Creative Gardening: How to Make a Vertical Pallet Garden

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This is a creative & rather genius way to garden w/ vertical pallets. It's easy to do, fun, & beautiful in your yard #DIY #Gardening #ad #ForWhatMattersMost

Brace yourselves, for a ton of photos and a ton of excitement, because I love strawberry gardening!

Gardening is more Cassidy’s forte, as you probably know. Sometimes, he works hard at it, and sometimes he skips a year. No matter if it’s an on or off year, our strawberry plants still bloom every year – so ripe and red, organic and juicy, and sweet.

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Last year was an off year, and the original 150+ strawberry plants bloomed, but they had grown out of control, and we didn’t stay on top of picking them all in a timely way. We both had work, and the kids had camp. We traveled and went on road trips. It’s mostly my favorite part of the day – to go outside with a bowl or basket – and pick way more strawberries than we can ever eat. The overflow goes into fun recipes, or we gift whole pints or gallons to loved ones. It’s awesome – being this Strawberry Fairy. We decided this year is an ON year, and found a way to upgrade our overflowing plants.

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In 2013, we planted the 150 plants in boxes. It was an effective method, but not yet time-tested. The wood wasn’t pressure-treated (more on that later) and was starting to rot in the last year. The soil level was going down and we’d get critters – like moles, bugs, and slugs – coming up into the plants. The strawberries would rot before we could pick them.

As you can see from this below photo from when they were new, it was effective for a few years!

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This new method blows it out of the water! It is an easy-to-follow process, and you definitely get into a rhythm with the work, so you’ll want to be prepared to take on this sort of activity. Now that spring is really here, I find that activities and tasks are harder on our bodies. We’ve been out of practice! Not only that, this is WORK. It’s fun, rewarding, meditative, connective, and inspiring work – but you’ll want to figure out how to make it even better for you. For me, it’s a no-brainer.

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Perfect, right? I love how it inspires me to do even MORE gardening!

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Now here’s how to make your own vertical pallet garden! We used ours for strawberries, but you could do other plants too:

What You Need:

  • Pallets – we used ones that are 48″ high by 45″ wide. We asked for the bottom slats to be left off so they have 12″ of “post” which can go into the ground. If you are using reclaimed or “found” pallets, make sure they are not pressure treated. You can saw off the bottom slats or just leave them as is but put them on two-by-fours to have them sit stable on the ground. In those cases, you can skip the digging step (stay tuned for that here). How many pallets you use is up to you.

  • Weed barrier cloth – use any kind that allows water to pass through it. You need that so water passes from upper levels to lower levels. Cloth width must be as wide as your pallets – so we used 4′.

  • Stapler gun and staples

  • A level

  • Zip ties (24″+)

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What You Do:

1 – Cut fabric to length. Since these pallets are not pressure treated, they will eventually rot, but they will rot first where they meet the ground. To prolong their life, wrap the bottom row completely in weed cloth. The weed cloth for the bottom row is 32″. The other levels are all 16″.

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2 – Staple fabric to pallet along length of pallet slat. On each end, tuck the fabric in and staple to not leave any holes where water or soil could drain out. Once you get into the rhythm, they get easier to do.

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3 – Level the ground as best as you can. Lay out the pallet(s) and mark where you need holes. Dig 1′ holes. A pole digger helps.

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4 – Drop the pallets into holes and use level at top. Adjust as necessary. When you have it right, fill dirt in the holes and pack it down hard with your foot. If you are doing multiple pallets in a row, zip-tying them together once they are level provides excellent stability.

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5 – Fill all the levels with compost/potting soil and plant away! Water heavily after planting to establish.

*Tip: Because the weak point of non-pressure-treated wood will be where it meets the ground, once these are in you can (carefully) scorch the earth right at the contact point with wood. This may buy you several (or more) extra years.

This is a creative & rather genius way to garden w/ vertical pallets. It's easy to do, fun, & beautiful in your yard #DIY #Gardening #ad #ForWhatMattersMost

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And then, ENJOY!

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Now tell me – what would YOU plant in your vertical pallet garden? What projects do you tackle on the weekend?

Lastly, Happy Gardening!

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This is a creative & rather genius way to garden w/ vertical pallets. It's easy to do, fun, & beautiful in your yard #DIY #Gardening #ad #ForWhatMattersMost

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DIY Surprise “Exploding” Photo Album For Mother’s Day

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This beautiful exploding photo album looks like a paper box but it's actually a surprise! So easy to make. The perfect #MothersDay gift! #HallmarkForMom #ad

Honestly. This. It’s this. What I’m about to show you is SO COOL and SO MUCH fun! I wouldn’t let you down!

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I think you probably know by now about my awesome mom. My mom has been an artist/art teacher for about 40 years now. She expresses her thoughts, opinions, experiences and DREAMS through art. I used to be her art assistant and I’ve taken note of the projects the kids really took to the most, and I use them with my own kids. It amazes me how imaginative they are.

