One project that has really inspired me on Pinterest is the making of a Pallet Garden. It’s a recycling project which is made from an old disused pallet. I have two pallets in the garage and it would be a great project to try out next year. I’m running out of planting space and I’m now thinking of vertical planting.
How to Make a Pallet Garden
I’ve always admired the different plants belonging to the Sedum family and this pallet garden would be a perfect way to display them. All together they could ‘show off’ their diversity in texture and form. From the pictures I found while on Pinterest I was able to find the original tutorial online “How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden”.
First you need to find a pallet that is in good condition. Watch out for old nails or sharp bits of wood that could damage your skin.
You just need to staple black landscape fabric to the back, bottom and sides of the pallet. As a result that holds the soil in place but still allows excess water to flow through the permeable material.
Keep your pallet flat on the ground and fill with soil. Then plant up with your selection of plants. You need to use lots of plants squeezed together as you don’t want any soil to escape once it’s turned on it’s side.
Be patient and leave the pallet on the ground for a few weeks so that the roots get established!
If you use sedum then make sure that each plant contrasts in leaf and texture with its neighbour. Herbs would work well too. Just make sure that there is really good drainage at the bottom of the pallet. You might need to pierce a few holes in the fabric at the base if it takes too long for excess water to escape.
Lean the pallet against a wall once the plants are established. Be careful with the watering as some parts of the pallet will dry out quicker than other parts.