I picked up a pallet from a neighbor in my building at work and quickly learned why he was happy to give it away. First and foremost, pallets are ridiculously hard to take apart and turn into something else. Secondly, they do not fit into a Honda Civic. So find a friend with a big vehicle and skip the pallet deconstruction phase. Also, pick up some landscape fabric and grab your staple gun.
Once things are secure on the bottom, turn the pallet over and work on the sides. Fold over the top of the fabric like a seam and staple it to the sides.
Now it’s time to fill it up! You’ll need about 4 CU ft of dirt. Of course it’s best if you make your own compost but if you live in an apartment and need to build a portable planter like this one, you probably don’t compost. Chat with the folks at your local nursery and they will hook you up with a good mix.
Now you’re ready to plant kale, spinach, lettuce and herbs with no weeding required.