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Mother’s Day is sort of my jam. And I loved it long before I became a mom, but I’ll never forget that first Mother’s Day when I was pregnant with Scarlet. Cassidy gave me a surprise box! He decorated the outside of a beautiful box and filled the inside with ultrasound and maternity pictures. I was already about eight months along at that point, and had accumulated quite a bit of baby “souvenirs.” I loved his meaningful way of presenting them to me, and he also gave me a gorgeous card.

We will definitely circle back to that a few times!

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Also, you know that I’m a greeting card girl. I love to peruse the Hallmark Signature cards to pick out the PERFECT cards for any occasions – and sometimes it’s just to say, “I’m thinking about you!” Aren’t random greeting cards the best?? This isn’t random, though. My grandmother lived to age 100, and we’d send her a card and a plant every year. This year I nod my head to every wonderful mother I know – but mainly my sisters, sister-in-law, mom, and two mothers-in-law. My mom has always loved surprise boxes – big or little boxes filled with individually wrapped gifts. You never know what you’re going to get!

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She was visiting over the weekend and even though this is a gift for her, I used her amazing diligence and art direction. You’ll see her hands in some of the photos! Those are incredible hands – they have been making art for many decades. She helped me with the overall construction of the project – a surprise photo album disguised as a pretty paper box – but she didn’t see the final touches! The kids and I worked hard to pick out prints, cut them, glue them, and apply stickers, writing, and washi tape. They also helped to pick out Hallmark Signature Mother’s Day cards from Walmart. There’s an incredible selection:

Hallmark Signature Mother’s Day cards

Hallmark Signature Mother’s Day cards

So what do you make for the special mother in your life? How about an “exploding” photo album? It will be a big surprise to her, and she’ll be able to show off awesome photos of her family with this neat, pretty box. It’s portable and full of surprises!

I suggest a small gift on the inside, along with the photo album, and then a Hallmark Signature card on the outside!

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What You Need:

4-6 pretty pieces of 12″ x 12″ thick cardstock (two for extra, just in case)
Pencil, Ruler, Scissors, glue stick, X-ACTO blade or something similar
A bunch of your favorite photo prints – go crazy for the mom in your life
Patience, diligence, creativity, and help. Help is always good for DIY projects

What You Do:

1 – Start with the outermost layer, and use a pretty paper! We used flowers for ours! Mark your paper with your ruler every 4″ along the border. Then connect your marks with straight lines. The ruler is important for this part! It will look like a checkerboard when it’s done. This might have been the most time-consuming part of the project. I had help!

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2 – Now, make your “walls” of your box. Cut off the four corners of your “checkerboard” so that you’re left with this:

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3 – Fold your paper to create four walls, and make sure the pretty side is showing as the outside.

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4 – Now you’re making the inner layers. Layers! That’s what this is all about – to get that “exploding” part of the box. The layers will hold all your gorgeous photos. You’re going to make middle layers that are identical to the first one, but the measurements will get smaller each time. Get it? They all have to fit in each other! So trim your middle layer cardstock to 10.5″ x 10.5″. Then, mark your paper at ever 3.5″ all around the border to create a checkerboard like the 4″ one, but smaller!

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5 – Cut the corner and fold it into the first one! For the third inner layer, trim your paper to 9″ x 9″, and create your checkerboard with 3″ marks. Cut your corners again and fold up your walls. You should now have three layers.

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6 – Lastly, make your lid. Trim your final piece of cardstock/paper to about 6″ x 6″. Create a 1″ border around all four sides of the stock. Start at the bottom right corner of your cardstock and cut a vertical line up the horizontal line to make a “flap.”

Do this to every corner. There should be four, obviously.

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7 – Fold the cardstock along the inner border to create the sides of your box lid. You’ll have to glue your flaps to the sides. A final step would be to glue the bottoms of the layers together so the layers all fit nicely together and aren’t loose.

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8 – Here’s the fun part. Glue decorations. Cut up prints. Glue on prints. Make your photo album!

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9 – Make it so uniquely YOU! Stickers, ribbons, bows, expressive photos!

10 – Don’t forget to pick out a special Hallmark Signature card to accompany this photo album. Mother’s Day = Covered. There is nothing like sending a paper card and your loved one gets to hold it in her hands and know you picked it out just for her! You wrote in it just for her! Hallmark offers a wide range of gorgeous cards at Walmart. From Seasonal to Special Occasions, there’s a card for everything and everyone. The countdown is on! We have 16 days until Mother’s Day! That’s it!

Once again, Walmart is featuring a collection of NEW Hallmark Signature cards for Mother’s Day. This line of premium, handcrafted greeting cards will make you happy. I had a lot of fun picking out three special ones for moms in my life:

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Lastly, Des demonstrates how to “surprise” the Mom in your life with an exploding photo album:

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Happy Photo Album Making!