Pallet Vegetable Gardens by the handy husband…

making pallet vegetable veggie patch

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.

pallet stamps indicating the wood is heat or chemically treated

The husband made one, and I ooh’d and aahh’d at how crafty he was.

This motivated him to make a second.

Don’t you just love the ‘socks and thongs’ look? Bloody Wog!!

Don’t you just love the ‘socks and thongs’ look? Bloody Wog!!

Then a third.

making pallet vegetable veggie patch

And next thing we know, there are four planter boxes!

All in a few hours work, and free!

making pallet vegetable veggie patch

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!


47 thoughts on “Pallet Vegetable Gardens by the handy husband…

  1. 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!

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!)

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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!

    • 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 🙂

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