Pallet Gardening. A pinterest dream!! A You Tube video! A DYI idea!
RIGHT? Creative, pretty, saves space. REALLY?????
Pallet Gardening IS A JOKE for homesteading and gardening! THERE I SAID IT!!!
I FEEL BETTER!
My G friend way over in Tennessee was having the same issue with her pallets!
Appalachia's Homestead with Patara uploaded a great video FINALLY telling the truth about pallets and EVEN raised beds. After HER failed projects and SEEING THE TRUTH about pallet gardening, she decided to share her experience in her new video and on her Facebook p age.
The response was overwhelming. People from all over where talking about how they to had rotted pallets, termites ants, issues with watering. It was as if we had awakened the DEAD!
As homesteaders, her in TN and me in the mountains on the pacific northwest coast..WE were oddly experiencing the SAME thing with our pallet gardens! And then to find out others also had the same issues?
Funny isn't it?
Thus we were thinking the SAME thing this month as she was tearing up
her rotted pallets and I was actually walking thru my garden with my camera showing MY failed project!
Funny how we both came to the SAME conclusion!!! THIS SUCKS!!!!!
So its time to SPEAK out!!!
Our goal is to provide good solid practical information that has ACTUALLY been tried!!!
We arent suddenly building a experimental pallet garden and then waiting to see the results are we? We arent trying to CREATE video for views and doing a pallet potato bin holder or a pallet herb garden and showing you how WHEN WE HAVE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE!!!
We have been living this life and sharing what we know so that you all can become more informed AND be more successful in your efforts. IF I WOULD have seen Patara Marlow video a couple years ago..THERE would have been no pallet garden!
So want facts about WHY THESE PALLETS dont work?
Consider what we both ran into
1) A full pallets takes a huge amount of soil! (One pallet for us took close to 2 garden bags of soil) AND think about this.IF you have your own soil WHY would you put it in a pallet? They are LESS growing friendly and are inefficient way to use your good soil!
2) They take a enormous amount of water and are ineffective for retaining water and moisture
3) Very difficult to maintain nourished soil Every year your soil will become depleted. How do you mulch a pallet? You can add fertilizer but THEN you are purchasing and spending money AGAIN when the idea was to Use something free and save money. RIGHT?
4) They rot! Wood doesn't last.
5) They attract ants and termites if you live in the south
6) YOU DONT know how safe those pallets are ! Where did they come from? What was shipped on them? If you found them in the recycling center how long were they there? Did anything drip on them while in the pile of junk??
They may have the right logo "HT" or kiln dried but wood is porous! What did they "suck" up that you may be bringing into your GARDEN???
Bottom line is, we need to hear the other side of the pallet gardening story. THE REAL LIFE side that for those of us who desire to be successful in our gardening effort may want to HEAR. We all want to save money space WATER soil, and time. So lets be real and evaluate this in real terms!
Pallets serve many great practical purposes on a homestead.
BUT to feed your family? NO WAY!