I have to admit, every time I catch a cooking show on TV and see the host gracefully snip some fresh herbs out of their garden to cook with, I get a little envious. Because let’s be honest, using fresh herbs instantly kick-ups the deliciousness of your cooking, and it is really healthy for you, too! The only problem with this dream is I don’t think my cute little bunny neighbors will allow the growing of lush herbs at ground level. Luckily, there is an answer. A vertical pallet herb garden!
If you haven’t seen a vertical garden before, fear not. I will show you how to have your very own vertical garden using a pallet in this tutorial.
Remember to always follow standard safety guidelines when using or operating hand and power tools!
For this project you will need:
• One large pallet
• Extra pieces of pallet planks
• One 2×4 plank cut into 4 sections (2) 3 ft long, (2) 1 ft long
• Garden fabric
• Nails and screws
• A hammer, rubber mallet, saw, sander, drill, scissors
• Outdoor stain
• Variety of herbs and plants!
Step 1: Prep the Pallet
To start, clean the pallet wood and let it thoroughly dry in the sun. Using a solution of dishwasher detergent and water is easy and works really well. Then, determine what end of the pallet will be the top of your vertical garden. Then decide if you need to take any planks out based on how deep you would like each section to be. I lucked out and only had to remove one board to make room. I just used the opposite end of my hammer to knock the plank out. In the end, I ended up with four levels to my vertical garden.
Step 2: Sanding
Give all the pallet boards a good sanding, to prevent getting any slivers while gardening.
Step 3: Staining
I got a tad excited about how this was coming together already, so I started staining at this point, but the staining can take place before or after the next step.
Step 4: Assemble Garden Boxes
Now it’s time to cut and fit extra pallet wood planks into the pallet frame to create your garden boxes. Since pallets are all unique in shape and size, I measured and cut each space to make sure I had the best fit. Using a rubber mallet, I hammered the wood into their respective spots.
Step 5: Secure
To ensure that your wood pallet frame is completely secure, use a drill to drill into the sides of your pallet. Then use a nail or a screw to attach the wood planks together.
Step 6: Create the Legs
Every vertical garden needs a solid base to hold it securely in an upright position. To construct this portion of the project, cut 2×4 wood planks into four pieces: (two) three feet long and (two) one foot long. The longer pieces will run perpendicularly to your pallet frame, and the shorter pieces will brace everything all together. Once you have all four of your pieces cut, cut the ends of the shorter pieces to a 45 degree angle as shown in this image.
Step 7: Attach Legs to Frame
After Step 6, I made an additional cut off the top of the 45 degree brace so it didn’t peek through the back of the garden frame.
Next, screw the legs together and attach them to the base to the frame.
Step 8: Insert Garden Liner
Place garden fabric on the inside of your plant boxes using your staple gun. This will make sure your soil and plants stay intact for the long haul. Once you’re done installing your garden fabric, its time to fill your boxes with planting and potting soil.
Final Step: Plant Your Herbs!
Now for the last (most rewarding) step…planting your plants! I decided to go with a variety of plants to really up my cooking game.
Have questions or comments about this project? Leave them below! I would love to hear from you!
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