Project Overview

It always tastes better cooking with fresh herbs grown in your own garden. We’ll show you how to recycle an old wooden pallet into a rustic herb planter, perfect for growing herbs in any outdoor space.
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How to remove a bent nail

If a nail bends as you hammer it in, don’t try to straighten it, just remove it. The easiest way to do this is to place a thin piece of timber beside the nail to support the hammer and protect the surface. Fit the claw of the hammer under the nail head and pull the handle towards you until the nail comes out. Keep the handle as close to vertical as possible so you don’t make the nail hole wider.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Dismantle the pallet
2 Cut the wood to size
3 Assemble the framework
4 Put the base on the planter
5 Attach the feet
6 Attach the end posts
7 Line the planter
  • Step 1. Dismantle the pallet

    Make sure you get a pallet that has been heat treated so it will be safe for growing food. Use a pinch bar to lever the timber slats from the frame of the pallet. Use a hammer and pliers to remove any nails from the timber.

  • Step 2. Cut the wood to size

    Your herb planter can be any size you want. In this case, we had enough timber to make a top box, base box, legs, support posts and spacers. Before you cut the timber to size, use a tape measure, pencil and square to measure and mark it. Then use the drop saw to cut the timber to the following lengths:

    Top box
    90mm x 300mm (sides) x 2
    90mm x 750mm (front & back) x 2

    90mm x 750mm (base) x 3

    Base box
    145mm x 300mm (sides) x 2
    145mm x 750mm (front & back) x 2

    145mm x 750mm (base) x 2

    Legs
    90mm x 50mm x 300mm x 2

    Support posts
    90mm x 500mm x 2

    Spacers
    90mm x 150mm x 2 

  • Step 3. Assemble the framework

    Put on your ear muffs and safety glasses. Line the timber up so that the edges are flush. Then use the nail gun to join the four pieces of timber to make the rectangular frame for the herb planter.

  • Step 4. Put the base on the planter

    Line up your base pieces on the frame, making sure you leave a gap between the timber so that the soil drains well. Then use the nail gun to attach the timber to the frame of the planter. 

  • Step 5. Attach the feet

    The feet are important because they elevate the planter, help with drainage and keep the base dry so it doesn’t rot. The heavy rail from the pallet is perfect to use for the feet. Attach the feet to the base of the planter using the nail gun. 

  • Step 6. Attach the end posts

    Use the nail gun to fix the spacer to the end posts. Slide the end post onto each side of the planter, place the top box onto it and nail it into place. 

  • Step 7. Line the planter

    Line both the base of both herb planters with weed mat. Add the soil and plant your favourite herbs into your new herb planter.

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