If you are in a search of an interesting, unique way to start or expand your garden, pallet gardening may be just the thing. Read this text and learn how to create, lay out and maintain your own pallet garden.
This undertaking includes one pallet/skid, landscaping fabric, a staple gun, soil and seed starters. Be careful to provide a heat-treated pallet as opposed to any other style of treatment; painted or stained pallets let out chemicals that will inhibit your food from growing healthily thus affecting its quality.
Be careful when choosing the pallet size too because it’s important it fits your free garden space perfectly. This may sound as bit of a challenge but pallets come in different sizes and are quite easy to find so you should have no trouble finding just what you need.
Always inspect the pallet for any wood splinters or nails before starting, as these will render both designing and keeping your garden more difficult. Clear the pallet of any loose bits in advance.
As soon as your pallet is all clean and ready, spread your landscaping fabric on the back and sides of the pallet. The fabric should be held as tightly as possible to the wood so staple it to the skid and don’t hold back. If you feel like the one layer is too thin you can always opt for using two layers of fabric.
Before you carry on with the following steps make sure the fabric is done right and tight as it is meant to prevent soil leakage. This layer should be waterproof as much as possible.
This is the right time to find your pallet a permanent position as it will get really heavy in the following steps.
After the fabric is fastened tightly to the skid fill the pallet up with soil of your own choice. It’s always a good idea to double check first in case of leaky spots. Should there be any, seal them and move on.
When it comes to what type of soil to use, avoid regular, heavy garden soil as it will probably weigh the skid and fabric layer down, causing it to eventually leak.
Before you plant your seeds, fill in most of the soil and add the rest later as you begin to plant.
When you’ve placed the soil in firmly, start planting your vegetables, herbs or whatever you intend to.
Don’t hesitate to stuff them in there. Only make sure that each plant/seed is planted firmly in between each of the wooden beams on the pallet.
Since the design of the pallet allows you to label each plant on the wooden crossbeam closest to it, this makes an excellent method to keep track of your plants/seeds.
Give the layout of your pallet garden one last thought before watering the plants as soon as you’ve got the pallet filled with your seeds/plants. You should forget about repositioning the pallet once it’s watered as it will get quite weighty and messy. Once the soil becomes a bit less waterlogged, before the next watering, you still have the option to move it.