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Use a Wood Pallet for Growing Vines

By ClanCampbell
October 2, 2011

If you want a privacy barrier that's great for letting a vine grow on (such as Morning Glory, etc), use a wood pallet! You can usually find a company that will either give them away or charge a nominal fee. We put up 2 pallets together and had the Morning Glories growing all over them. Plus it created afternoon shade in a sunny spot!

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Maridell
Oct 1, 2011 6:19 PM CST
Hi Chris, nice to see you Smiling
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bsavage
Oct 1, 2011 7:15 PM CST
Really? That fence is wood pallets? It's lovely, and it looks suspiciously like the fence we inherited on our property, which I like very much! Thank you for that tip... who knew??!!
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sandnsea2
Oct 1, 2011 7:19 PM CST
Great idea! Thanks. I tip my hat to you.
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valleylynn
Oct 1, 2011 9:12 PM CST
It doesn't look like a wood pallet. I love it. I know where I can get them for nothing.
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Marilyn
Oct 1, 2011 9:19 PM CST
Chris,

Great idea! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

We already have two (sitting in our garage) that we haven't used in the 14 years we've been at our house. How did you put them together and how did you keep them upright? Confused

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lovemyhouse
Oct 1, 2011 9:31 PM CST
I was just gonna ask that, too. I can get all the pallets I want from work, but keeping them upright, especially in a Texas north wind, might be problematic. Smiling
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threegardeners
Oct 1, 2011 9:51 PM CST
wood pallets are the handiest things. DH built our entire back porch out of them, including the steps.
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Oct 1, 2011 10:25 PM CST
Excellent! I agree, it looks like a nice fence!
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vic
Oct 2, 2011 4:42 AM CST
Looks just LIKE a nice fence! Thumbs up
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Carolyn22
Oct 2, 2011 8:33 AM CST
Wow Chris!

What a great idea. I never would have thought of that on my own Hurray!
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gingin
Oct 2, 2011 9:20 AM CST
I agree good idea...need to put it on Bill's honey-do list
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woofie
Oct 2, 2011 1:16 PM CST
lovemyhouse said:I was just gonna ask that, too. I can get all the pallets I want from work, but keeping them upright, especially in a Texas north wind, might be problematic. Smiling


I'm guessing that those may be lashed to a chain link fence, but bet you could secure them using those pound-in steel fence posts, too.
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plantladylin
Oct 2, 2011 2:13 PM CST
Thanks for sharing this great tip Chris! I sure wish I'd seen this tip last spring. We had two pallets left over from sod delivery that my husband ended up tearing apart and putting out for yard trash pick up ... I could have used them for my Morning Glories or Passiflora or Honeysuckle. Sad
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Samigal
Oct 2, 2011 3:48 PM CST
People are always putting them in the dumpsters by the thrift store I like to shop at. I guess I could always get DH to bring some home for a fence. Looking around the yard now figuring out where to put one. What a clever idea.
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mollymistsmith
Oct 4, 2011 10:03 PM CST
Thank you for such a great idea. I now know what I can use for my mexican flame vine, clematis and morning glories. Smiling Group hug
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ClanCampbell
Oct 5, 2011 4:26 PM CST
Thanks everyone Smiling I have to do this from memory as Glen passed away just over 2 1/2 years ago and he did all the work of course lol

To keep it upright- at each end and I believe in the middle, he dug holes and put 4x4 posts in the ground- the pallets were then screwed into those posts. (look at the birdhouse on the far end, it sits on top of one of the posts.) And seems like rebar was used also, but I won't guarantee that!
If I remember right, he took every other board off of the pallet on both sides, that's why it doesn't really look like the pallet anymore. And just like fencing, the wood 'weathers', and since that was in the wonderful Oklahoma sunshine, it didn't take long LOL..

I found another picture.. look at the left side, you can see the post there.
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lovemyhouse
Oct 5, 2011 6:22 PM CST
Thank you, Chris. Smiling
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jeri11
Oct 5, 2011 6:29 PM CST
Who would have thought!!! Very smart!!!
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woofie
Oct 6, 2011 9:55 AM CST
Those are some nice looking pallets, too. Hmmm, the ones we get here don't look anywhere near as good!
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ClanCampbell
Oct 6, 2011 6:57 PM CST
He worked for a car parts distribution center, so there were TONS of pallets all the time. He definitely had his choice and would pick out the best. Did you know that pallets are not made from one type of wood? I do remember him saying that lol..

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