Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden


I have been wanting to do this project for over a year. This pallet has literally been sitting in my backyard just waiting for me to get motivated....and I am thankful I finally did! After much Pinterest educating, I tackled this long overdue project....can you tell I love succulents this now is the 4th or 5th succulent project I have made!
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Supplies:
Pallet
Landscaping Fabric
Staple Gun
5 Cubic feet of Dirt (I bought the kind specific for succulents)
Succulents
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Step 1: Obtain a Pallet. I am sure there are several ways you can obtain them for free. Here in San Diego we seem to have them in every alley, so once I saw this one in decent shape I scooped it up. I stained it a dark color, before I started and I am glad I did it makes the green of the succulents really Pop! Also sand down any really jagged edges.
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Step 2: Take your Landscaping fabric, measure it out the size of your pallet. I measured mine out 3 times the size I needed so I could fold it over upon itself and thus creating a thicker barrier.
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pallet vertical succulent garden, flowers, gardening, pallet, repurposing upcycling, succulents
Step 3: Staple the heck out of it. staple everywhere. Especially focus on the bottom and the sides making sure it is tightly fixed.
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Step:4 Place Pallet flat on the ground, opening side up. ***IMPORTANT*** place your pallet as close to where you want to permanently place it, because it will be VERY heavy. I was shocked it took 2 grown men to move my pallet about a yard and it was a strenuous activity.
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Step 5: Add dirt. Maybe it was because my pallet was larger then others, but I went through 5 bags of dirt! I saw a tutorial that only called for one, so I bought 2, then I had to go to the store for more....then again for more...totaling 5 bags. So I recommend if you don't want to make several trips get more then you need! Pack it in nice and tight especially on the bottom.
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pallet vertical succulent garden, flowers, gardening, pallet, repurposing upcycling, succulents
Step 6: Add Succulents. My pallet garden is thankfully made entirely from cuttings I was able to get them from neighbors, family, friends and even my own yard and I still keep adding to it! This was a HUGE save on cost!
Step 7: Ideally let it sit for a few weeks in order to allow plants to root before moving it vertical. I waited about a week though, and it was fine.
Succulents do not need to watered a ton, maybe once a week. Enjoy your vertical pallet garden.
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pallet vertical succulent garden, flowers, gardening, pallet, repurposing upcycling, succulents
pallet vertical succulent garden, flowers, gardening, pallet, repurposing upcycling, succulents
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2 questions
  • John Jansen
    on Jun 16, 2018

    is the fabric water proof i want to lean it against the house

    • Roger
      on Jul 22, 2018

      Landscaping fabric is not water proof. It is designed to allow water to penetrate but keep weeds from growing through. If you need water proof back it with a good heavy plastic between the planter and the house to protect the house. I would also use a spacer to prevent it from actually touching the house as much as possible.

  • Janet Pickett
    on Jul 23, 2018

    What do you do with it in the winter?

    • Teri Vrieling Geston
      on Aug 5, 2018

      I believe she said she lives in San Diego. We don't have much for winter here. Wish I had an answer for those who live in colder climates. Sorry

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  • Mikie
    on Jul 22, 2018

    look's very kewl, nice job.

  • Jua31977473
    on Jul 23, 2018

    Beautiful!

    • Kst7964073
      on Aug 14, 2018

      sooo pretty, will try only one question, how will it do in the winter? I would need two so it"s important to me to know about the winter. please respond asap.

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