Starting a vegetable garden such as a Victory Garden of the past will ensure you have fresh vegetables. We needed to get started right away so we decided to build some raised garden beds with reclaimed wood from pallets.
Growing your vegetables is both healthy and delicious, but what to grow? We started by planning how many raised beds we could build with the available reclaimed lumber. Then we researched which high yield vegetables grow in our zone to limit grocery store visits.
During WWI and WWII as many American families as possible needed to grow their vegetables so the farmers could ship food to Europe to support the war effort. Public spaces and containers became vegetable gardens, so many of our families had Victory Gardens. Times have changed, however, the need for fresh vegetables has not, thus we can all save money and serve the freshest possible vegetables at our dinner tables.
Back to 2020 – Today we can support another cause and provide fresh vegetables. When you grow vegetables and herbs you know how they have been handled and it also means limited trips to stores.
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How to Build a Raised Garden
My husband helped me with the building of the frames for the raised beds.
We made a video to show how we built our vegetable beds you can watch it HERE. If you need a little inspiration taking apart the pallets he demonstrates that HERE. After considering using pressure-treated wood (rot-resistant) it would not rot as fast I didn’t want to use it since I read some mixed reviews on using it for food gardens and wood preservatives.
The photo below shows the cut pieces in the layout to be nailed together.
Lumber Cuts (pallet lumber):
- Sides cut 2 @ 40″ (or 4 if your pallet has narrow boards refer to video)
- Ends cut 2 @ 20″
- Corner stays cut 4 @ the depth of the sides
Supplies and Tools
- Reciprocating saw
- Chop saw
- Nails (1″ galvanized)
- Measuring tape
- Crowbar or flat bar
- Quality Soil
- Soil Amendments
- Green bean seeds
Raised Garden Bed Plans
I considered maintenance, such as weeding, an irrigation system, and harvesting when designing our raised garden beds. My height was also a consideration when planning the width of the beds since I am only five feet tall reaching across wide garden beds would be difficult. If you are gardening with your kids then you would consider the width as well.
We used the full length and width of the pallet boards for the sides of the raised beds, hence making them as long as possible. When considering my arm length We started small and adding more raised beds as we had wood and time.
Reclaimed Pallet Wood Raised Bed Gardening Measurements
- 40″ length
- 20″ Width
- 7″ Sides of beds
After making the frames they are ready to be placed in our garden area. Once in position, we will fill the beds with quality soil, however, since our frames are only seven inches deep we are going to clear the area under the beds. If the frames were 12″ or taller I would place plastic sheeting or weed block directly over the grass. Using a flat shovel is the easiest way to scrape the ground to level it.
Plants have friends (companions) and foes, so I checked to see which plants grow best together.
Once all the frames were installed in place it was time to fill them with a mix of quality garden soils.
If you have been reading my garden and yard posts then you know I love to use a bucket with clothespins to organize my seed packs.
If you are planting vegetable plants that have been started then you would need to cut the plant roots to allow them to grow.
We made some mini trellises for the cucumbers to climb to keep them inside the raised garden frame. I wanted to put some vegetable markers for my seeds and I found this wonderful idea on how to make vegetable markers on YouTube.
Tips for success
We live in Florida so we have a long growing season, therefore we can grow lettuce, kale, broccoli, collards and more into the fall.
We collect vegetable scraps from cooking and carry them out to the mulch pile which is a free organic matter fertilizer.
Checking the best vegetables to grow and when I use this source from the USDA.
Our local Extension Service offers soil testing if yours does not you could use a home test kit and test your soil.
Make a garden plan or journal about your garden including items such as a growth plan for succession planting (growing for three seasons) in my area. I am looking forward to some delicious winter squash.
More Gardening Ideas
Consider what you have available such as concrete blocks, large rocks or bricks these can be used to form a raised bed too.
Another interesting idea for a vegetable garden is to use straw bales to see how HERE.
Have you thought about using your vegetable scraps for starting a garden?
My friend, Agnes from Just That Perfect Piece, shows us how she is growing vegetables from scraps in her kitchen.
The square foot gardening method is another gardening idea that is perfect for small spaces you can learn more here.
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Thank you so much for your visit today I hope you found some inspiration for your garden. After you start harvesting vegetables and herbs you might enjoy some new delicious everyday recipes.
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