Pallet Garden

5 Materials
1 Hour

Today was one of the first truly spring like days in NYC so I decided to do some planting. A pallet makes for a great huge planter for those who (like me) don't have a yard where they can do lots of planting. It is also great for those who are looking for a vertical garden. Add some landscape fabric to a pallet, pour in some dirt and get to planting! This pallet garden will spruce up any drab space!

-2 Large Bags of Potting Mix
-Landscape Fabric
-Variety of Flowers / Plants
-Staple Gun & Staples

STEP 1: Flip your pallet onto one side so it lies flat with the slats that sit closer together facing up. Unroll enough landscape fabric to cover the entire side.

STEP 2: Cut the excess fabric away.

STEP 3: Staple the fabric down to the pallet working your way across each beam.

STEP 4: Continue stapling until there are staples around the entire border as well as across each beam.

STEP 5: Wrap the excess fabric around the edge and staple it in place.

STEP 6: Because the ends of a pallet are open you will need to wrap the fabric around the openings and staple it in place. I decided I wanted some flowers standing upright so I only did this to one side so that I could plant some flowers through the top opening once I stood my pallet up.

STEP 7: Turn your pallet over so the uncovered side is facing up.

STEP 8: Pour an entire bag of potting mix in between the slats of the pallet making sure it is level throughout.

STEP 9: Now it's time to start planting. Make little ditches for each plant and set them within the ditch and scoop dirt in to cover the roots.

STEP 10: Once you have planted all your flowers fill in any empty spaces around the roots with more dirt packing them into place.

STEP 11: Now reposition your planter so it rest vertically (if you so choose)

Look at all those beauties! I wish there were more perennial flowers so I could enjoy watching them re-bloom each year, but for now I will certainly take them in on the daily!

Be sure to water the plants immediately so as to help pack in the dirt.

This thing has given this wall so much life!

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  • LeighAnn Mitchell Lenke
    LeighAnn Mitchell Lenke
    on Mar 8, 2020

    Such an attractive planter!

    Seems like once it is propped up, all the soil would follow the laws of gravity. How do you prevent everything from settling down down down without making shelves of each level earlier in the project?

  • Deborah
    on Mar 8, 2020

    How can I share this project with my sister that lives in South Carolina

  • Trudy Cuffe
    Trudy Cuffe
    on Mar 9, 2020

    Can you keep it flat and plant veggies like squash. Vine string bean. And tomatoes plants and just make sure when they sprout they are directed through the openings

    • A lot of pallets are treated with Methyl Bromide which would be bad for planting food. They’ll be stamped with either HT (heat treated) or MB (methyl bromide). If you’re wanting to plant food, look for one stamped HT. Otherwise, any pallet is fine. 😊

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