To play it safe, I’d attach some thick plastic sheeting or other waterproof barrier on the backside. I like basil for the top. I am just waiting to notice the sun period, to choose for the plants. I see some logistical challenges but totally doable. This is what your progress should look like so far with the backing and pockets made. What vegies can i plant in an upright pallet ? Good luck. Good luck and thanks for letting us know! I will take your advice and not waste the space at the bottom. Your cost is the same but it helps support this site and the fun freebies we share. Be sure to add most of your soil before adding the plants. I wouldn’t worry as much about the air circulation. However, many are non-treated or made of weather resistant wood, such as cedar. The ISPM-15 Standard applies to both softwood (coniferous) and hardwood (non-coniferous) packaging. Pallet Herb Garden Planter. 13 Comments. Hi Cassie. The pallet idea is such an easy way to expand garden space cheaply, especially vertically. My husband is concerned that the outdoor projects won’t last and we will have to rebuild them. But I would add a lining of burlap or weed cloth (some that will hold the soil but allow drainage). I love this idea. In 2016, 508 million new and 341 million recycled wooden pallets were produced by manufacturers across the globe. What is your opionion on that? Manufactured in Australia by #012 and treated for use with Methyl Bromide, this is unusable. Particularly if you are growing edibles vs. for fun and aesthetics. Yours look about the same ……… I do have some photos i can send now as well. Conversely, we would not want to use the pallet on the bottom of the picture. My front openings are all 4 inches at the most. I work for a company that imports products from China, etc and our containers get fumigated, pallets and all, often. This will be different for every pallet, but in our case we measured a width about 4.5” and a height of about 5.5”. I love your shows JOE you are truly a great Gardner. So glad you found our information helpful. dumpster diving) these ones, so Im not a hundred percent but there is no indication that they are treated. Would it be better to plant herbs in containers? Are there any issues having that moist soil against the house siding? Read on for instructions on how to build a DIY vertical garden. I’m making my own pallet garden, but I want to hang it in my living room (indoor) so I have some doubts and I hope you could help me out… Not every pallet is made of pressure treated wood, but if it is, I would avoid it for growing edibles. Hi John. You know it is a very heavy structure, to hang it On The wall it is enough with only 2 L’s as it is shown On The video?!? Hi Joe, This may be overkill for you but ideally, drip irrigation hosing through each row would be ideal. We've got the perfect DIY for you. Sorry I didn’t see your note before now but once the roots fill in a bit, you should be able to mount it vertically with little soil loss. That’s why I’d go for at least 10 plants per row or 40 + total. My question is, can I paint the pallet? Gives me a garden and a privacy fence at the same time. I will also be planting on both sides of the pallet. I did that for the compost bins I made out of pallets. It all trickles down. Nasturtiums would make an excellent choice and add fantastic color. In the middle section, herbs and lettuces work great. Haven’t tried yet, but it looks very good in design. Could you suggest anything to protect the wood so it will last longer–something that would not harm the plants. I can hardly wait to try this pallet idea! Happy you found this to share with your fellow gardeners. The vertical garden will really help. Off camera, Joe dedicates his time to promoting sustainability through his popular books, blog, podcast series, and nationally syndicated newspaper columns. I saw a video where they mixed the cotton lining from disposable diapers into the soil to hold moisture! I would like to do a pallet, maybe more, in a wide passage at the back of my flatlet. Innovative Pallet Planter. You are a very lucky man. You might want to put a coat of primer on it first. i realize it would depend on the kind of plants used, but a rough estimate would still be helpful for me. To cut our pocket, we rolled out the landscaping fabric, marked 16” just to give us some wiggle room, and cut across the whole piece of fabric, resulting in a 16” x 48” rectangle. If you do this Peggy, will you take pics and keep us posted on how this goes. This will be your own natural health garden. I’m trying to get an estimate of how many to buy to do my own. Thank you for your reply. I was able to successfully build my own vertical garden and it’s really freed up space and made the patio look more interesting: Hmmm. The challenge with the spacing between slats that narrow are in planting existing seedlings. Thanks for the help. Quite interested as we will be having bunnies in the garden too. Ready to start your own garden? This is where you have to get creative. For more Talking Shop, read. My husband and I just moved from our home, with a garden spot, to a small lot. Do you have pics you can send? Watch the full episode this project came from, Episode 221: Living Walls. Yes, the fabric or wooden bottoms do help hold the soil in. I’ve been researching how best to make a pallet garden and your information has been most helpful. My gut feeling is they’re not the best choice. More summary. Good luck! I think putting your artful touch on the pallet is what makes them unique. Just a thought to keep in mind. Staple it in. I will use low growing, shade loving, flowering plants in between a variety of lettuce on one side.The other side will be sun loving plants. Brilliant idea JoAnna! Hi Julie. Water can move horizontally in soil too. What have you had success with growing in these? I have found that my pallet garden dries our too fast. I’ve never seen a pallet on wheels before but it