I’ve spent an incredible amount of time outdoors this year.
Every day that it doesn’t rain is another day outside.
Forever and longer I’ve wanted to make a DIY Vertical Pallet Garden for Herbs and Veggies.
My curiosity is peaked to see if the veggies like zucchini and cucumbers and herbs will grow better and without predators picking on them?
Therefore, I set out to work, to create my own DIY Vertical Pallet Garden.
If you are curious, the project took about 1 hour to really put together.
However, if you are planning on sealing it (which I did) then you need to add a bit more time into the overall DIY equation.
Now, let me share what you will need to make your own DIY Vertical Pallet garden.
DIY Vertical Pallet Garden for Herbs and Veggies
There is nothing I love better in all of my recipes than fresh garden veggies and herbs.
As one who loves to plant, and then reap, I’ll be honest, it is totally gratifying to bring in my own produce.
So, first things first, let’s plant seedlings.
Once you have your pallet built, which costs ZERO Dollars you can then grow product on it, that cost no more than a few dollars to plant via seed.
If you think it is great to bring in your own produce from your yard, wait till you start a veggie or herb from a simple seed!
My Gardening and Containers for my Vertical Pallet Garden
A visit to the dollar tree is great for little seedling containers, but then you would be spending money!
Instead, take that water-filled bottle you drink from and cut them in half.
Obviously you will use the bottom half for planting.
Or, cut a can (watch your fingers) and fill it with potting soil!
Use strawberry plastic containers, blueberry containers, and egg cartons.
All of these are great ways to upcycle containers and yield seedlings that will turn into plants that then provide herbs and produce!
What Herbs and Veggies Do You Want In Your Pallet Garden?
You have to choose what you will use the most.
I always plant the following: basil, oregano, mint, Peppermint, Chive, Parsley, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Peppers.
This year I added in lemon balm and arugula too!
Find seeds at your local home centers like Home Depot and Lowes.
Also, Amazon has a pretty good selection and they get shipped RIGHT to your front door!
Pallet Construction of a DIY Vertical Pallet Garden
First thing first, clean the pallet.
I scrubbed mine down, using a hardcore bristle sponge and Dawn dish detergent.
Next, allow it to dry and set it upright to look at how you will do the project.
You want to decide the spacing.
Then, you need to take out some of the pallet boards, CAREFULLY because you are going to be fastening them back in.
Each board you take out, will be fastened back in creating a shelf.
You will also be cutting those boards to make them fit.
At most you will need some nails.
Once you determine the height of each shelf, you will most certainly remove the boards you don’t want in the spacing
Cut, fasten and make them into shelves from the back of the pallet.
Next, make sure that ALL other nails are hammered in tight, I suggest reinforcing with a hammer.
TIP for DIY Vertical Pallet Garden
Make sure you have a crowbar and a hammer, to pry those nails out of boards you are not using but recycling to become shelves.
Pallets are HARD to get nails out of and in, so plan on that during your attack, lol!
After some blood (just kidding), sweat, and tears (because prying the nails out was NOT an easy task!) I was done.
I borrowed my husband for a bit of help cutting so I could get done quicker.
Then, we hammered the boards back in and that was it!.
Overnight the pallet dried completely and I sealed with a stain I picked up at Lowe’s on clearance so the wood does not rot on me!
The backside of the pallet shelving.
Did you realize I did not make little boxes, therefore unless the planter fit exact, I would have a hangover and probably tip-overs of plants?
My solution which can be done about 100 different ways was a staple and rope, pretty tense across the back, yet with enough give to jiggle the planters.
The front side of the Pallet.
I affixed two half planters on the front of the pallet.
Each container has a veggie in it.
The shelves are currently in no certain order.
As my seedlings come along, I add them to new containers and to the shelves.
My plan is to drape the long vines cucumbers over the pallet and to string the zucchini up through the trees on a string.
Balancing The Pallet
To balance the pallet, I added 2 pieces of wood.
We had scrap wood laying around, so I used a series of 3 screws and plugged them in each side.
Had I not balanced this, I don’t feel that it would stand on the grass as I have it off our patio.