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Pallet Vegetable Garden

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Hi, Anne, I began “pallet gardens” in August and tcmtech dripper irrigation from rain barrels in September. The dripper is totally diy and uses a glass pot lid in the rain barrel as a float. You can get 2 weeks of irrigation from the barrel (or 2 hours if you want). I used it to drip water on a pallet garden. Anyway, the pallet gardens have being going through “rapid prototyping” so each new one is different and (hopefully) an improvement over the previous one. I am making number 7 today! Very different from number 1. Another thing is using an aquarium bubble pump to recirculate water in pallet gardens and vertical pallet planters. (I have in the past shown that you can pump water really high with the bubble pumps) Over 10 ft high! Vertical pallet planter number 2 is made from 2 pallets. I broke them down and put them back together again. The shelves slope to the back and I think this is vital to its success. So check it out on yourtube and if you like any of it, please give it thumbs up or a comment. It takes a lot of time and time is money so if nobody uses it, it makes it kind of pointless.
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Pallet Vegetable Garden

Brian White January 27, 2013 at 5:53 am – Reply Hi, Anne, I began “pallet gardens” in August and tcmtech dripper irrigation from rain barrels in September. The dripper is totally diy and uses a glass pot lid in the rain barrel as a float. You can get 2 weeks of irrigation from the barrel (or 2 hours if you want). I used it to drip water on a pallet garden. Anyway, the pallet gardens have being going through “rapid prototyping” so each new one is different and (hopefully) an improvement over the previous one. I am making number 7 today! Very different from number 1. Another thing is using an aquarium bubble pump to recirculate water in pallet gardens and vertical pallet planters. (I have in the past shown that you can pump water really high with the bubble pumps) Over 10 ft high! Vertical pallet planter number 2 is made from 2 pallets. I broke them down and put them back together again. The shelves slope to the back and I think this is vital to its success. So check it out on yourtube and if you like any of it, please give it thumbs up or a comment. It takes a lot of time and time is money so if nobody uses it, it makes it kind of pointless.
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Pallet Vegetable Garden

Hi Mark I suggest you start with the information in this post and watch all the video tutorials. They are quite detailed and show you step by step what materials you need, how to line the pallets, fill with soil (I’d strongly recommend using my potting mix recipe for this project) and plant them out. I would suggest you pre-paint your pallet in rainbow colours first (with non-toxic paint – there are many external low or no-VOC paints on the market). It would be too difficult to paint after planting. I would also suggest you consider adding an irrigation system if the children would find it too challenging to water the pallet planter. Another suggestion is to cut a pallet in half horizontally and put the two halves side by side so they are shorter and easily accessed by the children – then they could sit and smell for longer periods. Or even use 2 pallets and make a square by cutting them both in half, staking them in the corners for support. With plant selection, perhaps choose lots of colourful, fragrant flowers and edibles like marigolds, petunias, red/green/purple lettuces, lemon balm, chocolate mint, peppermint, geraniums etc. See my post on ideas for sensory gardens. You may also find some inspiration for other easy DIY projects on my Pinterest board – Gardening with Kids. You could use the pallet for other projects too. I particularly like: Funky Fence – colourful and bright. Pencil Gate – you could saw the pallet timbers off to make points and use them to make a gate or fence. A Rainbow Raised Garden Bed – this could be an easy fun project to try with plants I’ve mentioned above. Hope this gives you some inspiration and ideas. Kind regards, Anne
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Pallet Vegetable Garden

Pallets are great for growing lettuce and other greens. Generally speaking, there are two main ways to go: horizontal pallet gardening (where you only put sides of the pallets on the ground and grow plants in the space between the pallet bars) and vertical pallet gardening (where you plant your plants inside the whole pallet and use it as a container). Either way to go is good. In case you want to use horizontal pallet method, make sure to mulch the area after you plant your vegetables. It will not only make it look better but it’s also beneficial for your garden.
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Pallet Vegetable Garden

Return the pallet to a flat surface. Although you could plant out your pallet with it resting on the ground, placing it on a tabletop or sawhorses makes it easier to work with from a standing position. Place the pallet so that the side with the widest openings is facing up. This will be the backside, which you’ll mount against the wall. Lay out the landscape fabric or cloth to cover the back and bottom and cut to size. Pull tautly and secure with nails or staples.  Some pallets have wood covering the bottom of the pallet, which will help prevent soil from falling out the bottom. If not, you may choose to add another piece of wood, like a 2×4. But in either case, make sure the fabric covers the bottom as well as the back to catch any soil that may otherwise fall out. This would also be the time to add a thick layer of plastic or other waterproof barrier. This step wasn’t included in the DIY segment on the episode but this is an important part of protecting the exterior of the house from the moisture and grime of the pallet garden.

Pallet Vegetable Garden

I have been itching for a garden ever since we moved out of our house a few years ago. I had a pretty amazing garden and I was super sad to leave it. Currently, I just can’t go tilling up the backyard for another epic garden. I’ve tried container gardening, but just wasn’t satisfied. I needed more, and that’s how the idea for a pallet garden came about. But not any ordinary pallet garden—I wanted to go vertical. Again, for reasons that have to do with space and maintenance, a vertical pallet garden project is perfect for those that have small spaces like me or those that just want to get their feet wet and not worry about tending or maintaining a large garden plot.
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Pallet Vegetable Garden

The best plants for a pallet. When choosing plants for an edible pallet garden, Joe advises looking for dwarf or bush types of vegetables and herbs, as well as compact fruits like strawberries. In his plan he includes a wide selection of favorite edibles: salad greens, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes. “Peppers and tomatoes will need to go in the top section because they are the tallest and will need room to grow and possibly staking,” says Joe. “The big thing is to work with compact and determinate tomato varieties wherever possible.” He also suggests tucking nasturtium seedlings throughout the pallet garden for a “punch of edible color.” Other options include a pallet filled with culinary herbs or salad greens.
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Pallet Vegetable Garden

4. Cover the back and bottom of the pallet with the landscape fabric, cutting it to size. This will prevent the soil from falling out. Pull the fabric tight and secure with roofing nails or staples, placing one nail or staple every 2 to 3 inches around the perimeter of the pallet as well as down the center beams. If you want a layer of plastic or another waterproofing material between the pallet and the support, add it now. This additional layer will protect the side of the house or wall from moisture and grime from the pallet garden.
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1. With the help of a friend, position your pallet against the wall or fence where you want it mounted and use your level to make sure it’s straight. Using a pencil, mark on the fence or wall where you would like to install each of the four L-brackets. Situate the top left and right L-brackets so they’ll be about 2 inches from the top of the pallet, while the bottom two L-brackets should be about 6 inches from the bottom of the pallet. Once you’ve marked their positions, move your pallet to the side.
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I am reconsidering planting inside my pallet and instead hanging pots or some other containers onto the pallet for the vertical base. Water leakage and soil movement sounds like a mess. I love the idea, though, of the pallet as the backdrop. Do you have any suggestions for pots to hang on the outside of the pallet? I have seen people using shoe organizers, but would there be a concern for chemical seepage into the veggies? Is there a type of pot you would recommend? I have also seen gutters attached. What is your opionion on that?

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