As promised here is a tutorial on how to build a picket fence out of free pallets. I don’t know about you but in my neighborhood wascally wabbits rule! This beautiful picket fence was created to keep those rascally rabbits from eating all my new veggies. Yes, it would have been much easier to go buy picket panels but I needed my front yard garden to be very low cost. I explained what I was doing to Home Depot and they were very generous in donating pallets for my fence. Pallets come in all shapes and sizes so try to make sure the pallets you pick out are fairly uniform.
Step 1: Lay down pallet, measure how tall you want fence and snap a chalk line. In my case the city requires any fence over 2 1/2 ft tall to have a permit so I put my chalk line at 30″. Cut along chalk line with circular saw.
Step 2: Turn over pallet and cut the back pickets the same way you did the front. Then pry all boards off of back.
Step 3: stand pallet up and cut along the top bar.
Paint what ever color you want and there you have it you have beautiful picket panels to attach to your posts. I used 2×2 posts along sides and 4×4 posts for the four corners of the garden. It sounds very easy but let me just tell you that those pallets are put together very well. This is not for the faint of heart and the more strong helpers you can get the better!
Now you might be thinking, she’s nuts, the rabbits will just come in between the pickets. Well I am a little crazy, but aren’t all urban farmers? You can’t tell in the pictures but there is chicken wire stapled inside the lower part of the fence to keep those voracious critters out. I hope this post encourages more people to build front yard gardens. It does not have to cost a lot to provide fresh food for your family. This post was shared on The Homesteader Hop and Simple Saturday’s Blog Hop