Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pallet Gardening: For those living in apartments or small spaces

Pallet Gardening

Just because you might be living in an apartment doesn't mean you still can't grown a decent "Small Space Garden". If fact quite the opposite in my opinion.

Sure viable planting space may be a challenge, but it's not reason why you or anyone else for that matter can't have some type of garden even on your balcony if you have one.  Using pallets is so convenient and affordable.

Most pallets will fit perfectly on most people's balconies.  They don't require much space and you can grow many types of herbs and even add flowers to brighten up your living space.  

For this project, you’ll need the pallet you found, 2 large bags of potting soil, tube of plastic, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden), a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper.

Staple down the landscape fabric your staple gun.  You only need to staple the back and both sides leaving the front opened.

This part can become a little messy.  However, open up your potting soil and fill the pallet with it.  Leave a little space so you can add your plants.  You'll do this with the pallet laying down.  Here you can add any type of plants or even flowers.  When you’re done planting, you should have plants that are completely covering every opening (i.e. there shouldn’t be any place for soil to fall out). There should also be soil firmly pushed into every part of the pallet where there aren’t plants.

Pallet gardening is an excellent way to grow herbs as well. 

Caring For your Pallet

Now, I’m going to tell you what you should do as well.  Leave the pallet flat on the ground for a couple of weeks (watering when needed) this will allow the roots of your plants to start to grow in and hold all the plants in place.

After a couple of weeks the roots will allow the soil to stick in place somewhat.  When watering in this process, tilt the pallet a little and water away. 

Use your imagination and let us know how yours pallet garden project turns out.  We would love to post your pictures.

Happy gardening!

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