Previously I've scrounged pallets from the local tip, they are often of quite poor quality though so I've been searching for a new source. Popular classified ad site www.leboncoin.fr was where I found one.
Not only does this guy have a huge selection of all different types of pallets he had some old Ford gearbox crates too. These looked interesting and as we need to start planting our summer herbs and veggies I though these would come in handy as cheap planters.
Patrice was very open to a bit of negotiation and as I was buying a load of other bits and pieces to I got the three crates for 45 euros.
They wee a bit rickety so the first thing to do was add a load more screws to strengthen them.
They would have required way too much soil to be practical at this depth so I used the lids that came with them to create a new floor.
To offer them some chance of protection from the elements I've painted them with linseed oil paint. A five litre container of oil is just 15 euros. Using some black pigment mixed in with the oil makes a cheap and effective matt black coating.
I've placed some polythene to help retain the moisture in the soil and also to protect the timber from direct contact with the wet spoil. This will help with their longevity.
Using a mixture of horse manure and topsoil I've got some nice deep planters ready to grow us a summers worth of lovely fresh herbs and vegetables.
With the screws and oil, I reckon they cost about 20 euros a piece, what do you think of them?