“Damn it! I stapled my finger!” - Me
I love gardening. And now, I have my own home! This spring and summer are our first as homeowners. We are slowly but surely making our home more ours every month. Now that Spring is officially here I wanted to ensure we were outfitted with an exquisite garden. I also wanted to try some things I have not done yet in my agricultural career. Maximizing space (and possible mobility?) is important to me so I did some research on how I can get more vegetation per square foot and pallet gardens seemed like a modern new gardening technique to try.
Pallets are cheap, if not free, and they are typically the correct root depth for more shallow-rooted plants, like herbs, when laid flat or stood up. I attached some photos and details below if you want to give it a try!a
Take your pallet and lay that bastard down on the ground. Wrap the gardening fabric (I got mine for $5 at Dollar General) around the back, sides and bottom of the pallet. You want to make sure the fabric is tight. Now - Staple the crap out of that thing. Pretty sure I used half a box of staples and I did 3 layers of fabric around the back, sides and bottom of my pallet.
Once you have multiple layers of fabric on your pallet it should look something like this along the back and 3 sides of it. You can now lay it down and fill it with soil and your seed or starter plants.
I found it was easiest to lay the pallet down and fill it with soil, then put my starter plants in and then prop it up. Whatever works for you.
I plan on getting few more starters herbs in there. I like the mobility of this type of garden. We have only been in Nashville for a few months and I am not sure how much sun my backyard will get since we have a few trees back there. This garden can be moved pretty easily if it is not getting enough sun. Let me know how yours turns out!
Wood Pallet - You can probably get one for free on a local Wal-Mart or Mall loading dock.
Staple Gun and a SHIT load of staples.
Roll of garden fabric
3-4 bags of top soil
Herb seeds or herb starter plants