Photos of My Pallet Garden

by Fern on March 16, 2011

in My Balcony

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I replanted my pallet garden recently and thought I’d share some of the photos. Hopefully the white flowers (Candytuft) will fill in a bit more in the months to come.

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Kristen March 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

Oh, I love this. I’ve made planters out of pallet wood, but didn’t think to make the pallet itself a planter….is there a post on how you set it up?


Laura T March 16, 2011 at 6:26 am

Can you tell us a little more about how it’s constructed? As well as what plants you used? I love how much you got out of such a small space!


DeNacho March 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

too cool! love it! maybe i missed it but can you share photos/info on how you did it exactly? i’d love to try this but not sure how it all fits in there / stays put.


Fern March 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I’m going to make another pallet this week so I can photograph the steps. Check back next week for a tutorial! :-)

Sarah March 16, 2011 at 6:55 am

Oh, how cool is that?! I’m new to gardening. Would you mind sharing the names of the plants?

Just found this blog and I really love it. I’m in Dallas, starting my first ever garden on my balcony.


Fern March 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Sarah–The white flowers are Candytuft, and the green plant is sedum. I hope you’ll sign up for the message board (http://lifeonthebalcony.com/community) and share about your adventures in creating your first balcony garden.

Cassandra March 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

Is there an archived blog entry describing either how you made the pallet or where you bought it? It’s fabulous!


Fern March 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I found the pallet itself behind a supermarket. I’m going to post a tutorial next week about how to turn it into a planter.

Sue Langley March 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

What a great idea, and this would work in lots of gardens, no matter what size.


Katie March 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Oh, man! This is SOOOOOO cool. Really neat twist on the whole “garden up” thing, Fern! Also, this matches my aesthetic, and there are ALWAYS old pallets lying around my neighborhood. (Don’t ask.) I think I might try this!


E Cequeria March 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Brilliant!!! I’m new to the site – did you have directions on how you made the pallet garden base? I suppose you just put a backing on to create the space for the soil? Love your ideas!


Fern March 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I’m going to make another one so I can photograph the steps. Check back next week! In case you haven’t already, you can subscribe to my posts (http://lifeonthebalcony.com/subscribe) so that you’re notified when a new post is published.

Claire Splan March 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Fern, I really like this idea too. What’s on the back of the pallet? Solid wood or something else?


Fern March 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Hi Claire! It’s wrapped with landscape fabric.

Kerry March 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Great idea Fern. It looks beautiful!


Kristina R. March 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Love it! Can’t wait for the tutorial. I have a pallat in the garage just begging to be turned into something more useful that a spider web holder.


Erin March 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Fantastic! Will be keeping an eye out for your tutorial. Well done!


Justine March 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Can’t wait to see your tutorial. Love this, and I simply must make one!


Gwen March 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

really cool, clever, original, and attractive


shari March 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Hi Fern! This is amazing! And a perfect solution to the problem of an incredibly ugly fence that backs up to my very tiny pocket garden. Can’t wait to see how you pulled this all together. One question: is it very heavy? (I would hate to topple the barely standing fence I am thinking of having a pallet garden leaning against.) Thanks!


Laina March 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I just rescued 3 big pallets from the dumpter down the block and am eagerly awaiting your “how to” post. Moved to my new pad last fall and now that I’m done decorating the inside, I’m starting on my balcony. It’s a big space with a ton of potential, but partially shaded by 2 rather tall buildings. I’m used to vegetable gardening in a giant sunny backyard plot… so I’m a bit scared by all of the concrete and shade. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog. Thanks!


Kary March 17, 2011 at 5:59 am

I think you could make a little play house with this idea. How sweet that would be. ( Or a dog house) LOL


Ali March 17, 2011 at 6:02 am

I can’t wait to see the tutorial!! Such an awesome idea! I’d love to do one with herbs in it!


Kylee from Our Little Acre March 17, 2011 at 6:13 am

I love, love, love your pallet garden, Fern! I’m not sure where I’d put one of these here, but I’m going to see about doing it somewhere! I love this idea!


Fern March 20, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I’d love to see photos if you give it a try Kylee!

Sarah March 17, 2011 at 7:32 am

That looks really cool. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like that. I do have a question though. Do you have to hand water it or do you use some sort of Drip irrigation or timer?




Fern March 17, 2011 at 10:21 am

A drip irrigation system sure would be nice. But I don’t have any electrical outlet on my balcony. All of my plants, including the pallet, are watered by hand.

Candy Suter March 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Awesome Fern I can’t wait for the tutorial! This is so awesome. I could plant some awesome succulents in it!


jan March 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Fern, this is wonderful! I *so* want to do this on my balcony.

Been meaning to ask you: I LOVE stock and “antique” roses (live in Signal Hill, with a balcony that faces west). Is it possible for me to grow stock and/or roses?


Fern March 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Jan–Stock is a definite YES! Antique roses are more of a challenge. In my experience, any of the more vigorous roses (like antiques) tend not to be as happy in a pot as they are in the ground. If you’re going to give it a go, look for the biggest pot possible, something in the half wine barrel size or larger. Use premium potting soil, and be generous with fertilizer. I’d fertilize at half strength every two weeks during the growing season, starting two months after planting.

