rot.
I must admit the others turned out better than the first, but then that is often the way with these things.
Two months on and I’ve now even managed to build furniture that’s allowed in the house and everything, so I implore you not to spend money at Homebase like my lazy self of two months ago. Expect some future posts on pallets and how to make useful shit out of them.
PALLETS ARE THE FUTURE.
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