Do you love growing your own produce, but have limited space to do so? Well, with the help of a few pallets and a little creativity, you can increase the fruits and veggies that your garden grows without expanding the size of your garden. Here, you will learn how to do just that.
To complete this project you will need:
Step 1: Clean the Pallets
Use the pressure washer to thoroughly clean four pallets. You never know what the pallets have been used to transport, so it is important that you get the pallets as clean as possible to avoid contaminating your plants.
Tip: Just to be sure that the pallets are chemical free, you can purchase brand-new pallets from a supplier like Colorado Industrial Wood Products.
Step 2: Line the Pallets
Flip the pallet so that the side with the larger openings is upright. This will be the top of the pallet for this project. Roll out some of the landscaping fabric and use it to line the inside of the pallet to hold the soil in place. Do this to all four of the pallets.
Step 3: Fill With Soil
Starting with the pallet that will be at the bottom of the stacked garden, fill it with soil. You want the soil to be slightly overflowing so that as it settles in the pallet, it will have more than enough to keep the plants healthy.
Position the next pallet on top of the bottom one and repeat the filling process. Do this until you have all four pallets filled with soil and stacked on top of each other.
Step 4: Plant the Seeds or Seedlings
Now that the garden box is built, it is time to plant the seeds or seedlings. Plant your vertically growing plants on the top of the box, like tomatoes and beans. Strawberries can be planted on the sides by cutting small holes in the landscaping fabric that is visible from the sides. The sides can also be used to grow fresh herbs for cooking.
After the seeds are planted, give them a thorough watering and allow them to grow. Tend to the garden each day by watering the plants and removing the stray weed that may sprout.
Note: Vertically growing plants may require a bit more support than they would if they were growing in the ground because the soil depth is not quite as deep. This means the plants won't be able to root as deep, requiring garden cages to help them stay upright.
This is an easy project that can be quite fruitful. Just gather your pallets and supplies, and in a month or so, you will have a variety of fruits, veggies and herbs to enjoy.Share
26 March 2015
When I decided that I wanted to go to culinary school, I knew that I wanted to be able to really practice what I was learning at home. As I stepped back and looked at my home kitchen, it really needed help. I talked with a local remodeling contractor about how we could create a more comprehensive and functional kitchen. The process included taking out a wall, expanding the kitchen footprint and upgrading all of the appliances. I created this site once it was done to share my story and tell others about the things that you can do to make your kitchen really feel like your own.