How to grow a pallet garden

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How to grow a pallet garden
DON’T BREAK THE BANK: Pallets can be picked up free from a variety of sources Photo credit: architecturendesign.net

WITH so many people becoming more conscious of repurposing rather than impacting on landfill with unnecessary waste, gardening with wooden pallets has never been more popular.

Moving from a creative idea to a garden trend, today, gardeners are using pallets for planting everything from herbs to succulents.

We’ve all seen them, used wooden pallets leant up beside markets and shops, waiting to go to the Eco-parque.

Then someone thought of bringing those wooden pallets into the garden and planting veggies, flowers or other plants between the bars.

Gardening with wooden pallets is an easy and inexpensive way to create a vertical planting area when space is tight. If you are wondering how to grow a pallet garden, all you need is a roll of landscaping paper, sandpaper, a staple gun and staples, hammer and nails and some potting soil. And of course, your plants!

Follow these instructions to get started:

1. Sand down any rough spots on your pallet. If the back of your pallet doesn’t have much support, find some scrap wood, roughly 3 to 4 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick (or the thickness of the rest of your supports) and cut it down to the width of your pallet. Using two nails on each side, add supports so they are roughly even down the back of your pallet.

  1. Double or triple up your landscaping fabric and begin the stapling fun. Staple fabric along the back, bottom and sides of the pallet, taking care at the corners to fold in the fabric so no soil will spill out.
  2. Lay the pallet flat and pour potting soil through slats, pressing soil down firmly. Leave enough room to begin planting your succulents.
  3. Begin planting, starting at the bottom of the pallet and ending at the top. Make sure soil is firmly packed in each layer as you move up. Add more soil as needed so that plants are tightly packed at the end.
  4. Water your wall garden thoroughly and let it remain horizontal for 1 to 2 weeks to allow plants to take root. After 1 to 2 weeks, you can set it upright.

Use your creativity to think of different pallet gardening ideas to try. You can start vegetable gardening with wooden pallets, create a fragrance garden or grow small succulents. Once you’ve started planting in wooden pallets in the garden, many other ideas will come to you. DIY pallet gardening is fun, and takes up very little room.

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