How to Create a Pallet Garden in 5 Steps

There is something invigorating about fresh flowers. From the added oxygen, to the sense of life, to the responsibility of care, having flowers and plants are an all-around great idea. But sometimes we don’t have the most optimal yard for a garden or maybe we don’t even have a yard at all! Very few people think of apartment sized gardens beyond the scope of a small window box, but pallet gardens are so simple to make and fit on nearly any porch or patio!

Make the Most of Your Patio Space with a Pallet Garden!
Make the Most of Your Patio Space with a Pallet Garden!

Lincoln Property Company recently sponsored an episode of the video series: Make the Most of Your Space where you can see step by step instruction to guide you through the process of making your own pallet garden! If you’re interested in adding some color and life to where you live, here’s what you need:

  • Wooden pallet
  • Pry bar
  • Staple gun
  • Weed barrier (also known as landscape fabric)
  • Potting soil
  • Flowers

The video provides visual instruction, but here are the 5 easy steps on how to create a pallet garden:

Step 1: Remove every other board in the pallet

By removing every other board, you are creating more room for the flowers to grow. You don’t want a garden that is overcrowded.

Step 2: Cut the weed fabric to fit the width of the pallet.

Usually about 2-3 feet in width, the fabric needs to be cut to match the width of the pallet.  The fabric is going to create the pockets in which you put the soil and plants, so don’t worry about the length of the fabric quite yet.

Step 3: Feed the fabric through the pallet

Staple the fabric to the top bar of the pallet, and feed the fabric down the middle.

Step 4: Create pockets

Create a pocket for the first board of the pallet and loop the fabric back to the outside of the pallet. Make sure that the fabric pocket is deep enough for the flowers to root without being too deep that it interferes with the levels of flowers below. In general, keeping the pocket in line with the width of the board is a good balance functionally and aesthetically. Staple the fabric in place and repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining levels.

Step 5: Add soil, flowers, and more soil

Add soil into the pockets and plant the flowers as usual. Be sure to add additional soil after the flowers are in to fill any gaps or holes. Remember to pack the soil down tightly, as holes in the soil will limit the flower’s ability to root and grow.

The pallet garden can be completed in as little as 10 minutes and can be accomplished by almost anyone. For the craftier at heart, consider painting the pallet beforehand and stencil on some fun designs. The options are limitless, share this video and post with your friends and family, everyone needs a little more color in their lives!

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