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Grow Vegetables or Seeds in a Limited Space, Use Recycled Pallets or Pallet Collars!

Updated on March 21, 2022

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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