How to Make a Pallet Garden

How to Make a Pallet Garden | Step-by-Step Tutorial | Made + Remade

Now that you’re inspired to salvage some pallets for growing, gather all of your materials and follow each step to make your own pallet herb garden. Tip: Click on any image below to bring up the how-to steps in a larger, easy-to-follow gallery format.

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Step 1

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Step 1: Flip the pallet upside down

Of the two pallets, choose the most attractive one and flip it upside down (that is, laying face down on its slats). This will be the pallet your garden will grow in. Set aside the second pallet as it will be used in a later step.

Step 2

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Step 2: Cover pallet with landscape fabric

Cover the entire back side of the pallet with landscape fabric. This may drape drastically over the sides but can be trimmed after the next step.

Step 3

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Step 3: Secure landscape fabric

Pull the landscape fabric taught and secure on all sides with nails, staples, or whatever you happen to have on hand.

Step 4

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Step 4: Trim excess fabric.

Once all sides are secure, trim any excess fabric and discard.

Step 5

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Step 5: Remove four slats from second pallet

Grab your second pallet and remove four of its slats. Be careful to remove any stubborn nails that try to stick around.

Step 6

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Step 6: Use slats to cover outer sides of pallet garden

Using those four slats, secure one to each outer side of the first pallet to cover the landscape fabric. This step is optional but makes for a more aesthetically pleasing end product.

Step 7

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Step 7: Fill pallet with top soil

Now that all of the visible landscape fabric is covered, flip your first pallet right-side-up (fabric on the bottom) and fill openings with top soil. We used 5 full bags for this pallet.

Step 8

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Step 8: Transfer plants from containers to pallet garden

Next, grab your plants. Try lining them up in different arrangements before you plant to make sure you have enough room for each to grow and for the arrangement to looks its best. Then, start digging! Transfer your plants from container to pallet garden. Leave the plant tags in to identify each plant later.

Step 9

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Step 9: Finish your pallet garden.

Step back and revel in the beauty that is your new pallet garden. You soon will enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Materials

  • 2 shipping pallets (heat treated, good quality)
  • 5 bags of top soil
  • Landscape fabric (enough to cover one pallet)
  • Nails, staples, or screws (to secure fabric)
  • Flowers and herbs (your choice)

Tools

  • Hammer
  • Staple gun (optional)
  • Garden trowel
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I track design and gardening trends for HGTV.com and HGTVGardens.com and believe that creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces with your hands keeps you happy. There is no such thing as garbage: ...

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5 Responses

  1. Jane Martin says:

    This is a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing the information!
    For more information please visit http://www.advancepallets.com.au

  2. Logan Maguire says:

    Thanks for your solution .It’s really help us IN future

  3. guest says:

    I saw plenty of comments on this one on "Attainable Sustainable" (fb page), one being the concern with the chemical residues left over from wherever the pallets were obtained from? How can someone leech the toxins away from the wood so that I'm not poisoning myself and my family/friends??

    • Marybeth says:

      Good point, that crossed my mind pretty quickly too . I went to e-How & found the info below. Sounds like using pallets as a garden box for any edible plants is a very bad idea. I found the answer in about a minute.
      How long do you figure DIY spent coming up with the idea, writing the article, and if the pictures of the project are theirs, the time they spent making it. They really could have spent a minute considering the feasibility & safety first, no?
      http://www.ehow.com/facts_7632551_wood-pallets-to
      Chemicals in Pallets

      Wood pallets are commonly treated with chemicals that contain arsenic, formaldehyde and other toxic substances. Treated wood should not be used for firewood, home remodeling projects, landscaping or animal bedding because it may release the chemicals into the air or ground.

      Identifying Treated Wood

      Wood that has been chemically treated looks more brown, gray or green than untreated wood. Some wood has identifying marks to signify it has been treated. The wood can also be tested in a laboratory or in the field to see if chemicals are present. Painted wood, which is easier to identify, also should not be burned.

      • kellysmtrimble says:

        Hi Marybeth, Thanks for the info. Actually, the accompanying article for this how-to post, which is linked from the first sentence in the intro above, gives lots of information about choosing palettes that are safe to use. Here is that link again: http://blog.diynetwork.com/maderemade/2014/04/16/… There's an HT (meaning heat-treated) label to look for, which we show you in that post. The information that all palettes are unsafe is old and based on previous construction practices that have since been amended to be safer. Which is good news, because heat-treated palettes are a great salvaged material when they've been prepped without chemicals. Thanks!

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