My parents got a huge stack of pallets. They also got a huge influx of deer on their property this year. And the idea to grow a big ol’ vegetable garden.
These three factors converged to create the Ugly Pallet Fence. Though it be ugly, it is quite effective…
Basically, my mom and dad just turned the pallets up on their sides, then nailed, screwed, and wired them together using pretty much whatever spare materials they had lying around. They used stakes — metal, wooden, whatever — to help keep everything upright and sturdy.
To create a gate, they attached one pallet with old metal hinges and they use a bungee cord to keep it shut.
As the crops grow taller, Mom and Dad will probably add height to the fence using rope and stakes to ensure that deer can’t jump right in. So far, it seems to be pretty effective! They used a scrap board to patch a couple gaps after their chickens snuck in, but otherwise, their crops are growing strong.
Obviously, it doesn’t have to be so… erm… “rustic.” A little paint and some TLC could make this much more HOA-compliant.
Safety note: many pallets are treated with chemicals for various reasons. Check the pallet for a stamp. It a pallet is stamped with “MB,” it means it’s been fumigated with Methyl Bromide — a pesticide that may have icky health effects. Don’t use those or unstamped pallets for gardening!