Bless my husband. He’s a real mans man. The type that’s too proud to call for help, the ‘I’ll do it myself’ type of guy.
He’s a horticulturist and landscaper by trade and when required can be a plumber, electrician, a carpenter, a real jack of all trades.
When I told my husband that I sowed too many tomato seeds (36 popped up!) he said that it was ok, and he’d build me more garden beds. Isn’t he just the best?!
I reminded him about our savings, or lack of and he said it’d be ok he’ll build it for free. Bless him! We didn’t have any bricks left like the second garden bed he made. This one would be made from pallets.
Pallets are a fabulous way of recycling wood, are commonly free (just ask your local landscaping supply shop, nursery or even greengrocer)
All pallets, by law, are required to have stamps. Most are heat treated however some are chemically treated making them unsuitable for growing fruit and vegetables. Be sure to look for the HT stamp, confirming the pallets are indeed Heat Treated.
The husband made one, and I ooh’d and aahh’d at how crafty he was.
This motivated him to make a second.
Then a third.
And next thing we know, there are four planter boxes!
All in a few hours work, and free!
To ensure they last throughout the years, a couple of coats of pure Linseed Oil were applied, both sealing them and bring out the beautiful natural colours of the wood.
My husband’s motto is ‘Happy Wife, Happy Life’ and sure enough it thrills me to see these complete. I’ve been marvelling his handiness every time I go to the backyard.
I better sow some more tomato seeds!
Hahaha Lisa! I’ll never forget the socks and thongs! My hubby can’t work without his thongs too! (minus the socks) Typical wog hey! But your planter boxes have inspired me too as I ended up with uncountable tomato seedlings too! And after I complained about no chilli growing this year (for my sumki harra) , well up they sprang! So now we’re going ‘a-huntin’ for pallets! Thanks for the nudge! God bless you both!
Haha Lina, glad to hear he’s not the only one!! Thanks so much for your lovely words, glad to hear your chilli plants have finally grown, hope they thrive and give you a bumper harvest 🙂
Oh wow they look great! What a clever husband you have.
Thanks so much Claire!
Thanks so much Claire!
The pallet garden beds are fantastic! I’m so envious. The socks and thongs? Uhh.. errr… not so much. LOL
Thanks Maureen! Apparently it’s very comfortable. I wouldn’t know 😉
Aww, lovely clever hubby! Bless his cotton socks (plus thongs, lol). Looking forward to seeing future In My Garden posts once these planters are filled and seedlings sprouting 😉
Thanks Danielle, I can’t wait to fill them, plant them and watch them grow! Watch this space 🙂
What a guy! Love those beds .. Great info on the pallets Miss!
I know Julie, he’s a keeper 😉
These look great, Lisa, and he built them all in a few hours! It would be a week-long project if I were tackling it and there might very well be a trip to hospital somewhere in the middle. I guess you could say I’m not very handy. Now, if you plant all 36 tomato plants, what are you going to do with all of those tomatoes? I can’t wait for your growing season to unfold so that I’ll find out. 🙂
oh John! We don’t want that to happen 😉 I have SO many tomato recipes and things I want to try. I just need them to fruit first!!
I never knew that’s what the codes on pallets meant! Love the beds. I’ve seen photos of pallets laid horizontally with lettuces planted between the slats. It looked very good but I’m not sure if it was just a photo shoot rather than real life – but it would cut down space for weeds to grow.
hopefully real life Anne, I know exactly the photo’s you refer too. They look great and seem very practical. I just hope they’re using the correct type of pallets and not the chemically treated one…so many lovely things you can do with pallets!
Great idea – isn’t your husband clever! And I love that, with a few compliments from you, he made a whole garden’s worth of planters.
oh absolutely! I know exactly what to say to push his buttons 😉
Wow, Lisa, they look great. My Maus likes to play with wood and we have a few pallets hanging around. I think I will get her on to it.
Hubby said he just pulls the nails out, rips them apart and rebuilds the boxes…’easy’ apparently!!
