Recycling and Cheapskate gardening


I need to raise the beds a little bit since I am gardening along a low slope. I am also building cold frames for the winter and for spring seedlings.   New wood is quite expensive as are tools like a new circular saw. So what about pre-cut and perfectly sized wood from old shipping pallets?

Using Freecycle in my town I found a few businesses that have plenty of pallets and were willing / happy to get rid of some of them. So I grabbed a few bungee cords and headed out to find the pallets- then I stopped at hardware store and invested in a $9 nail puller / crow bar.     Image I can take a pallet apart, including nail removal/recovery in 25-60 minutes.

Reassembly is next and the first re-use project will be the cold frame.


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