My Mom and I saw this idea on Pinterest a few years ago just as my husband and I were moving into our loft. I really wanted to have some sort of garden, but needed it to make sense in a small outdoor space. This pallet herb garden was the perfect option and has worked out so well for us. It’s one of our favorite projects once spring arrives and we’ve been doing it each year since we moved in.
Thangs you need to make your own:
- Wood Pallet
- Stainless Steel Wire Mesh (Small Grid)
- Plenty of soil
- Plants – Herbs and flowers.
The first thing you’ll need to do is find yo’self a pallet. We found ours at a food market. Turns out, they just get rid of them anyways, so they were happy to have us take it off their hands. Our neighbors are making one this year too and they were able to buy one at a garden store for $4.
Once you have the pallet you’ll need to secure stainless steel wire mesh on the back and sides of the pallet which will keep the dirt in place. You’ll need to get mesh with holes that are small enough to do that – 1mm or 1.5mm openings is perfect. This is the hardest part, but if you’re like me you’ll ask your Dad or a handy pal for a lil’ help!
Now that you have your backing attached you can start planting!
To start, fill the bottom of the pallet with dirt until it reaches the first opening in the wooden slats. Add a line of herbs or flowers by dropping them down into the pallet one at a time. Pull the plant out of the opening while leaving the roots inside the pallet. Evenly distribute them along the row. Once that row of plants are in place add more dirt on top of them until you reach the next opening. You’ll want to push the dirt down as you go to make sure everything is in place. Continue this process until you’ve reached the top. Boom! Mini herb garden!
Don’t forget the herbs will grow, so don’t be afraid to skip a row to give some extra room.
At the end of the season, you’ll want to pull the herbs out and get rid of the dirt, so that you can use the pallet again the following year. This always seems like a hassle at the end of summer, but is SO worth it. We’ve used this same pallet for 3 years now and she’s still going strong.
Follow me on Instagram @mymorningbite for lots of ways to use your fresh herbs!