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How to Build a Pallet Garden in Three Simple Steps

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Pallet gardens are a simple, fun, and efficient way to start or expand your garden. Children love participating in this DIY project as well. The following instructions are a simple guide to making a pallet garden of your own.

Pallet-garden

Supplies:
– one pallet (use only a heat treated pallet as others can leak chemicals)
– landscaping fabric
– staple gun
– soil
– seed starters

Step 1 – Staple the landscaping fabric to the back and sides of the pallet. If the fabric seems to thin, make two layers of the fabric. Be generous with the amount of staples you use so as to prevent soil leakage.

Step 2 – Fill the pallet with soil.

Step 3 – Plant the pallet with your seed starters

And that’s it! With minimal effort, a few readily available supplies, and a little fun, you now have yourself a pallet garden. Enjoy!

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Jackie
Jackie
5 years ago

How do you know if pallet is heat treated?

Debbie
Debbie
5 years ago
Reply to  Jackie

It will have ht stamped on it some where

Maggie Haase
Maggie Haase
5 years ago

Great!!! How can you tell if a used pallet is heat treated or chemical treated?

wendy
wendy
5 years ago

how do you know if pallets are heat treated or not?

Dianne Coleman
Dianne Coleman
4 years ago
Reply to  wendy

You can find the letters HT on the side of the pallet.

martinus mooijekind
5 years ago

tres bonne idée BRAVO

Liz Heyman
Liz Heyman
5 years ago
Debbie
Debbie
5 years ago

It will have a stamp on it that says HT on it

Deborah Thompson
Deborah Thompson
4 years ago

how much soil?

Catherine Bleish
4 years ago

I would fill to the top, it will settle some..

Frank
Frank
3 years ago

Question: Why would you staple the back with the fabric if you want the roots to go deeper, as in tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peppers, ginger, carrots, eggplant, etc, ?????

Tina Phipps
Tina Phipps
4 years ago

What kinds of things can you plant in soil that shallow? Which veggies/etc worked well/didn’t work well for you?

Catherine Bleish
4 years ago
Reply to  Tina Phipps

tomatoes, herbs, peas, beans, I think squash would do well, too!

Cynthia Crowder
Cynthia Crowder
4 years ago

Won’t it get clogged with roots from the plants at the end of the year making it difficult to reuse?

Catherine Bleish
4 years ago

Not if you use shallow rooted plants – we have never had an issue with our pallet gardens!

Frances
Frances
4 years ago

Do you think lettuce would do well in this?

Catherine Bleish
4 years ago
Reply to  Frances

Yes 😀

Frances
Frances
4 years ago

Do you think radishes and lettuce would do well in this?

Catherine Bleish
4 years ago
Reply to  Frances

Lettuce, yes, but the radishes? As long as they don’t grow wider than the slats!

Pretwin
Pretwin
3 years ago

to much of the plants are to close to each other this way

Catherine Bleish
3 years ago
Reply to  Pretwin

Its fine for herbs and greens!

sjbenka
sjbenka
3 years ago

the thing I generally dislike about using pallets is the remaining metal waste – used in their construction – when they break down. Not to mention the “generous” use of staples, it’s a lot of rusting metal waste to contend with.

Catherine Bleish
3 years ago
Reply to  sjbenka

Great points!

Sue Baker
Sue Baker
3 years ago

You can also fill the slats with either the preform cocoa shells for long baskets or peat moss & fill with dirt & plant. This way you can hang your pallet if you have no where to lay it out.

Randy Krouse
Randy Krouse
3 years ago

Thanks. This is a great idea. I live in an apartment with a pretty small patio and have been wanting to grow some tomatoes and such for awhile. This gives me the ability to grows some plants and experiment within my small space.

anne marie
anne marie
3 years ago

Why do you need the garden fabric? Can’t you just sow the seeds into the ground and use the pallet for row separation?

Catherine Bleish
3 years ago
Reply to  anne marie

Some people do their pallets as vertical gardens! I think the fabric will help prevent weeds, too.

Louis
3 years ago

Great guide how to build pallet garden. Thank you

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2 years ago

This is a great idea!