What you need:
· An old pallet
· Dirt or potting soil – 40lbs (preference)
· Hammer or something to remove nails
· Nails or Staples
· Staple Gun
· Polyethylene Weed Barrier Landscape (your preference on a type)
When building this there is little safety precautions that need to be taken. You should however, always remember to be careful when operating a staple gun and using a hammer. Please be sure to use your own judgment.
Step 1: Fixing the Pallet
Starting with the pallet, remove every other piece of wood to obtain wider rows for planting. Refer to figure 1 below to see which boards to remove. This is achieved by removing preexisting nails or screws and taking off the boards. To remove the nails, use your hammer or other tool of preference. Now that you have removed the boards it should look similar to figure 2.
Step 2: Adding Garden Barrier
You now need to line the bottom of your pallet garden with the weed control barrier. This is to help keep your dirt inside your pallet and to prevent weeds. It can be kept in place by placing nails in each corner, then in the middle and along each side. Please refer to figure 3 on the next page to see the best place to place your nails or staples (orange dots). It will take approx. 20 – 30 nails or staples. Figure 3 is an example of what your pallet should look like now.
Step 3: Adding Potting Soil
Now that you have your pallet lined you are ready to add your potting soil. Fill your pallet to the top with the potting soil. A typical pallet takes 3-4 average sized bags (approx. 40 lbs bag) of potting soil.
Step 4: Planting Your Plants
You are finally ready to start adding your plants and after you add them you should water them. Now you are done and have a pallet garden!
Finished project will look something like Figure 4:
Step 5: Notes
**My suggestion for plants include: rosemary, basil, spinach, lettuce, kale, and green beans. These have all worked well for me in the past. It also works nicely to start some plants out in then transplant them later. Some of these plants include: tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, watermelons, and any others that get pretty big.