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How-To: Turn a Pallet Into a Vertical Garden

How-To: Turn a Pallet Into a Vertical Garden

Vertical gardens are all the rage these days, but buying everything you need for a decent looking setup can get quite expensive.  Fortunately, where there's a will there's a way (and a cost-effective DIY version): a space-saving vertical garden is as easy as finding a pallet!  

created at: 04/18/2011

Fern Richardson of the blog Life on the Balcony shares this tutorial for making your own vertical garden from discarded pallets*.  It's a pretty simple project that would be a great thing to tackle on one of these fine Spring weekends!  First, of course, you'll need your supplies:

  • 1 pallet
  • 2 large bags of potting soil
  • 16 six packs of annuals
  • 1 small roll of landscape fabric
  • staple gun
  • sand paper

After you've gathered everything you need and acquired a pallet, it's time to get down to business.  Check out Life on the Balcony for the full tutorial and some more pretty photos!

Meanwhile, what flowers and/or plants are you excited to plant this year?  Our yard needs some serious work, so I'll be hitting up the local nurseries pretty soon.  I can't wait!

*Fern makes a good point about pallets: if you're planning on growing anything edible, make sure you find a pallet that has been heat treated as opposed to fumigated.  There are nasty, nasty chemicals in the fumigated kind that could find their way into your veggies.

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Jack on Nov 28, 2015:

Not that I'll be using pallets in my home but I picked them up outside of a large outlet store in freezing weather. Would below freezing weather kill any potential bacteria? I also picked up a load of pallets from a cheese factory and my van smelt like curdled cheese for a few days. Maybe a coat of polyurethane or sealer would keep out potential bacteria. Or bleach. Anyhow, i'm not to concerned about the chemicals. Our foods are already poisoned as it is.


Altaner on Sep 24, 2012:

Tak for deling ..! Nice-Blog


CapreeK on Mar 05, 2012:

Thank you, Fern!


Fern @ Life on the Balcony on Mar 05, 2012:

Don--Actually, I have two pallet gardens leaning against my balcony walls and neither of the walls have been damaged in any way. One has been there for over a year, and the other will have been there for a year later this month.


Don on Jul 29, 2011:

Subtitled: How to turn a perfectly fine stucco wall into a rotted festering sore in one short summer.  But, hey!  You got tomatoes.


CapreeK on Jun 04, 2011:



Anon - There are pallets available that have been heat-treated rather than fumigated.  There is a link at the bottom of the post with more info on this.




Anonymous on Jun 04, 2011:

Pallets contain wood treated with chemicals. That type of wood  isn't supposed to used indoors or near gardens.


elseajane on Apr 18, 2011:

Yeah, I really like this idea too and talk about a great upcycle, one less thing to fill our landfills. The warning about the fungicide is really good too, I hadn't even thought of it. Hum...I can think of a couple of places for these and for the concret blocks too, I must get better weather soon. EJ


DesigningMom on Apr 18, 2011:

Oh wow, what an awesome idea. We have five of these from a load of block we got last summer. I was thinking of making a compost cube, but I like this idea better. I know, my bad. I should be composting.


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