Video Tutorial: How to Make a Strawberry Pallet Planter

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DIY video showing how to break down a wood pallet and transform it into a strawberry pallet planter. A great way to grow food in containers!


One of my most popular projects is on how to transform a pallet into a strawberry pallet planter. I put the project together some years ago and since then it’s had thousands of views, loads of comments, and more than a handful of readers email me pictures of their own work. The article I wrote for it seems to get most of the construction points across but since I wanted to build another planter for myself I thought I’d video the process this time to help you out.

The strawberry pallet planter project needs only a single pallet, some hand and power tools, and a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon. If you’re lucky enough to have a workshop then it will be even easier to find the right time to build it. The idea behind the container is that you can plant up the top as well as the spaces between the side slats with strawberry plants. I’ve made perhaps six of these planters over the years and they can last several years.

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How to Make a Strawberry Pallet Planter

I have full written instructions for how to make a strawberry pallet planter and a piece sharing how to plant it. Though I designed this container specifically for strawberries, I’ve also grown tomatoes, herbs, lettuces, and a lot more vegetables in them too. You could even make a pallet planter without open slats on the sides to plant through. These are particularly good deep planters that I’ve even had success growing carrots in.

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  1. Indogulf BioAg says:

    This is a really helpful video and blog for growing strawberries in our gardens. It will take less space and grow healthy strawberries. Thanks for the blog, Tanya.

  2. Butch Calloway says:

    Great project, easy to make, I use landscape cloth as a liner,let’s water drain, holds in the soil,reduces wasted materials, keep up the good work,thanks .

  3. I notice you also have some kind of straw in you planter. What’s the purpose? I will be building this in the spring in time for planting. Great video!

    1. Hi Alicia – the straw is to help keep the compost from spilling out of the gaps between the planks. Without it, or another material, your planter would lose soil and make your patio pretty mucky.

  4. What else could you plant in these?

  5. That is a wonderful idea! I have always wanted to grow some strawberries, but didn't feel like I had the room. This will work! I may even have enough to share with the birds and chipmunks!

    1. It's amazing how many strawberries can be produced in this planter so do give it a go. If you wrap copper around the legs of the planter you can even deter slugs and snails from getting into your plants too!

  6. I am dying to get my hubbie to build me one of these Tanya!