I mentioned in my first Wooden Pallet Vertical Garden post that there are some great vertical pallet garden tutorials out there already. Here is just my version with a step by step guide of how you can build a simple one too without needing to leave it laying on the ground to establish for a few weeks first (just because I can't wait). I do this by using shallow rooted plants and fully lining the inside of the pallet.
1. Gather your materials
- Planks of wood long and wide enough to cover the sides and bottom
- Builder's film (or landscaping fabric)
- Staple gun and staples
- Quality potting mix/soil
- Plants with shallow roots ... lots of them!
2. Line the pallet
3. Cover the sides and bottom
Drill some drainage holes into the bottom planks, making sure that it goes through the builder's film too. I put in about 12.
If you wanted to, you can give it a coat of paint at this stage. I kept my vertical garden as is for a rustic and natural look.
4. Position and secure it
Yours could sit on the ground leaning against a wall. Just make sure it's secured and safe so it doesn't fall over with a bit of a knock or gust of wind.
5. Fill it with soil and plants
Start planting on the bottom row and working your way up. Don't do what I did and plant in the ones at the very top first. I ended up needing to take them out as the soil sinks down over time.
Cut a small slit with a knife into the builder's film where you want the plant to go. Using a shallow solid rooted plant like the Oyster Plant makes it easier to do this with.
When you're done, water it in well over the next few days to help it establish it's roots.
6. Sprinkle with tender loving care and this is what you get after a few months
I haven't killed mine yet, so that's a good sign!
xo Miss Freckles