Celebrate nature’s bounty and make this easy DIY harvesting basket using pallet off cuts, chicken wire, a bicycle inner tube, and some sisal rope. It’s just the right size (39 cm long, 15 cm high, and 19 cm wide).
It’s perfect for harvesting, washing, and carrying fresh, homegrown veggies.
What you need
- 2 x 15 cm x 15 cm pallet off cuts (side pieces)
- 2 x 39 cm x 3 cm strips of wood
- 35.5 cm x 6 cm strip of wood (bottom of the basket)
- plastic coated chicken wire cut into a 39 cm x 45 cm piece
- 4 x wood screws
- a thick sisal rope (about 1 meter)
- a bicycle tube inner
- A stapler gun and food-safe wood stain
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How to make a harvesting basket
It literally took me less than an hour to make the basket. Cut the pallets according to the measurements given above. Make sure the pallet hasn’t been treated with any harmful chemicals.
Seal the wood with a food-safe wood stain (we used GripSeal, a locally produced water-based sealer that comes in the most beautiful colors and it dries super fast)
Cut the chicken wire and use a staple gun to attach the wire to the 39 cm strips of wood to form the sides of the harvesting basket.
Place the wooden strip that’s attached to the chicken wire on the wooden sides and screw them in as shown below. Staple the chicken wire around the outside edges of the side pieces to make the basket.
Flip the basket over and screw the 35.5 cm piece to the bottom of the basket. This piece of wood isn’t strictly necessary, but it does make the basket more stable, especially if you’re adding heavier fruits and veggies.
Adding a handle
For the handle, I used sisal rope and a bicycle inner. Tie a knot on one end of the sisal rope and screw the knot into one side of the basket. If you have a willing fur baby helper, give her a kiss to say thank you 😀 This little beauty is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Slip the bicycle’s inner tube over the sisal rope and then tie a knot at the other end. Screw this end to the other side of the basket. Sisal rope can be a bit harsh on your hands when you’re picking veggies, so the inner tube gives some protection.
The basket is ready for harvesting. Now we can pick our veggies and wash them off all at the same time.
I would love to hear what you think.
Do you grow your own veggies? What do you use to harvest them?
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