certainly makes sense. Simply make it hanged or adjust it against a wall layout, we have also used the pallet wood in making the DIY pallet flower beds which were also a great outdoor pallet improvement. I have no place to hang them on my house. Grog, if you can get get drip emitters to where you need them or use soaker hoses, that’s always a great idea in my book, especially were you live. You may also want to start propping up the pallet a bit more every couple days–sort of ease into the vertical position over another week or so. By laying them on the gound, the veggies would also be getting moisture from the ground. They have been inside & have not been used in probably 20 years or more. Watering from the top if the soil is consistent will make it’s way down to the bottom if you soak it. If you space each plant 6 inches apart that’s only 8 plants per row or 32 plants total. (a problem I had with a tall strawberry pot). Hey Johnny. In terms of mold or encouraging insects? Some are 5 ft. wide! or Should I just put in annually plants. I started palate growing with strawberries, basil, lettuce, peppers. I’d be interested in other opinions as well from those who make pallet projects. Good luck John. I want to use it on my deck rail so you can see the plants from outside the deck but also grow and pick things from the deck side as well. Help! Lay out the landscape fabric or cloth to cover the back and bottom and cut to size. Thanks so much! Don’t water yet due to the added weight. Thank you far a very interesting and informative site, keep it up ! And watering from the front should actually work too. If you water from the front, the water runs back out and doesn’t soak in, so the plants don’t get enough water and start to wilt. Please do let us know what you do and how it turns out. “… Since March of 2002, the IPPC (International Plant Protection Committee) has set guidelines for regulating wood packaging material in international trade. If so, plant them in containers in full sun and you’ll be fine. My question is, how do you water a vertical pallet garden so that all the plants receive enough water? They come in different shapes and sizes so don’t assume all pallets are the same. enjoy your new garden! Thanks Linda. Great comment and thanks for sharing. In fact, if you really got creative, you could go to town with this idea. On the front, you could add extra slats if you want to reduce the spacing even more. Follow Joe on Twitter. More than likely you should be ok considering the age of these pallets. In place of a landfill, a good pallet can be put to use for years as a vertical garden. Helpful. Also if you are concerned about cost of plants, lettuce, spinach and other greens are easy to start from seed and grow quickly. Manufactured in Canada by manufacturer code #01212 and treated for use with Heat-Treatment. But I’ve never seen one that has been embellished with lattice or artful cuts in the wood. I would stick with annuals and not worry about trying to over-winter plants if you don’t have them in a protected environment or live where it’s warm. Out here Marigolds r useless, they r eaten by the rabbits. See November 5, 2013 answer to Laura. Thanks for sharing this. In the square foot gardening method, they suggest to Only paint the outside, Never the inside, if you must paint. We needed to cut a 15.5” length to fill the pocket. we just have landscape fabric lining the openings for the soil. Let us know what you decided on. Shabby Chic Pallet Herb Planter. If the pallet IS pressure treated, couldn’t on line the whole thing with sheeting to prevent chemicals from leaching into the soil? What kind of plants work in a pallet garden? I plan on putting landscape fabric on the back and on the front and cutting slits for the plants. An Herb Garden Planter is a great little container garden project, and with a little help from Dollar Tree, and some a clever hack, we’ll show you how to create an easy rustic planter! Any scraps are PERFECT for the fireplace. I think your idea is fine. The plants were all in still but the bottom ones were covered with soil. But you’re saying you don’t have those? I have seen people using shoe organizers, but would there be a concern for chemical seepage into the veggies? Your cost is the same but it helps support this site and the fun freebies we share. He said if you go to a nursery you can ask if they have any pallets laying around and usually just give them to you depending on whether or not they’re decent people not money hungry. Caught the tail end of one of the TV show the other day and had to check it out online. I don’t know of a national site to buy them but someone should do that. If you answered the upper pallet, you’re correct! Do you have any pictures after the plants have grown & have vegetables? Read on for instructions on how to build a DIY vertical garden. Thanks..that was the conclusion I was coming to. They may need to finish growing inside. I mix it into hanging potted plant soils so they don’t dry out so fast here in the Oklahoma wind. In hindsight, I should have included this step in my instructions! Since I’ve never tried it, I can’t speak from firsthand experience though. Then read the square foot garden method so you can get a good start on your new garden. I know that I don’t need to permanently plant these yet, as they need to root. Strawberries in my buckets are good and lots of water needed for fruit. Mine causes so much spillage, I have sadly abandoned the project. Wayne, that IS a goldmine! They had a pallet making company, so all the wood was virgin, untreated and super clean. After all of the fabric is in place, fold and staple the inside of the pockets where they meet the vertical pallet boards. and it wouldn’t get the sunshine & air it needs. Here’s a great link to give you your options from the University of Illinois Extension department: Love the idea about using the pallet garden as a way to screen unsightly things behind