pallet to planter

If you are hunting for a fun outdoor summer project to take on or if you are looking for an inexpensive way to bring some color in the form of plant life to your back yard…. Keep reading.

Although my thumbs boast no fun color to speak of, my husbands on the other hand (no pun, of course) are of the brightest green! Christopher is one of those folks who actually likes to work in the yard…and it shows. But since apartment living does not always leave room for master gardening, he decided to take on making the front of his office/warehouse building not look so drab. So, out came his creative side and thus began the pallet to planter evolution….and the point where Christopher begins typing….photo 2

Things needed… a pallet. landscape fabric. potting soil. flowers. paint. staple gun.

First, I spray painted the pallet but, I would actually suggest doing this in step 3 (see below).

Cut about a foot off the pallet because I think it looks better and will cost less in plant material.

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photo 4Then, attach the landscaping fabric to the bottom and three sides via a staple gun. I would suggest using a lot of staples anywhere the fabric touches the wood.

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Third, here’s where I would paint the pallet, so you also paint the landscaping fabric that is overlapped and stapled to the pallet. (Ashley thinks blue would also be a good color to paint it)

Fourth, lay the pallet flat where the plants can grow for about 3-4 weeks.  Add the potting soil to the pallet. Slowly add the soil in between each board starting at the bottom and packing the soil in.  Place something over the top section of the pallet so the soil doesn’t fall out. You can plant these plants later.

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Fifth, plant the flowers. Pack the flowers in tightly. Water when done.

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I suggest leaving the pallet horizontal to let the plants’ roots take hold so the soil doesn’t wash or fall out. After about 3-4 weeks you can move the pallet to the vertical position and plant a few other flowers in the top section. Water the pallet regularly and keep a close eye on the lower plants as that soil seems to dry out quicker. Enjoy!

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