Pallet Gardening & Weed Tea

Pallet Gardening 
When looking for a suitable pallet always check for stamps on the wood. If it has a name of a company it belongs to that company and should be left. It also may be treated chemically. Check for other stamps showing country of origin, such as GB, MEX or US - interesting but not important. Then check for a stamp to indicate treatment of all imported pallets. MB – dipped in Methyl Bromide (reject this one), HT- Heat Treated - ok for food plants.
  1. Cut to required size. Remember they are very heavy when filled with soil.
  2. Use some lengths of wood to tack on the back for extra support and put a length along the bottom.
  3. Apply raw linseed oil to preserve wood if desired.
  4. Use shade cloth, weed matting or hessian (will eventually rot) or anything that will let water through but not the soil - tack a piece on the back if desired- improves the final look.
  5. Cut a piece of the material you are using, the width, plus twice the depth of the pallet and so you can double it over and insert into the pallet to make a bag to hold the soil.
  6. (a)  Add some “Clumping kitty litter” to soil mix to help hold water.
       (b)  If using a full “half” pallet weave some brown coloured drip retic hose through it as         
             you stuff with soil mix – seal one end and have a hose attachment to the other.
  1. Lay down and cut small holes in the shade cloth a few centimetres apart and plant herbs, spinach, lettuce, flowers etc.
  2. Leave flat for about 3 weeks to allow plants to get firm roots.
  3. Water well.   ·
  4. Then stand the pallet up and add more soil and bigger plants along the top.
You are using the air space now and can move to follow the sun if necessary. Also try to scrounge the materials, no need to buy anything except maybe the nails!

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Weed Tea
  • Fill an onion bag (open weave) with kikuyu/couch or other weeds to make it into a weed teabag.  Add a brick to the bag to help it submerge.
  • Then put that into a bucket and submerge the weeds in water – ensure they are completely underwater.  It’s called death by drowning.  Cover well to keep out mosquitoes.
  • After about twelve weeks, the weeds are completely dead.
  • Take the weed tea bag out of the bucket and let it drain.
  • The structure of the weeds is left, but without the nutrients, which have seeped into the water.
  • Put the weed debris into the compost heap so that it continues to break down.
  • What remains is a liquid that makes a wonderful weed tea.  Put it on the compost heap, so the nutrients accelerate the composting process and make it happen faster.
  • Use the tea as a liquid fertilizer.  But remember it’s quite strong and may need to be diluted to a mixture that’s about one part weed tea to ten parts water – before it’s ready for use.
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Last Updated: 29 Jan 2018
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