The pallet garden is all about turning used pallets into something beautiful in the garden. These garden pallet ideas prove that pallets can be a useful feature for transforming your garden with unique looks. Use pallets as planters, water features, or even for small greenhouses. Pallet gardens are one of the trendiest ways to upcycle old wood into functional purposes within your garden.
Go Vertical with Your Garden
One of the best things about using pallets in the garden is that they can save a lot of space for those who have minimal garden area to spare. Pinterest is full of beautiful pallet garden photos from gardeners who have chosen to save even more space by going vertical with their pallets.
You can create a standing vertical pallet garden or hang it on a fence or wall. Not only does this allow you to grow several plants, but it takes up a lot less space than a raised garden bed would. Plus, if you hang your pallet garden at eye level, you’ll have easy access to all your plants for minimal strain on your back and neck.
The video above provides an excellent tutorial for creating a vertical pallet garden for flowers or herbs. You can even go more in-depth with your designs, if you choose, by taking apart pallets and reconstructing them for more eye-catching appeal or different sizes to house larger plants.
This video by Craftsman, for example, shows how to make a hanging pallet planter that is the perfect size for growing vegetables. This vertical pallet planter has some extra space between the pallets and in the pockets for good, strong root growth:
Turn Pallets Into Compost Bins
You can turn pallets into functional compost bins to hold your compost until it’s ready to use. The key to doing this properly and easily is to try to find pallets that are the same, or at least very similar, in size. That way, you won’t even have to take them apart and reconstruct them to make your bins. Instead, put a few nails in them to create a bin, and you’re done!
There are a few more pointers, though, that can help you create the perfect compost bin from pallets for your garden, according to Growing a Greener World:
- Choose rot-resistant wood pallets made from oak or cedar, for example. Hardwoods will be able to tolerate weather and withstand being up against compost.
- Choose non-chemically treated pallets. If they’re treated with chemicals, the chemicals can seep into your compost, which can affect your plants.
- Assemble your compost bins on a level surface, preferably where they’ll sit permanently so you won’t have to move them after assembly.
- Consider adding a hinged cover to help hold and protect your compost.
- If you have extra pallets, consider adding a few more wood pieces to fill in large gaps in slats to better hold in your compost piles.
Make Pallets Herb Planters
Pallets make the most perfect home for herb gardens, since herbs often require little space and can stay protected in a hanging or vertical pallet garden. Move boards to create the planter space you desire, or make a pocket-style planter (source).
If you want to make it super simple, re-work the pallet boards to create shelving in the back of the pallet for small herb containers to sit on. A tutorial by PinkWhen suggests leaning the shelving slightly, so that excess water from the containers can drain, rather than pooling on the boards. Cut some feet for the pallet to sit on from extra boards, and stand it vertically.
From here, you can decorate the pallet how you desire, but remember to use non-toxic paint and other materials. Place your herb containers on the shelves, and you have a space-saving, beautiful way to display your herb garden.
Create a Pallet Greenhouse
If some of your herbs, veggies, or plants need the protection of a greenhouse, but you don’t have the funds or space for a full-size greenhouse, use pallets instead! Fortunately, greenhouses can be as small or large as you need them to be, so you can create a space-saving, budget-friendly greenhouse using some recycled pallets.
A greenhouse may seem like a daunting project, but really, all you need is a sound structure and a way to keep it insulated, covered, and allow a lot of light in. This mini greenhouse from Design Dreams by Anne, for example, utilizes old windows to both keep the greenhouse closed and covered, but also get tons of natural light.
To create a pallet greenhouse, you can deconstruct a pallet and use the boards to build a box with your needed dimensions. Use an old window to create a hinged lid for sunlight to get in. You can also create a box with the pallets as-is, and use thermal greenhouse film to cover the openings between pallet boards.
Design a Unique Feature
You can also use old pallets to create unique features in your garden, like seating areas, garden path frames, or water features. This adorable fountain pond is made from upcycled pallets surrounding a plastic tub.
When it comes to using pallets in your garden to create unique features, the possibilities are virtually endless. Scrap Wood City, for example, demonstrates how to create a hanger for your garden hose made from pallets:
Think outside the box when creating a pallet garden. Pallets are perfect for housing small plants and saving space to grow veggies, herbs, and flowers. However, they come in handy for just about anything in your garden, if you get creative.
Paint pallets in bold, bright colors to hang on your fence. Attach a few plastic cups with screws or nails to the pallet. This will give you an instant, eye-catching hanging planter for several small plants. Or, use a pallet attached to a wall in your shed or storage area to create a functional spot to store gardening tools (source).