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Pallet Garden

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!

Time: 1 Hours Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy

-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!

Materials used for this project:

  • Pallet   (Trash)
  • Flowers   (Lowe's)
  • Miracle Grow Moisture Control Potting Mix   (Lowe's)
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  • Oh how I love this. Will soon be making several. One for veggies too. Thank you for sharing.

    • Denisetornick
      on Apr 25, 2017

      If you're going to plant edibles, be sure that the pallets you use aren't made with treated wood. Actually, chemically treated pallets shouldn't be re-used at all. T hey contain toxins! You can research this online. http://www.1001pallets.com/pallet-safety/">www.1001pallets.com/pallet-safety/

  • Rynn
    Rynn Summerfield, NC
    on Apr 25, 2017


  • Barbara Kiley
    Barbara Kiley Port Saint Lucie, FL
    on Apr 25, 2017

    Hmmm. I garden a lot...so can easily see that as you water over time, the dirt will scrunch down with gravity and out the front with pressure. Also, you've chosen plants that don't "hang" well. So...if you staple your ground cover to the INSIDE front as well as the back, add dirt from the top and very slightly pack it, you can then poke HOLES through your front mesh behind the slats to seat your hanging plants, i.e. begonias, and then stand your palet upright. The will be dirt more secure and controlled behind the landscape mesh (And you might want to use green?).

  • Mary   Garner
    Mary Garner Buffalo, NY
    on Apr 25, 2017

    I love this little creation. I live in an upper apartment with a porch, and this is the perfect idea for my flower garden. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kathy Findlay
    Kathy Findlay
    on Apr 25, 2017

    I've also seen this done using some of the boards from the back repositioned as bottoms at each level. Not sure if maybe they need to be cut tho, depending on how wide they are.

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