I was cutting down some saplings to make room for future pasture feed grass to grow and began to pile the up near a stack of pallets. Realizing they were to short for my 25' x 40' garden that is partly wattled fenced I decided to create a wattle raised garden box. The project was fun, soothing and a trophy example of repurpose & reusing previously unwanted materials.
First I selected two pallets with equal dimensions. After nailing the together I used two 2x4 boards on either long side to keep the frame higher of the ground, solid and prevent sagging caused by the heavy moist soil.
Second I selected some cherry limbs that were 1-2 inch thick and cut 12 x 2' lengths to use as fence post. I cut the bottom 3 inches of each post in half so that is will lay flat against the wood I was nailing it to.
My third step was to select the thickest diametre post and secure them to the corners of the pallet frame and using the remainder in between them.
Once all of the post were secured to the pallets frame for my forth step I began weaving in the hardwood limbs to create the bird nest like wattle fence. I alternated directions going around each post clock wise then anti-clockwise from each post. I also decided to leave all the leaves and tiny shoot limbs intact so that it could create a tight mesh to help keep all the tiny critters from penetrating through the side and give that old world rustic look.
I continued to weave the branches in and out and would recommend wearing gloves to prevent scratching your hands while pulling the branches through gaps in the wattle fence. It helps to have goats and other animals help clean up the leaves and tiny branches sticking out of the box. I also took my chainsaw and ran it along the inside of the box to help allow that liner to sit flush along the bottom and sides so that it can be secured better.
The dimensions of the garden box is approximately 4' x 7' and it took me about 12 hours to process from scratch. I am very happy with how it turned out and am looking to sell it to raise money for our homestead farm and business to grow.