Introduction: How to Make a Pallet Garden

Not everyone lives in a picture-perfect-house-with-a-backyard. Is that a good enough excuse for most of us to not have a garden? Is that good enough reason to not dig our hands in the soil and smell the essence of the earth? Not anymore!
This upcycler's dream garden adds beauty and color even to the smallest dullest balcony! We added it to our soil-less yard.
Here is how to make it:

You will need:
• 1 pallet
• 3 m landscape fabric of weed cloth
• 100 litres potting soil
• 1 staple gun and staples
• sandpaper
• plants of your choice

Optional (if the pallet needs repairs)

• 1 sander
• 1 hammer and nails or 1 screwdriver and screws

Step 1: REPAIRS

• The first thing that you have to do is to have a good solid pallet. You also have to make sure that its openings are big enough to get your fingers in, otherwise you're going to have a hard time planting. You don't want them to be too big, either. ATTENTION: Make sure that the pallet says "HT" on it. That means that the pallet hasn't been sprayed with harmful toxic substances. We don't want nasty chemicals leaching their way into our veggies.

• The first step is to see if the pallet needs any small repairs. If it does, then we repair it with nails,screws, or staples.

• Sand the pallet not to get any splinters. You can keep sanding to get the smoothness you like and you can even add colour to it by using non-toxic paint.

Step 2: COVER THE BACK

• Take the landscape fabric and fold it in half
• Using the staple gun, secure it onto one side of the pallet
• Stretch the fabric and do the same onto the opposite side

Step 3: COVER THE BOTTOM

• Then bring it on the underside (when it is standing up) and staple the material here firmly to stop the soil from falling out

• Staple the fabric at the top, too

Step 4: SECURE THE FABRIC

• Also staple the fabric in the back of the pallet, along its 'spine', so that soil doesn't sag behind

Step 5: PLANT

• Place the pallet close to its final location
• At the top opening of the pallet, wedge in plants in order to close the gap
• Fill the pallet with potting soil and make sure it goes into all the corners
• Water lightly
• Make small indentations with your fingers and plant the plants, close to each other
• Finally, water lightly again

Step 6: WAIT...

• Leave the pallet lying down for about 10 days, until the roots grab the soil
• Water daily or as needed
• About 10 days later, carefully lift the pallet up (fair warning it will be heavy) and place it at its final position.

... et voila!

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sunshiine made it! (author)2015-08-07

This looks so nice~ Thanks for sharing your hard work and do have a great weekend~

sunshiine~

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Tater Zoid made it! (author)2015-06-15

That turned out beautifully.

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Thank you :)

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Ninzerbean made it! (author)2015-06-14

So there is nothing to keep the plants in their rows underneath each plant, the dirt of the top plants sit on top of the plants underneath? I'm just wondering if I am missing a step where there is a 'bottom' on each shelf of plants. How does the dirt on all of the layers not just fall out when it is watered?

author

Hi there,
No you haven't missed a step, indeed there is no shelf under each row. This is why it's important to:
1. pack the corners well with soil, when you are filling the pallet up with it
2. Place the plants close together in the openings
3. Leave the pallet on its back for a couple of weeks. The roots will grab the soil and stop it from falling out.

TIP: When you lift the pallet upright place it on a wall in an angle a bit.

Now, having said all that, there is still a little bit of soil-loss when we water the pallet, but not much. It's best to water it softly.

I hope I've answered your question. If anything else is not clear, let us know. And if you do make it, please share it with us! We would love to see it :)

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Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2015-06-15

Thank you, I understand now, though I think it would be easier to put in a water permeable cloth 'shelf' in each row, but until I make one myself I will just trust you. Great "ible.

author

Hmmm... I see what you say, but I think that might restrict the space for the roots to grow, which is already restricted... If you do try it, though, let me know how it works for you. :)

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DIY Hacks and How Tos made it! (author)2015-06-13

That looks really good.

author

Thank you :)
This one was torn out by our dog hunting a lizard that was hiding in it, but we made more after that and reinforced the back with chicken wire.

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ClenseYourPallet made it! (author)2015-06-13

Nicely done... Simple yet very beautiful. Thanks for the ible

author

Thank you :) I hope some people get inspired and make it... We would love to see pictures...

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