Garden Types and Designs

How to make your own pallet garden

November 10, 2011

Pallet garden

A lover of nature or fond of gardening or run out of enough space for gardening or even bored of monotonous appearance of your house: no matter what best describes you or is a matter of your concern, here we are presenting a very wonderful and creative solution for all these queries. Now you can turn your small and dull looking gallery into a beautiful and eye soothing tiny decorative master piece created by none other than you yourself. The idea of making pallet garden is simply awesome for those who have a minimal access to lawns or gardens. Very little land or even no land besides this also reinforces your gardening skills. Gardening also provides a tranquil ambiance along with a feeling of contentment. So you can not only embellish your balcony or whatever space you have with ornamental flower plants but you can also grow vegetables and thus you will have vegetables which are home grown and fresh. Thus, in this world of instant items, you can have instant vegetables.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Time Required: Around 2-3 hours

Resources required

1. A Pallet

2. 2 Bags of Potting Soil will be sufficient enough

3. Plants of different type of Flowers or vegetables( the choice is always yours which of them you want to plant)

4. Landscape Fabric(One roll will be sufficient)

5. Staples and a Staple gun

6. A Sand Paper


1. The most obvious and foremost step is to buy/find a pallet to grow plants of flowers or vegetables or whatever.

2. Next step is to decide that which side of the pallet will be the bottom and the top, and which side is going to lean against wall and the front panel.

3. Now with the help of landscape fabric cover the bottom, the back and the sides of the pallet. For this put the pallet on the ground with its face towards the ground and then cut the landscape fabric so that it will cover the back, bottom and sides of the pallet.

4. Now staple the landscape fabric on the pallet on equal intervals.

5. After stapling it, take the pallet to its final position where you want to place it. Now lay the pallet down on the ground with its face up and then slide the plants into the top of the pallet first. Place them as tight as possible and then pour the potting soil bags from the above. Push the soil through the slats into the pallet and make it level.

6. Repeat the same procedure with the bottom and front panel of the pallet.

Thus, we will have a pallet with plants covering every opening.

Quick Tips

1. Check the pallet which you have brought for this project thoroughly. There should be no nails peeping out, the wood must not be rotten anywhere and there should not be any loose boards.

2. Make rough patches on the pallet smooth with a sandpaper.

3. Put as many staples as you can. As it will provide a firmer grip to the landscape fabric to stick to the pallet.

4. To avoid any confusion or clumsiness mark the pallet so as to decide which side of the pallet is going to be the bottom, the top, the back and the front of the pallet garden.

5. It is highly recommended that you should leave the pallet as it is on the floor for a fortnight, water it when required. As it will give the required time for the roots to grow in and hold the plants firmly.

Things to watch out for

1. Check whether there are any rough patches on the pallet otherwise it may lead to some kind of hand injury.

2. While stapling the landscape fabric on the pallet pull the fabric taut.

3. Put more staples along the spine of the pallet in order to avoid clumsiness as the landscape fabric needs to be firm at spinal area where the stress is maximum.

4. While putting staples make sure that they are at equal intervals from one another otherwise it may lead to very odd looks.

5. Before putting the flower/vegetable plants into the pallet and stuffing it with the potting soil take it to its final position where it will be placed otherwise after stuffing everything it would be very difficult to move.

6. The potting soil must be firmly stuffed into different parts of the pallet.

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