Are you a city dweller like yours truly with an insane amount of concrete in your "garden"? Are you reliant on planter boxes and want to take it up to the next level? Do you only have one sunny area that's right against the wall in your garden? Sounds like you need a pallet garden! It's a good weekend project that looks really cool with very little effort (though a decent amount of heavy lifting).
You will need:
- a pallet (check your local grocery store for spare pallets. It should be in relatively good condition with no rotting parts.)
- potting soil for filling the pallet (one large bag should be enough)
- a staple gun with staples
- rough grit sandpaper
- gardening gloves
- landscape fabric (also known as "the stuff you put down to keep weeds from growing under the tanbark in your garden." It can easily be found at your local garden or home supply store.)
- 2 size packs of flowers per open area of your pallet (shallow-rooted plants are the best, since there is a not a lot of space in the pallet for large root structures)
- paint and paintbrushes (optional)
Because pallets are made with low-quality wood, they are just about LOADED with splinters. Sanding it down will not only make it easier for you to handle, but it will also prevent the landscape fabric from tearing when you lay it down. Be careful how enthusiastic you are when sanding, so you don't accidentally sand through your gloves and then stab yourself with a stray splinter.