A few years ago I decided to try a recycled pallet garden after seeing the idea on Pinterest. The main reason was because I wanted to garden, I did not have a tiller, and I felt like it was a project I could do independently. I decided to try strawberries.
The task was simple. Staple landscaping fabric to one side of the pallet, then fill it with garden soil. These pictures were from year 2 or 3.
The strawberries grew fine in the pallet garden, and each year I got a small crop. Enough to be proud of and to eat a few times.
Why I would not do another pallet garden
Not only did the pallet restrict the growth of the strawberry plants, by year four, the pallet garden was completely falling apart. This year when we decided to remove the pallet but preserve the plants, we kept finding pieces of wood and LOTS of nails. And more wood, and did I mention lots of rusted nails?
This is what it looked like after taking out as much of the pallet as we could get to without disturbing the plants since they were in bloom already. Most likely, underneath the plants, there are more pieces of the wood pallet and more nails and most definitely some landscaping cloth.
The plants really appreciated being sprung from the pallet garden prison and provided me with a much more bountiful harvest of berries this year. I am excited to see what they produce next year!