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Sep 09

Learn How To Make A Vertical Garden From A Wooden Pallet

How To Make A Vertical Garden from A Wooden Pallet (courtesy of JaniesKitchen.com)

This is Chef Janie Pendelton, and today we’re headed back outside into our garden, and we’re gonna create a really fun project! This one is going to be made out of pallets, so if you’ve got some pallets laying around and you didn’t know what to do with them, come on, I’ll show you what to do! And, you’re gonna love this project!

OK, the first thing you’re gonna need is a pallet.

The 2nd thing you’re gonna need is some landscape fabric.

Now, we’re just gonna use the drill here. We’re gonna pre-drill a hole, because these pallets are usually made of oak or ash or some sort of tough wood. And, what you want to do is, you want to pre-drill a hole. We’re just gonna use these nails. They’re coated, so they should be alright. They’re the same thing you use on plywood siding. And what we’re doing here is, we’re just going to fix the pallet where it’s split and it’s broken. Like right here, we’re just gonna fix it where it’s split and it’s broken here. We’re just fixing this, and so that way, it won’t fall apart on us when we water this and get this wet.

You’re also gonna need some staple guns and some ¼ inch staples and a pair of scissors.

Now, we’re just gonna take our felt and we’re going to double it, and we’re gonna take the folded edge here and we’re going to line this up almost to the top. And then, we’re gonna put a couple of staples in this all the way down. OK, we’re just gonna add staples to this all the way across.

OK, and once you’ve got this stapled really well, we can put this back down. And we’re just gonna staple this down to the other side. You can see here my landscape fabric isn’t wide enough for the length of our pallet. So, what we’re going to do is we’re going to find this last board here…hear it? OK, and we’re gonna line the roll up here, so that way, it’s up against the top section of this, alright? And, we’re gonna staple this roll onto this.

Now, what we’re gonna do here, is we’re gonna add another 4 or 5 inches to this, and we’re gonna cover the bottom, and that’s gonna hold our dirt in the bottom. Now, if you like, you can put a plank board across the bottom here if you have to. But that’s not really necessary, ’cause doubling this up – it’ll hold the dirt!

OK, once you get this side stapled and you’ve got your 2nd piece on, go ahead and flip this up on its top. OK, now, once you’ve got this flipped on its top, we’re just going to take the double layer of fabric here, and, we’re just going to fold it over the front and we’re gonna do a nice fold. This will hold that dirt in. And this will allow water to escape down beneath our deck, as well. So, you ready to do a military bed fold on this, John? You’ve got the idea, right there! OK, now, we’re just folding the end over. We’ve cut the excess off, we’ve given it a tuck, and we’re gonna finish stapling across the top, anywhere there’s wood….clear across here…because this is gonna hold a lot of weight! That’s why we’re doubling the fabric and that’s why we’re putting in a lot of staples.

Alright – now, we’ve got this covered, leaving the top open for plants and leaving the face open for plants, and, what we’re gonna do now is we’re gonna finish stapling wherever this meets wood on the back side. Now, we’re just going to staple where our fabric seams meet on that back piece of wood. And, then we’re gonna staple anyplace else where fabric meets wood.

While he has finished stapling this along all the back boards, just to make sure the dirt doesn’t run down through the back, I’ve got this leftover piece of material, here. And I’m going to sew these together, and this is what I’m going to use to make the wreath for my front door…and that will be our next video!

OK, we have this all stapled. Now, we just have to flip it over, fill it with topsoil. OK, so here we just have a little bit of potting soil mix…we have our compost and we have a little bit of builder’s sand. We’ve blended it all in the wheelbarrow together, and now we’re just going to…we’ve laid this pallet on its back, and we’re just gonna fill in the slots. We’re gonna pack this not too full, because there’s a lot of dirt in our plants. And we want to fill it in evenly, so just put a shovel in each slot, so that way, we know we’ve got a good, even mix in there.

OK, now, we’ve got this all filled up with dirt and we’ve made sure to pack the bottom really well, so the dirt doesn’t collapse in to it too much. And then, we’ve left the top open a little bit more, and when we stand this up, to put the plants into it at an angle, we’ll fill the top in with more dirt here.

OK, we have azaleas in all colors, we have orange thyme, we have greek oregano, we have baskets of all kinds of flowers in here. From purple geraniums – some of these neat, new geraniums they’ve been breeding – to the trumpet vines. We have…not impatiens, but petunias of all different colors. We just have a variety of a lot of small-flowering, small-leaved plants.

OK, so, let’s start with these really pretty, purple lobelias here. We’ve got a couple of fresh thymes here – oohh, we have orange thyme! And, this is a unique sage…it’s called Golden Sage. And, here we have a curry plant. This will give it a nice, kind of a frosty color, to our wall garden. OK, so this will be our herb section, and I love, I love this thyme, this French Thyme. Look how it trails!

OK, so just continue to do this, and we’re gonna fill this in, uh, any way you like it! OK, we’ve got our blue and white lobelias, we’ve got all kinds of oreganos and rosemary and we even have curry. We have pineapple thyme…we have all kinds of things buried in this next row, and plenty of things left. So, we’re gonna start with the next row, which is gonna be a purple lobelia. And, we just planted this deep purple lobelia. We have a row of all of our herbs, and we have the white and light blue lobelia. Now, we’re gonna do another layer of herbs.

OK, we’ve just done another row of herbs, and we have 2 more rows left to plant. Then we’re gonna be sitting this upright and planting like a planter box at the top. We’ve got another row of baby blue lobelias, and now, we just have to finish this last row.

OK, now that we have this bottom section of our pallet planted, what we’re going to do now is, we’ve filled in a little bit more dirt up here at the top, and we’ve made a small planter up here, and we’re gonna go ahead and add the rest of our flowers. Now, what we’ve done is we’ve taken our hanging basket plant that we got for free, that they gave us at the greenhouse, and we’ve split this up into several sections. And we’re just going to plant this hanging basket flower, like so, OK? And, you can do what you want at the top. You can even put some vining plants, and let this vine on up the lattice, if you like. But now, this thing is really heavy, and the best thing to do is to water this and let this grow for about 3 weeks to 4 weeks, laying on its back. Now, we’re not gonna do that because of the type of flowers we have in the top, but you really should. And, you can let this grow on the ground, just flat, if you have a bedding place for it, as well. But, we’re gonna go ahead – and, if you want to, you can even line this with some landscape fabric on the inside and just cut your cross holes. But, I just packed it tighter. And you can see, it’s holding the dirt.

So, what we’re gonna do now is we’re just gonna finish planting the planter. We thought about putting a tomato plant in there – what do you think? No? OK, we’re gonna put flowers in there, then! OK, so we’re gonna go ahead and finish putting our flowers in. Are you ready? Whew! It’s very heavy, isn’t it?

OK, now we have this planted on the top section of the planter. And, what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna give this a very thorough watering. Now, you can run some sort of irrigation system, some drip hoses down through here, if you like. You can do this at any point in time. Just drill some holes in the side and run your drip irrigation in. That’s probably what we’ll have to do, because there’s no way you’re gonna be able to water these top ones and have it soak all the way through…it’s not possible. I mean, at least, it doesn’t look that way, so…the best thing to do is to, lay this, like I said, on the ground or at an angle, and water it real well.

We have 52 plants in this bottom section and then we have 3 plants at the top. And, this is not only beautiful, but also edible! So, this is Chef Janie Pendleton, out in the garden. Give this a go – A Pallet Planter – Enjoy!

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