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Grow vegetables or seeds in a limited space, use recycled pallets or pallet collars!

Updated on May 21, 2012

Do you have limited space in your garden or just want to have a small place for growing vegetables or flowers? Then you can use pallet collars. This is very popular in Sweden and we even have a club where those who uses pallet collars, or just likes them, can join! The club members gives tips of how the pallet collars can be remade, by adding strips, legs or by painting them in some nice colour.

Using pallet collars that can no longer be used for freight in your garden is a great way to recycle!

My own minimal garden!
My own minimal garden! | Source
Paint them in any colour you like!
Paint them in any colour you like!
Combine them and you have a beautiful vegetable garden!
Combine them and you have a beautiful vegetable garden!
A different and personal way of use!
A different and personal way of use!

Pallet collars is normally used as wrapping for goods but can be used in other ways to! From the beginning it was a way of recycling waste, and that is never a bad thing! Now when the popularity of pallet collars has increased they can also be purchased brand new in many colours and sizes.

The finesse with pallet collars is that they can be used as a single collar or you can stack them on top of each other. In that way you get a grater depth for growing e.g. potatoes, carrots and other types of vegetables that requires deeper soil.

Whit glass or plastic on top of the pallet collar it can be used as a small greenhouse or cold frame that is fantastic if you live in a place with limited growing period.

Even a hot bench can be achieved by adding some manure under the pallet collar. The way to go about it is to dig a pit before the frost sets in the autumn, and then in early spring the manure is added in the pit and about 50 cm outside the pallet collar. When the pallet collar is placed on top of this add the desired soil and on top of it all; the glass or plastic. Leave the pallet collar a few weeks, until the temperature in the hot bench is sufficient for growing seeds of vegetables or flowers.

A quite easy way of creating a garden for vegetables is to place the pallet collars on macadam which totally reduces weeds to grow in that area.

Now you can spend your time doing something more fun than weeding!

Advantages of growing in pallet collars:

  • weeds outside have a hard time getting in to the growing area
  • moore convenient height
  • easy to cover with a canvas
  • easy to cover with glass or plastic roof
  • hot and damp stays in the growing area longer
  • excellent if the ground is to damp and wet
  • limited cost if you use recycled pallet collars
  • easy to make individual with minor means
  • easy to move if you change your mind



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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      justmesuzanne, maybe pallet collars isn't so common in the US but when I did a search for pallet collars I saw at least one site in USA who had them. I added to links above and one of them is to a company in the US. Pallet collars are so useful that it is well worth to buy them new but the real benefit comes when we can use recycled pallet collars. Pallet collars are really common in Sweden and they are so useful. Thanks for the votes, I appreciate it and your comment


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      justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

      This is an excellent idea, but I don't know if we have "pallet collars" in the US. I have never seen them. I have seen people using actual pallets for vertical gardening, though. Of course, raised bed gardening of all kinds is very popular. Voted up & useful! :)

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Vocalcoach, i am glad you found this hub interesting and I hope you can find pallet collars or something similar where you live too. Maybe U.S. doesn’t uses pallet collars? Here in Sweden we can now also buy new pallet collars in garden centres besides using the used one. It has developed into a big market and more and more people realise the possibilities and the benefits with them.

      Either way, I wish you good luck with your vegetable garden! Tina

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Wonderful! My son and I are planting our own vegetable garden as we speak. Timely and informative hub, and to think I came upon your article today. Perfect! Had not heard of pallet collars here in the U.S. Terrific idea and I am an advocate for recycling. Mahalo, Tina. :)vocalcoach

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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 7 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      Thanks, Tina!

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Yes, do that Debbie! Spring is a marvellous time of the year but it is also a busy time with a lot to do! Fortunately, many vegetables grow fast so as you say, there is still time. Take care and happy garden season! Tina

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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 7 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee


      I will certainly let you know if I discover something similar. I may even write a hub on it if I do. I have added "Create a garden" to my very long do list. I hope I don't miss the growing season altogether. For now, I still have time. Best wishes to you,


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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Debbie! I hope you find some pallet collars in America too or something similar! Let me know if you do! One can also make new one but then the recycle thought will have to come later when you use them again and again. Some of my pallet collars have been with me for many years and I have moved them around a lot! Tina

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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 7 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee


      Now I simply have to figure out if they have the American equivalent of pallet collars. I'll have to check around.

      Thanks again,


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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Debbie, I am so pleased you liked this idea and I hope your vegatable garden will be a success! I have found pallet collars to be very useful and also easy to handle. Thanks for your visit here! Tina

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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 7 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      Tina, this was a very useful and interesting article. I am thinking about starting a small vegetable garden this year. You are giving me some great ideas. Thanks!

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Metoboy, the pallet collars are exellent for growing vegetables and herbs. And if you paint them they can look pretty nice! Thanks for stopping by!

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      meteoboy 7 years ago from GREECE

      Very good idea , I would like to grow vegetables and herbs on my balkony .Thank you for your suggestion.

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Hi, Onegoodwoman, recycle is really a movement in garden design, people use old wagons, boats, and even old bathtubs in their garden. Better to use things in a new way, than to throw them away! Thanks, Your comment is appreciated!

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      What a neat idea!

      There is a 'movement' going on in the U.S.

      People are returning to growing their own

      foods, and becoming more creative in ways

      to recycle.

      Thanks for sharing your cleverness.

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      izettl, yes, it is a easy way to grow things, especially in small places. I am glad that you liked the idea! Thanks for commenting!

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      Laura Izett 7 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Such a great idea. I was thinking of doing this because I have a small yard and want to grow things like herbs and fresh lettuce.


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