DIY FREE Pallet Garden In 4 Easy Steps + Seed Giveaway!

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DIY FREE Pallet Garden In 4 Easy Steps + Seed Giveaway!

It’s all the craze lately (and honestly I don’t know what took us so long), the art of re-purposing pallets. If you’re a Pinterest   junkie like I am then I’m sure you’ve seen all the amazing uses for pallets. My favorite use of all time? The DIY Pallet Garden! I can show you how to make your own instant garden in just four easy steps!

DIY FREE Pallet Garden In 4 Easy Steps

It kills me to think how many thousands of these idea-inspiring pallets went into the landfill and started bonfires over the last 80 + years.

One inspiration I am truly fond of is pallet gardening. We live on the east coast on less than 1/3 acre with lots of shade and poor soil. In pursuit to live a sustainable lifestyle we have tried almost every form of gardening; traditional rows, container gardening, raised beds, vertical gardening, hydroponic gardening, you name it I’m willing to give it a shot.  Some of the methods were very expensive and the rewards did not compensate for the cost of production. Then I found it, Pallet Gardening (insert angels singing here)!!!

With pallet gardening you do not need a lot of space or soil, it is a great garden for renters too because you don’t disturb the existing soil. As a bonus, one can find pallets for free almost on every corner.

What you will need to plant your Easy DIY Pallet Garden

Where to find pallets and what to look for

While pallets can be found free on every corner, not all pallets are created equal. When shopping for these free treasures there are a couple of things you need to look for to make sure they are safe for use in the garden you are going to want pressure treated and not chemical treated.
Click on this link for the guidelines 

Places you may be able to find free pallets

  • Grocery Stores
  • Landscape businesses
  • Nursery’s
  • Furniture Stores
  • New Construction sites
  • Lumber yards
  • Craigslist

Instructions for starting your DIY Pallet Garden

  1. Locate a place in your yard that gets 6-8 hours of sun a day, is close to a water source, and heavy traffic.
    If you don’t walk by your garden daily you are likely to forget about caring for your plants.
  2. Clean your pallet with a scrub brush, soap and water
  3. Using your staple gun, staple the filter cloth to the bottom of the pallet and the two open ends
  4. Flip pallet over with filter cloth on bottom and place in desired location, you can not move the pallet once the soil is in place so chose location wisely
  5. Fill pallet with soil mix * and brush with broom until soil is pushed under all the slats
  6. Sow your seeds
  7. Water and enjoy!!

As I said before our soil here by the coast is poor, so when we plant a garden we have to add our soil. I have had great success with this soil mix but you can use any mix you are happy with.

What can you plant in your pallet garden?

More like what can’t you plant  in your pallet.
As you will see, the pallets are not very thick in-depth so you will not be able to plant any root vegetables, fruit trees, or deep-rooted vegetables.

Some ideas of pallet crops (but not limited to)

  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Collards
  • Bok Choy
  • Radish
  • Green onions
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Strawberries
  • Melons
  • Peppers
  • Flowers
  • Herbs of all types
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash 
  • Zucchini

and so much more!!!

Where to get Your Seeds? 

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has generously offered to give one of our readers his or her choice of ten seed packets from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds website or their printed catalog.

The giveaway begins Monday, March 5, 2018 at 5:00 am Central Time, and ends on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 11:00 PM Central Time, and is open to US residents age 18 and over. Giveaway Tools will choose a random winner. We will notify the winner who will have 72 hours to respond. If the winner fails to respond a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be shipped directly to the winner by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Enter using the form below. After completing each entry option be sure to come back here and click “I Entered” so your entry will be valid. Good luck!

 

 

How we built our Pallet Garden for FREE

  • Pallets were free from a local landscapers.
  • Compost manure was free from a local chicken farmer
  • Peat moss I had from last year
  • Neighbor gave me a left over bag of top soil
  • Plants were volunteers from our compost pile
  • The only cost I had this year was the filter cloth which I bought for $5.00 at dollar general and it covered two pallets
  • Even if you can’t score the freebies like we did you should still have less than a $20.00 investment. Not bad for fresh, all natural home-grown produce

Coastal Soil Mix Recipe

Mix equal parts: 

  •  Organic Manure (we use chicken and turkey)
  •  Peat Moss or Coconut Husk
  •  Organic Compost (or top soil is fine)

Depending on how many pallets you are planting will determine how much soil you will need. Without exact measurement I was able to fill one pallet with (1) wheelbarrow full of my mix.

How does your pallet garden grow??

#1 Staple filter cloth to the bottoms and sides of your pallets

It's all the craze lately (and honestly I don't know what took us so long), the art of re-purposing pallets. If you're a Pinterest   junkie like I am then I'm sure you've seen all the amazing uses for pallets. My favorite use of all time? The DIY Pallet Garden! I can show you how to make your own instant garden in just four easy steps!

 

#2 Mix Soil

It's all the craze lately (and honestly I don't know what took us so long), the art of re-purposing pallets. If you're a Pinterest   junkie like I am then I'm sure you've seen all the amazing uses for pallets. My favorite use of all time? The DIY Pallet Garden! I can show you how to make your own instant garden in just four easy steps!

 

#3 Place pallet where you want it and add soil.
Use a broom to push soil in all the nooks and crannies

It's all the craze lately (and honestly I don't know what took us so long), the art of re-purposing pallets. If you're a Pinterest   junkie like I am then I'm sure you've seen all the amazing uses for pallets. My favorite use of all time? The DIY Pallet Garden! I can show you how to make your own instant garden in just four easy steps!

#4 Add your plants to your pallet, water and watch them grow!

More Garden Goodness! 

I’ve teamed up with six of my favorite bloggers to bring you a giveaway sponsored by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I hope you’ll visit each blogger’s post for some great gardening advice and ideas. You’ll find them all here:

Oak Hill Homestead – How to Start a Container Garden

Souly Rested – One Thing Every Gardener Should do

Spring Lake Homestead – Garden Planning

Bloom Where You’re Planted – My Favorite Seed Company Is Giving Away Seeds!

Lumnah Acres – Starting Our Seeds

Mid-Life Blogger – Swiss Chard: Stained Glass in the Garden

DIY FREE Pallet Garden In 4 Easy Steps + Seed Giveaway!

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6 Comments

  • Michelle

    I’ve been amazed at all of the great things that can be done with pallets! This is a great way for gardeners to get more gardening space inexpensively, and we can always feel good about repurposing and using what we have.

    March 5, 2018 at 7:17 am Reply
    • Amber

      Yes it is! And it’s free!!!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      March 6, 2018 at 5:25 am Reply
  • Michelle

    I truly adore reusing pallets for so many things! (Including my compost bin, pictured over on my linked up post.) Thanks for one more great idea of how to repurpose them, Amber!

    March 6, 2018 at 3:50 pm Reply
    • Amber

      My compost uses pallets too! I think they are the best thing since sliced bread!

      March 8, 2018 at 3:11 am Reply
  • Garden Dad

    Love this post! The way you were able to upcycle an unused pallet is very genius. Plus, your idea is also very sustainable. Kudos!

    March 7, 2018 at 6:56 am Reply
    • Amber

      Thanks for the comment! We try to re-purpose everything we possibly can.

      March 8, 2018 at 3:10 am Reply

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