Friday, June 12, 2015


By Kate Dyer

We face two common problems when it comes to growing anything edible – living in a rented house and loving a pup who looks with his feet. Putting anything in the ground bears the risk of being thusly removed or left behind if/when we move again. The challenge was to create an edible garden that was easily moved and out of paw’s reach.
Inspired by the Little Veggie Patch Co, but not wanting the weight of an apple crate, Simon thought about other designs using recycled pallets. I’ve seen some great vertical gardens but we needed the safety of height from which to raise our future harvest. We also decided to keep the garden at our new office, where everyone can enjoy a bit of dirt under their nails.

With leftover trestle legs from a desk project and some free pallets from an auto parts dealer, our veggie rack was up and ready in about 15 minutes. One pallet formed the main frame, with a second being used for parts. We added strips spaced to support the 8 large pots and can probably fit 16 smaller pots along the edges. The rest of the afternoon was taken up by a trip to the nursery for potting mix and plants.

A child of the 80's, Kate was raised on country music and family camping adventures. She documents more recent adventures on her blog This is My Family. When she's not pulling her house apart, Kate aims to rid the world of cheesy family photos. Find out more at Urban Safari Photography.


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xo em