Eddy and I have two large southfacing windows in our kitchen. This time of the year, our kitchen gets so hot we can hardly stand to eat there. This year we decided to shade our windows by growing vining plants in front of them. Since our house is raised, and we can’t plant plants in the ground, Eddy built me a planter. What did he use to build a planter? Old discarded pallets! Most pallets are made with untreated wood, so you can use them to build a vegetable planter. We grow pole beans and hop plants in our planters. Hopefully, we will harvest some hops to use in our beer brewing.
Search the Internet for different pallet planter designs. We modified this design for our planters: http://www.instructables.com/id/Planter-from-pallets-no-nail-pull-method/.
This summer, engage in passive cooling by growing vining plants in front of your windows. Reuse discarded pallets and build a pallet planter!