How fantastic! They look awesome. What a sweetheart you have 🙂 I am sure your hubby will be suitably rewarded with some amazing tomato dishes in a few months time. Great info on the pallets coding, thank you.
oh absolutely!! Good thing we all enjoy tomatoes! x
So So clever! Pallets get taken out to the horse and are used to store hay on at my place 🙂 What I would do for a big backyard and vegie garden (even if it caused CPoo to start rocking socks and thongs!!)
Lol Jas, we don’t want that to happen!!
LOL I tried to get hubby to repeat “Happy Wife Happy Life” after me but he wasn’t standing for it a bit 😛 I love how handy your hubby is. Could he hang around mine for a bit? 😉
I think Mr Wog needs to have a good talking to Mr NQN!! 😉
he can come and visit …. I need someone to sort out my garden for love 🙂
just a short plane ride across the Indian Ocean 🙂
Go V! Lisa your backyard /garden is looking amazing!
Thanks so much love!!
My husband is super-handy too. I don’t think I could be married to a guy who doesn’t know a Philips head from a slot screwdriver. Yes, I did notice the socks and thongs – where are his work boots??? Fantastic to have all these new planter boxes and all for free! I can’t wait to watch your new beds grow xx
Me either Charlie!! Oh he wears steel caps all day long and when he gets home all he wants to do is take them off, so socks and thongs it is lol xx
G’day Lisa! What a GREAT idea, true!
Wish I had the area and through your photos, I have the inspiration to do!
Thanks so much Joanne!! Lots you can do in small spaces though, I’ve seen some superb balcony gardens. Inspiration is a great start 🙂
Love it…”happy wife, happy life” 🙂 that’s how it goes, eh! Hope your growing season goes well. I have really been happy with our planting boxes…they are so easy to keep up!
Ooo, now I really can’t wait for Pete to make my raised beds Lisa. Any chance you guys can send us a few pallets. Not sure we can get them for free here – need to research that.
🙂 Mandy xo
Sure thing Mandy, we’ll throw some across the Indian Ocean 🙂 Oh so many places will offer you free pallets here, you just have to ask
HA! So hilarious, the socks and thongs….that’s the first thing I noticed in the picture until I saw your comment. At least he’s handy 😉
Those garden boxes look amazing…we tried to use pallets once and found that they were very difficult to ‘tear down’ as the wood kept on breaking. Any tips from Mr. Wog?
I know right?!! I asked hubby and he said gently does it. You have to use a chisel and crow bar and go at it as gently as possible. We too had a few boo boo’s but most survived the process 🙂
My hubbie says “Happy wife, happy life” all the time but he would definitely outsource anything requiring him to be handy about the house! Can’t wait to see what you do with all those tomatoes looks like you have a busy summer coming up in your garden:)
It’s funny how some men are just born with a ‘diy’ gene and others aren’t. It surprises me when hubby just does something that he’s never done before or even studies, because he can ‘just do it’. Weird!
Here is the U.S. our summer is just about over. So it was lovely to read about yours, just beginning. The best tomato I grew this year was the cherry tomato, “Sweet 100.” It rarely got from the garden back to the house, it was so tasty right off the vine.
ooooh I might add some Sweet 100 seeds to my shopping list!! Thanks for the tip! Nothing like a good tom straight off the vine 🙂
You’re definitely a very lucky gal! What a treat to walk out into your backyard and see those boxes just ready to plant! I love how you’ve arranged them as well, you can walk between them to plant and weed that way and they look artistic!
Thanks so much Smidge! We’re planning to put a apricot and plum tree in-between which will give it a good canopy over summer when it gets too hot, and both are deciduous so they’ll let plenty of sun through during the cooler months 🙂
You and your husband. Your relationship is so adorable. 🙂
I love his motto and when I buy a husband I’ll make sure that motto is on the label and he comes with a quality guarantee 😉
‘and when I buy a husband’ bahahahahaha of Fati!! You made me spit my tea 🙂 Love it, thanks so much for your gorgeous words xx
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