Who would have thoughts making these humble boxes would have been sooo satisfying. I’m not sure whether it’s the simplicity of the shape, or the contrast of the colours or some other factor I’ve yet to discover. With so many seeds coming on and in need of bigger pots, these pallet boxes turned out to be perfect for the job. Not doubt there will be countless other uses for them as the season roles on too.
I find most of the pallet furniture I’ve made has required a lot of improvisation, and chin rubbing! This one was no different and took some time before it came together properly. I have to say, it’s by far the best piece I’ve done to date. The thought arose when looking at my garden chairs and their X design and that got me finkin!
It’s that time of year.. at least that’s what all my growing books, videos and partner tell me! Getting busy with it, hundreds of seeds going in of all types and variety.. no doubt this will lead to utter carnage later in the year, but hey, life is for living! And we shall learn a lot this year.
In the middle bed here, you can just about make out our beans. They seem happy enough and are the first plants to go in our newly formed veggie beds.
This chunky pallet table and bench set was a lot of fun to make. I took my original inspiration from a the picnic bench in my yard and had originally planned to make something similar. The table took a lot of jiggerypokery to get all the angles right but has ended up a solid piece of furnature that I’m really pleased with. I especially like the dark and light stripes of wood in the table top.
As I started to build the seating, it became clear that they were going to be way too heavy for the table, so aborted that idea and turned them into benches instead. They are a new design for me, made from 2 pallets each.
I’ve not done any real gardening before so this year will be a first attempt at planting en-masse! What can possibly go wrong??! The first beans are coming up nicely, so far so good 🙂
I have 100 or so little lettuce seedlings coming through right now and I’m imagining what this raised pallet planter is going to look like when they’re in full bloom… will save my back too!! Ooooooo 😉
When the brambles get too much and you’re on a budget, a pallet fence is a great solution to protect the allotment..
And when there is no mallet or sledgehammer in sight, one is forced to improvise!
The hardest bit about yoga is getting to the end of mat! At least that’s what they say! Once you’re there, dialing into an hour or so of yoga comes fairly naturally, especially if you’re in a class.. as it’s unlikely you’re going to walk out half way through.
The hardest aspect of making growing beds for me was getting the spade out and breaking the ground for the first time. Chrissie and I had been talking about growing veg in the front garden for a long time and were about to go for a walk, probably to talk about it some more, but this time I impulsively grabbed the spade from it’s box and pushed it into the ground. The rest is history, and needless to say, we never went on a walk that day!
The bulk of the work took about 2 weekends but of course we’ve been pottering since. Below are some pic of our progress turning a lumpy, grassy, neglected front garden into 3 growing beds and a stone path to stay off all the mud. A very rewarding project that’s for sure. The last pic shows me planting our first seeds .. those being broad beans 🙂