Here is an idea that can be taken by any gardener who is interested in the circular economy and therefore in recovery before throwing to buy something else. The pallet boards can thus be very useful to the kitchen garden, but take care to choose them untreated and not recorded (they must not be colored nor bear the EUR or EPAL).
1- Create non-muddy passages between rows of vegetables:
Since these pallets are often made of spruce, Scots pine or Douglas fir, they are practically rot-proof. So you can put their boards between your ranks to make a narrow path allowing you to walk without crotting the shoes. This is particularly useful in the fall or spring when the rain is frequent and the soil is wet.
2- Wood mulching for strawberries with pallets of recovery:
Usually, when planting strawberries, mulching is done with a black plastic film. This helps to limit the invasion of weeds, to keep the freshness on the ground and to grow the strawberries on a support and not in direct contact with the ground. However, it is not really aesthetic or ecological.
The alternative we propose is to use pallet wood planks: they will leave very little soil exposed and this will be very effective for a more pleasant look! Before installing, weed properly, including quackgrass rhizomes, if applicable.
– Other uses of pallets in the garden:
1- Build a pallet wood planter.
2- Make a wood composter with pallets.