Pallet Gardening

Pallet/Tray Garden

Reusing pallets for easy gardening/planting.

I am excited to share this simple idea as inspired by Pinterest- using a pallet as a garden. This is a simple garden project, and is perfect for apartment living or easy access to herbs if kept close to the house.

This is an easy project and does not take very long. All you will need is a pallet, landscaping fabric, scissors, a staple gun, hammer, and nails, a saw, and of course soil for your plants. You can also put random items in the trays, like something from your garden collection, whatever's clever.

I will show each step, with pictures, as I am a visual person, and maybe inspire someone to make their own garden. To sum up the whole process, we basically took off every other board on the pallet, then cut them to fit as a "base" to create trays on the pallet. It sounds confusing to me, and I know what we did, so I hope the pictures will help! :)

Of course, if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment.

Step By Step

Step 1: Remove every other board on the pallet (on the front side, or the top, as shown in picture). By doing this, we will create more open space for the plants, and less dirt will be used to fill the pallet.
Step 1: Remove every other board on the pallet (on the front side, or the top, as shown in picture). By doing this, we will create more open space for the plants, and less dirt will be used to fill the pallet.
Step 2: With the boards you have removed, measure a "base" for each row of the pallet. The base is what will be the bottom of each tray, so figure out which end of the pallet is the top and bottom, then mark your boards.
Step 2: With the boards you have removed, measure a "base" for each row of the pallet. The base is what will be the bottom of each tray, so figure out which end of the pallet is the top and bottom, then mark your boards.
Step 3: This step is cutting the boards with a saw. There's my hero! He used a right angle to cut a straight line, but keep in mind that pallets are not perfectly straight. :)
Step 3: This step is cutting the boards with a saw. There's my hero! He used a right angle to cut a straight line, but keep in mind that pallets are not perfectly straight. :)
Step 4: Nail the bases on the pallet perpendicular to the back boards.. It may be hard to tell, but we have our bases nailed in for each row, so a total of 9 bases.
Step 4: Nail the bases on the pallet perpendicular to the back boards.. It may be hard to tell, but we have our bases nailed in for each row, so a total of 9 bases.
Step 5:Once they are nailed in, lay the pallet facedown. Notice how the bases were nailed on. Grab your landscape fabric and staple gun.
Step 5:Once they are nailed in, lay the pallet facedown. Notice how the bases were nailed on. Grab your landscape fabric and staple gun.
Step 6: Lay out the fabric on the back side. Make sure you cover what will be the bottom of your pallet, just to catch the dirt that may fall through the cracks. I had to overlap the fabric to cover the whole thing.
Step 6: Lay out the fabric on the back side. Make sure you cover what will be the bottom of your pallet, just to catch the dirt that may fall through the cracks. I had to overlap the fabric to cover the whole thing.
Step 7: Use your staple gun and shoot away! Use your best judgement, and have fun!
Step 7: Use your staple gun and shoot away! Use your best judgement, and have fun!
Step 8: Once you're done, pull it up and admire your handy work!
Step 8: Once you're done, pull it up and admire your handy work!
Here is a top view to show the tray. The base is the bottom piece for each "cubby". Pretty nifty, huh?
Here is a top view to show the tray. The base is the bottom piece for each "cubby". Pretty nifty, huh?
Again, I could not take enough pictures, I was so proud! Of my boyfriend, of course. ;)
Again, I could not take enough pictures, I was so proud! Of my boyfriend, of course. ;)
Tah Dah! The next step is to plan out what you want and fill the trays with dirt, and voilah, a garden!
Tah Dah! The next step is to plan out what you want and fill the trays with dirt, and voilah, a garden!

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Romanie Ritchie 4 years ago

That is so cool. What a great idea. Great job.

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