Growing your own garden can have many special incentives. Today we are going to show you how to build your very own Herb Garden! This DIY Project is fun, exciting, and environmentally friendly! Grab a pen and pad or just print out these instructions! Get ready to Make an Herb Garden out of old Pallets!
1. Choosing a Pallet
a. Make sure that your pallet is heat treated and not fumigated with pesticides. This will be harmful to your herbs if you intend on making an organic garden.
b. Aside from that, just make sure that the boards are in good condition, no nails are sticking out, and the pallet is free of wood rot.
a. Pallet, 2 large bags of potting soil, 16 six packs of flowers, a small roll of landscape fabric, staple gun + staples, and sand paper.
3. Wrapping the Back
a. First begin by using sand paper to smoothen out rough areas and nailing down any loose boards.
b. Decide which side of the pallet will be the bottom. You will have to cover the bottom, back, and sides with landscape fabric so it’s important to keep this in mind when constructing your herb garden!
c. Lay the pallet face down and roll the landscape fabric over the back.
d. Cut two identically sized pieces that are long enough to go from the top edge of the back of the pallet and wrap all the way around to the bottom. Be generous and leave a couple extra inches for leeway.
e. Hold the two pieces of landscape fabric together as if they were one piece. Fold over the top edge by one inch and center it on the top board of the back of the pallet.
f. Stable the fabric into place near the top edge of the board.
g. Smooth the fabric out to the left and right and pull tight. Staple the fabric down on the top, right edge of the top board. Repeat this step on the left side.
h. Fill in between these 3 staples with 1 staple every two inches along the top edge of the top board.
4. Wrap the Bottom
a. After you have attached landscaping fabric to the top and back board. Smooth out the fabric to make sure it has a snug fit.
b. Repeat the process along the bottom edge of the bottom board except don’t fold the fabric under. Instead, leave a long flap on the bottom.
5. Wrap the Front
a. Hold the fabric tightly along the bottom and fold the cut edge under. Staple the fabric down along the front edge of the bottom.
b. Smooth out the fabric from left to right and staple every two inches along the front edge of the bottom.
6. Wrap the Sides
a. Start near the bottom and begin folding the excess fabric inwards. Fold the cut edge of the fabric under and staple down near the front, bottom edge, and sides.
b. Smooth fabric out and staple every two inches along the front edge of the side of the pallet. Make sure the fabric is tight but not so tight that it will tear.
c. Repeat on the other side.
7. Quality Control: Inspect Your Work
a. Now that your pallet has landscaping fabric wrapped around the sides, back, and bottom, place more staples along the spine of the back side of the pallet. Use sparingly and use good judgment to stable down any areas that you think will allow soil to seep out. This is important because this is what will prevent waste soil and nutrients.
8. Planting your Herbs
a. Planting will take place while the garden is lying flat on the ground so lay the pallet down face up.
b. Slide the plants into what will be ther top. Plant everything tightly.
c. Pour one bag of potting soil on the top of the pallet. Push the soil into the pallet between the slats and smoothen it out so that the soil is level.
d. Repeat with a second bag of potting soil.
e. Push potting soil into the bottom cavity so that there is a trench directly below on of the bottom openings.
f. Plant six plants in the trench tightly.
g. Repeat this step with the other bottom opening.
h. Push the potting soil up against these flowers to make a trench beneath one of the openings in the second row. Plant flowers tightly. Repeat these steps for all remaining openings until finished!
a. When you’re done, every covering should be completely covered by plants! This way, there won’t be any place for the soil to fall out. Make sure that soil is pressed firmly into every part of the pallet where you find openings.
10. One Final Bit of Advice!
a. Important: Leave the pallet on the ground for 2-3 weeks while watering your herb garden with necessary nutrients! This step allows the roots to grow deeper so that they will be strong enough to hold plants in place when you place the pallet up-right.
b. If you lift it up too early, soil will fall and compromise all of your hard work!
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About this Post
Written on behalf of Patio Productions by Cheryl Khan who is an interior designer and freelancer who loves the excitement of growing edible gardens. Her favorite herb to grow is Cilantro because it grows at such an amazing rate!