She’s crazy, but it just might work!

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Bridget Kane’s employee garden

Because we are “a company of gardeners,” many of us have employee gardens right outside the office. Here’s the story of one of those gardens:

I have always loved to use found objects for gardening, so incorporating recycled pallets into my employee garden plot seemed normal to me. For example, I have been a big fan of using the sheets of black plastic that come off of our pallets of soil. I use this plastic to control weeds and for moisture retention (aka “plastic mulch”). But this year, it is all about the pallets.

Any quick internet search will provide a multitude of ideas for repurposing pallets (the Canadians have an offical Pallet Association, whoa!) So, after getting some online inspiration, I knew I needed to try them in my garden this year, since I work in a warehouse surrounded by them.

Bridget Kane

Bridget Kane

I covered the ground with Pro Weed Mat first. Next, I laid down seven pallets (flat) and filled them with potting soil. It definitely took way more soil to fill these suckers than I originally thought. My thoughts are/were to plant stuff that (I hope) does not need as much root space (lettuces, herbs, radishes, beets, peas, etc.) I do have a few tomatoes, beans, squash and melons for experimentation.

To finish it off, I planted some marigolds around the border to make it look “prettier”/less crazy until the other plants fill it in more.

Next year — when I am in the set-up phase — I want to incorporate some soaker hose action throughout the pallets (which I thought of in hindsight). Also, I need to think about upgrading my system of securing the sides of the pallets so soil doesn’t push out. Right now I am using the less-than-glamorous empty plastic soil bags.

—Bridget Kane

Gardener’s Supply employee-owner Bridget Kane works in the Milton, VT, distribution center.