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larsshalom March 20, 2011 at 9:40 am

wow what fun


TaraMcK March 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Do you think this would work with herbs?


Fern March 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Tara–I would proceed with caution with any edible. It’s not clear to me whether pallets are treated with anything that might leach into the soil (and then be drawn up by the edible plant, eventually getting eaten by you).

Nancy March 25, 2011 at 5:27 am

I stumbled upon your site and what a dream come true! I saw a succulent display from a pallet and fell in love. I brought a pallet home from our business only to not really know how to get the job done. That pallet is just screaming for me to make her pretty. I can’t wait to hear your tips and how to. What a gem of a site. I can’t wait to get a lesson! :)


Fern March 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Nancy–I hope you saw the tutorial: How to make a pallet garden.

Amanda March 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I’ve put together a round up of great garden projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here

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Fern March 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Thanks Amanda!

180360 March 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm

What a great idea and certainly much more economical than most vertical gardens on the market right now!


renee April 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

it there a way to modify this design for indoor use? I have a mess of indoor plants that need to be more organized :s


Ellen May 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Do you know of a way to test the pallet for chemicals, so it could be used for veggies?


Fern May 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Nope, sorry! The best way to go is to find a pallet that was stamped with the appropriate marking indicating that it was heat treated, not chemically treated.

Suzie Dyer June 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

Hi: I made one of these this past weekend, but I am a little concerned about the landscape fabric supporting the weight of the potting soil, it seems soooooo heavy. Have you had a problem with that? Did you nail any kind of wood to the back or bottom to keep the dirt from ripping the landscape fabric?


Fern June 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

Hi Suzi–I have two pallet gardens, one is about a year old, and the other I made for this post. Neither has had a problem with the landscape fabric tearing otherwise failing because of the weight of the soil and plants.

DollarSeed June 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

Fern, this is an awesome project that anyone with little skills can do. I read a few of the other posts, and seen many wanting to grow herbs. A regular pallet has not been treated, and can have all kinds of wood borer’s and such living in them, so they would not work well for edibles. An alternative for edibles is to use a Heat Treated Pallet. These generally all have a burned in stamp that states “HTP” and the date they were treated.
If someone were to want to grow herbs from seed, they would need to leave the pallet laying on the ground until the seeds have all germinated and start to grow healthy roots to hold the dirt in place. This too would also work as a raised bed, but you’d have to put fabric across the top side of the pallet too, to keep the soil in the “box”.
Dave DollarSeed.com


gill July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

fern…u wonderful…i like your idea


Robert August 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Do a double sided by looping weed mat inside the pallet and fillind with potting soil and then cut slits to shove in plants. hang and enjoy.


Lisa January 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Hi, I think this is a great idea! I am looking forward to the spring and I will start my hunt for pallets. One concern I do have is, what does the wall behind the pallet look like!? I would think it would be badly stained from the potting soil. Somehow I can’t image that the two layers of fabric hold back the “dirty” water?


Caitlin February 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

First of all, I love your blog!! OK, I’ve been thinking about making a pallet garden for some time now (like since you wrote this post), but haven’t gotten the energy or guts to get it done. I think I’m ready now! The only problem is that I have some succulents that I have been keeping for many years now and I care about them very much. Do you have any tips to ensure success? Also, if one starts not looking so good, how will I remove it without harming the root system? Thanks so much!


Fern February 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

Hi Caitlin! Most succulents are easy to transplant, they don’t mind their roots being disturbed.

Pat Padavana April 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I saw a picture of the Pallet garden and thought what a great way to grow my favorite plants in one place. I live in the country and this will fit right in on the hill.


Stephanie May 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I love this idea but I have a more unusual need. I have a hard time bending due to back issues but I love to garden. I want to make a 30 inch tall planter box that I can plant herbs and veggies in. I have searched the web and can not find anything using old pallets. Anyone have any ideas?


suse May 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I recently did a few upside down gardens and used as suggested by others, to use coffee filters around the plants or if the plant comes in a recycle able cardboard container you can keep it in that, or use those moss or another material they use for making hanging gardens


Suzanne August 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

I really like this pallet garden idea. Can you post some instructions on how to create one?


Trevor December 7, 2012 at 4:55 am

Hi Fern,

We are working on a book about gardening for kids and we love your pallet garden. Would you be interested in allowing us to use a photo of it in our book?

The book will be published by Heinemann and produced by Six Red Marbles

Please shoot me an email because we would love you have your garden in our book.



Trevor December 7, 2012 at 4:57 am

Forgot to add my email I’m not sure if you can see it.


http://www.howtofindppl.com February 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
Regardless, just wanted to say great blog!


Kelley Combs February 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Would Strawberries work planted like this? I would really like to try Strawberries this way!


Gabriela June 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Once you stand the pallet up all the dirt goes to the bottom, how do you stop this?


Fern June 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

If you follow the directions I’ve posted here and firmly pack the soil in, it does not all settle in the bottom. :-)

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