it. Worse yet, we have wild rabbits in our yard, so a vertical pallet garden seems the best choice, but I don’t want to waste the bottom 2 rows. Within weeks, you’ll have a bounty of fresh herbs for your summer salads and barbecued burgers. It seems that watering from the top will make the top rows really wet, but does the water get down to the lower levels? It came out great and i left it over night well watered. Is this suitable? Three types of treatment that pallets may go through before they are put into use are Heat-Treated, Debarked, and Methyl Bromide. Herbs are great also. I don’t know of any suggested spacing between slats. pallet vertical garden It’s easy to upcycle an old pallet into a thriving vertical garden with just a few tools and materials. Anyway, I look forward to hearing back from you if you add a twist to the design. On the other hand, I don’t know many people that go to the trouble to narrow the spacing between rows on the front side. The pallet really pops when it’s painted. That could give you a lot more options and the roots would be able to grow more deeply as an added benefit. What a great find. Secure landscape fabric,  plastic and thin plywood to back. I have watch the show about pallet gardens ,I live in a unit with a balcony this saves me a lot of room. Joe, that stuff inside of baby diapers (when it is still clean – LOL!) I can’t think of a product name (maybe “Water Grabber”?) This is another vertical pallet garden. My concern too has always been the chemicals with vertical gardening and raised gardening. Would plastic tubes carrying water half way down to release help the plants on the lower level? I have a lot of very old & very heavy pallets where I work. I’m wondering if there is a recommended spacing for doing this? I’ve never done this though since there is plenty of ways for water to drain from the bottom of the pallet since there is so much space between the slats. You typically add a small amount to the soil and mix it in. How could we do this without the soil falling out? Sustainable Living and Organic Gardening PBS Series. Read your update about adding triangle feet. Do you think this idea has merit? Hi Joy. The solid backing is necessary mostly if you are mounting on a wall to provide protection. I am willing to try this method of gardening since I am unable to stay in a bent position. Just have one question, shall i make some holes on the botton of the pallet for the water To drain? I just used a … I have seen many and they look incredible–and a great way to accent or contrast a background color. However, you can grow varieties specially bred for containers such as Patio tomatoes and bush cucumbers. Some pallets have wood covering the bottom of the pallet, which will help prevent soil from falling out the bottom. Be sure to give all of the nails an extra tap in as well, just to ensure the pallet is as tightly constructed as possible. Any feedback on this matter is appreciated. Great tutorial! I don’t know how much upkeep you have time for Julia but filling a fence line with pallets will require a lot of soil and plants. The green beans (if they’re not pole beans) and peppers will do fine in the pallet. (Sorry about the 2016 citation, this article is about building a kick-butt pallet garden, not research into the pallet industry. You can figure out what treatment you pallet has by looking for the IPPC label, a standard mark on all pallets. With helpers holding the pallet in place, the third person can attach the brackets to the pallet. That can add a lot of weight. Don’t use ordinary garden soil or soil that is designed for planting beds, as it’s too heavy and won’t drain as well. Heat could kill them safely. I realize that may be way longer than you want to wait to showcase your pallet but if the soil issue is important to you, this should help a lot. As the plants fill out and the roots too, the soil will become more stable within the pallet and within 10 days or so, you can have it totally upright and should see much less spillage. This will let you know how to read pallet by reading the stamps: Dear all, does anyone have issues with dirt falling out of the pallet every time it rains or when you water it? It is very easy to grow your own pallet herb garden. Hi. Add a timber paling as a ‘shelf’ for each planter ‘box’ by nailing it to the underside. Once you have your pallet, you may need to make some adjustments to it prior to installing the planting pockets. The other thought would be constructing some type of frame that stands upright to support the pallet garden. Places trailing / vining crops like the cukes at the bottom and tall upright plants like tomatoes and peppers in the top section. Although you could plant out your pallet with it resting on the ground, placing it on a tabletop or sawhorses makes it easier to work with from a standing position. (Sorry about the 2016 citation, this article is about building a kick-butt pallet garden, not research into the pallet industry. Do you think these would be safe to use? Next add the thin plywood over the cloth and/or plastic and secure. Thanks for the kind words and so glad you love the shows! Once the plant fills out and the roots settle in, you should be fine Kris. It would be great to see these. help. Sure hope it turns out well. I live on the premises where i work and the gardens are lush. What kind of edibles work the best in a pallet garden? What ever you descide on, read through an extensive list of what not to give your rabbit to ensure you do not plant anything poisonous or something that will give them diarrhea. I bring my generator and corded saw to cut them to size. However, I am having a hard time watering. Thank you , Pat, Take three pallets ,place them in shape of I screw together ,A big garden small space, Nope- I build pallets, mine are just wood, not treated in any way. Fill the middle sections with leafy greens and herbs. 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