At McIntosh Box and Pallet, we are always on the cutting edge of every trend (no pun intended). Recently, there has been this craze around raised garden beds. These are pop-up gardens that people can develop right in their own backyard! Whether you are growing fruits and veggies for the family or beautiful flowers to keep up with the Jones’s, raised garden beds are your answer!Now you may be wondering, “How is McIntosh involved in all of this?” Well, these raised garden beds can be constructed out of pallet collars, something McIntosh recently acquired. These pallet collars are made out of 4 pieces of wood, connected by steel hinges that allow for the frame to collapse. This frame is meant to fit around a 48×32 pallet in order to create a protective frame around the pallet. Well, this wooden frame also yields the perfect outline for a raised garden bed.
What type of business would we be if we didn’t tell you how to build these awesome garden beds? Below we have listed the benefits that come with constructing these raised garden beds and the steps necessary to create your very own, state of the art raised pallet garden. Good luck!
- Where Should It Go? : It is important to find the right home for this fancy new garden. You don’t have to worry about the dimensions because the pallet collars give you a predetermined measurement.
- Edge The Outline: These gardens work best when they are set up on Mother Nature’s floor instead of on the concrete. In the grass, outline where the garden will go in order to give the garden solid structure.
- Break Up That Soil: Loosening up the soil will allow for the roots of whatever you’re growing to go even deeper into the soil in order to get the nutrients necessary for growth.
- Lie Down and Stack: Make sure you give the plants at least 6 inches to work with. With the collars you have the ability to stack the garden to whatever height in order to make gardening that much easier.
- Eliminate Weeds: No one likes when weeds ruin their garden. To avoid this issue lay down dampened newspaper or landscape fabric to eliminate weeds. This weed-preventing base also allows for the earthworms to continue permeate the soil.
- To ensure limited wood rotting, staple plastic to the inside of the wood frame.
- Ready, Set… GROW! : Lay down nutrient rich soil and compost; this creates a proper place for growth. With the hard work out of the way, it’s time to let those plants grow. Let your hard work speak for itself!
- Quick side note: If you are using potted flowers, make sure to break up the soil in order for the roots to spread deep into the soil.
Benefits of Raised Bed Gardens:
- Using recycled pallet collars reduces the time and effort of physical construction while also saving you money at the same time.
- The pallets can be stacked to any desired height. This will help those who love to garden but struggle with the physical demand gardening puts on your body.
- Makes for easier access to the crops
- Allows for you to start a fresh garden with high quality soil for plants to grow.
- The gardens protect your plants from pests
- Because the beds allow for elevated growth, this allows for the plant’s roots to grow deeper into the rich soil, giving them the nutrients they need.
- Raised pallet gardens have an efficient drainage system for the plants, but this also causes for the plants to dry out quickly, which means you need to keep up on your watering.
- If you set them up in such a way, they can turn your boring backyard into a backyard the Jones’s wished they had!
In the summer, everyone gets a green thumb. Elevate your gardening game with these raised garden beds (once again, no pun intended). Setting up these beds initially gives you a small space to work with. Once you step your game up, you can expand and expand until your garden is the talk about town, instead of how badly your house needs a new paint job. And McIntosh can provide you with the tools necessary to become that person everyone aspires to be.