Get Your Potted Plants off the Ground!

By Gymgirl
June 28, 2016

Build a simple "Planter Pallet" out of free, recycled, or reclaimed materials, to keep tree roots from invading your potted plants. The pallet also helps your containers drain better, because they aren't sitting flush on the surface! These are great for patio containers, and may be cut into various shapes to suit your fancy!

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Jun 28, 2016 1:41 PM CST
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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I'm having trouble following you. Need more pix of the final products possible. Gene
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Jun 28, 2016 5:12 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
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We have tons of bread trays that I turn over to set plants on so that the water drains off. However, they are large so using inside is not feasible. Something small like this project might work.
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Jun 28, 2016 8:24 PM CST
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
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Gene,
Sorry, I don't have more pics available right this minute.

Basically you're setting the pickets side by side to make the top of the pallet. Select the pieces you want, that look the best. That's what you'll see from the top. All done? Now, turn the pickets over to the other side. Cut the 2x2 pieces into lengths that match the width of your pallet. Lay them on the back side, across the pickets. Nail or screw them in, two or three nails/screws per each picket. Now, flip it back over. The pickets you selected will be on top. The "feet" will be on the bottom, holding the pickets in place, and keeping the pallet off the ground or other surface.

Visualize a section of a picket fence. The smooth side is the top of your pallet. The back side held together with the cross pieces is the bottom of your pallet.

I tip my hat to you.
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Jun 28, 2016 8:25 PM CST
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
Look closely at the picture I posted. Blow it up. You can see two lines of screws on either side of the middle planter. That's where the 2x2s are on the bottom... Rolling my eyes.

Notice there is no line down the middle of the middle planter. I spaced my "feet" too far apart, and that middle planter eventually fell through. Should've put a 2x2 under that one.
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Jul 2, 2016 5:49 AM CST
Name: christine
Westland, Mi (Zone 5b)
Hummingbirder
My husbands is screwing some wheels onto mine for easier moving. I think my bottom boards are a little thicker.
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Jul 2, 2016 11:43 PM CST
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
Nice touch with the wheels! Hurray!
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