DIY Vertical Pallet Garden

Angie Holden
Written by Angie Holden
Updated June 1, 2017
Create a vertical garden out of a pallet for a rustic twist. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Make a DIY vertical pallet garden for your backyard this summer

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Whether you want to create a DIY vertical succulent garden indoors or you want to add some color to any outdoor living space, a vertical garden is an inexpensive way to do so. If you can find a free pallet, you too can have a rustic garden addition to your outdoor decor. Mix up the plants and colors to be any combination that you love. Any flower and even most vegetables will work in this DIY vertical pallet garden project.

As the summer progresses, beautiful flowers will fill the pallet and create a completely covered vertical garden. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

What supplies are needed for this vertical pallet garden?

  • Pallet (any size will work)  • Saw (only if pallet is too large)  • Landscape fabric  • Staple gun and staples  • Potting soil  • Plants  • Scissors

Check local businesses for pallets for your vertical garden. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

How to build this vertical pallet garden?

Start by finding your pallet. You can usually find free pallets around businesses. You might even have one around your home from a delivery.

Not having any luck? Try looking for a business near you that builds pallets. They may have old pallets that they are willing to sell or even give you. If the pallet is too large for your space, just use a saw to cut it down to size. I find that a reciprocating saw makes quick work of this task, but a handsaw will work in a pinch.

Next take landscape fabric and cut it to the size of your pallet using scissors. I buy the premium landscape fabric for durability but any should work for this project. My roll was not large enough to cover my entire pallet at once, but that is okay - we will take care of that in a minute!

Cut your landscaping fabric to size and staple it onto the pallet. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Add the landscape fabric to the back of the pallet. Wrap it around the sides of the pallet slightly and staple well. You want as many staples as you can get into the fabric so it will hold once filled. Leave some excess fabric and trim with scissors after stapling. Repeat on the opposite side pulling the landscape fabric tight as you staple.

Be sure to staple the fabric securely to the back of the pallet. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

To finish the other two sides, cut an additional piece of landscape fabric if needed. Once again, you will be stapling on the sides. All pallets are different but you want to make sure once all of your fabric is secured that the entire bottom of the pallet is covered and that it will hold dirt with only the openings in the top. Secure this second piece to the bottom of the pallet using staples as well.

Repeat this process on the fourth side to completely enclose your pallet. Put some staples into the boards in the bottom of the pallet as well to ensure the potting soil stays in place once you go vertical with your garden.

Add landscaping fabric to the side and add plenty of staples. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Lay your pallet face up on the ground and fill the entire thing with potting soil.  In my case, I used two and a half bags for this project.

Fill the enclosed pallet with potting soil. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Next add in your plants to the areas between the slats. Again you can add flowers as shown, but small vegetable plants work in this case as well.  

Fill in the open spaces with full flowers or your favorite plants. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Water your plants well. A DIY vertical pallet garden works best when left horizontal for about a week. This will allow the roots to establish and the dirt to settle well. Then you can pick up the entire thing and lean it against a wall or any other vertical surface.

Let your plants sit horizontally for the roots to take hold for about a week. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Remember you will have to water this vertical garden regularly. The landscape fabric will hold in a little moisture but it is designed to allow for drainage. Watering frequently will give your plants the best chance.

Landscaping fabric doesn't retain much moisture, so be sure to water your plants regularly. (Photo courtesy of Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage)

Add a vertical pallet garden to your home this year. This simple weekend project is perfect for those that love rustic decor. Not a fan of the raw wood? Paint your pallet before getting started. This will give you a bright and colorful base to really set off your plants.

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