I’ve seen plenty of vertical pallet gardens in coffee shops and I’ve always wanted to make my own. Pallets are usually readily available and are either free or cheap to buy. I picked mine up from a local agro/garden shop. They were free as they were a little broken. I have really enjoyed transforming pallets into space-saving, high-productive vertical pallet gardens.
Choosing the right pallet is important. You have to choose pallets made from untreated wood and also keep an eye out for pallets marketed with HT, which stands for heat treated. Also, be careful of stray nails and splintered wood.
When choosing plants for a pallet garden consider the root depth that the plants require. Plants that are usually successful in pallets include strawberries, salad greens, tomatoes, oregano, thyme, parsley, coriander, tarragon, nasturtium, marigolds and succulents.
It’s important to brace your pallet garden. For my pallet garden I decided to create extended legs on each side, which I then buried into the ground. It’s totally solid, and toddler proof 😉
Permie hint: Place your pallet in a location that gets at least 6 hours of sun and water daily. Fill will well aerated soil and fertilise when needed.
Some people choose to use the pallets as is, however, I wanted to create containers within the pallets for root space and aesthetics. So I pulled part of the pallet apart and then rearranged the wood. I used thin slats of spare wood that I had lying around to fill in the gaps. I didn’t want to use plastic in my garden as I am undecided on the pros and cons of using plastic for edible gardens.
Author: Laila Helena