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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Creative Gardening: How to Make a Vertical Pallet Garden — 33 Comments

  1. I can’t even begin to imagine how long this took but it looks amazing. I’m all about my strawberries and getting them like this would be a dream. This also kind of reminds me of the way they grow plants at Epcot. We had grapes but with our nasty hurricane wind storm, it blew over our gazebo and they died. We plan on redoing next year, taking this year off. I may have to use that Tylenol Muscle Aches and Pains when we start our work on our own garden next year.

  2. Seriously, my hat is off to you both as I am really not a gardening person at all and sadly have a black thumb. But still looks amazing and thank you for sharing your gorgeous garden here with us!! 🙂

  3. This is AMAZEBALLS! I am showing this to Adam! We are about to plant our garden and now, he is going to have to build me one of these!

  4. I am so getting into gardening this year. Not that I am actually doing it, but more like reading about it and preparing for next year. I have a friend who is trying to get me to start one this year….we’ll see! Love this idea!!

  5. Wow that is so beautiful Tamara! I would love to make a smaller version of this as I really love to grow vegetables. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I would love to make a vertical pallet garden, now if only I could find a way to grow them in my apartment. These strawberries look delicious. Pallets are so versatile, you can do so many creative things with them. Thanks for the step by step directions Tamara. Have a great week.

  7. That vertical pallet garden looks awesome. I’m sure you would be really sore after creating this type of garden.

  8. These are beautiful and would go so well with my straw bale garden! I definitely need some tylenol – I’m so sore from prepping the garden last weekend! PS Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  9. This is such an uber-awesome idea! Wow. I will remember the pallet gardening for when we may have a little more space than we have now. However, even in our little townhouse front garden bed it would be possible with a half pallet. Hmmm – strawberries – yum!!

  10. What a brilliant tips and step by step! My mom always love seeing gardening tips. She would love that.

  11. This is such a neat idea! Especially if you are limited in space. I will be sharing this with my mother who is an avid gardener!

  12. How cool is that! I absolutely love this idea for gardening! Looks so ideal for growing strawberries. I am with you on the gardening and Tylenol is a sure go to for aches and pains!

  13. Wow! I super love that idea! Both hubby and I are not DIY’ers, but they seem so easy to make so maybe we’ll try creating some. Thanks for the tutorial.

  14. Absolutely love your idea of a vertical garden! This is such a creative way to use these pallets, and make use of your space, and you don’t need a lot of it with this technique!

  15. You guys are to be admired. I think often of doing this because that way I know that what I’ve grown doesn’t have a bunch of pesticides and stuff, but this is work! Bravo to you and Cassidy. The strawberries look delicious!

  16. Why can’t we grow strawberries here, boo 🙁 This is insanely awesome! Your Cassidy is brilliant. I guess i will just go ahead and grow my squashes instead… Hooray for Tylenol!

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