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)

Step 1: Sand That Sucker

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.

<p>why landscape fabric? Or what does this do?</p>
<p>me again ^ or is that all you are using to actually hold the plants in? It is the pot? Sorry, I have now looked at a few of these and most require pulling wood out or nailing more wood in. My largest concern would be termites and rot after about a year of use. I do love what you have done and also have an old dresser in my yard. lol </p>
<p>I have the same doubt... is it only one face of lanscape fabric and on the other face only the wood keeps the dirt from falling?</p>
<p>The landscape fabric in the back keeps the dirt from falling out the back when you tilt up the pallet. The plants themselves block most of the dirt from falling out the front. You do lose a bit at first through the front when you first stand the pallet up, but assuming you have packed plants in tightly enough, it's not that much loss. <br><br>It's been nine months since I first planted mine, and the pallet is still holding together pretty nicely. I wouldn't consider this a long term planting solution, though, because eventually the wood will degrade. That's why I planted mostly annuals. I do plan on ripping out all of the dead old plants soon and replacing them with new annuals. </p>
<p>Good instructable - a good tip about leaving it a while to let the roots take hold - I wouldn't have thought of that. No it's not just you, I was taught what you call mitre corners for folding too properly known as &quot;Hospital corners&quot;, as that's how they folded the sheets at the end of the bed.</p>
<p>This is brilliant, and perfect for someone like me who has little experience with gardening at all. I have a back fenceline that could use a pallet or two for additional privacy as well as color. What do you think of planting something taller, maybe ferny? on the uppermost level?</p>
Something tall on top would be great! Just make sure that they don't need to have a deep root system, since that's your main limiting factor.
<p>This is so beautiful! Great for cities! I'm going to try something like it this summer!</p>
<p>OMG OMG OMG!!! I just picked up pallets a few weeks ago on freecycle and was wondering what to do with it. I am building this this weekend! You are awesome. I love your dresser planter too!</p>
<p>Omg it looks so cute next to the dresser!</p>

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