We’ve been getting lots of compliments lately on our pallet planter and a few people have been asking how we made ours. Here are a few photos to guide you through the easy process:
- 1 pallet
- Chicken wire or mesh (8 feet in length for 4 planter spaces or 12 feet in length for 6 planter spaces)
- Wire cutters
- Staple gun and/or screwdriver
- Measuring tape
- Burlap sacks *available at coffee locations that roast their own cofee (1 sack will suffice for 4 planter spaces, if you cut carefully but you might want to get 2 sacks just to be safe)
- Growing medium
Choose a sturdy pallet and stand it up with the middle/central beam going vertically. Then measure the length of each side from the middle beam to the sides. Unroll your chicken wire or wire mesh and cut it according to the length of your sides and the depth you want your planter spaces.
We recommend cutting the pieces to a length of two feet, this should give you enough depth for most plants. If the plants you expect to grow have short root systems, you could cut the length much shorter. Since you will be folding this mesh in half to create the pocket, make sure you cut double the length needed.
After cutting the mesh to twice the length, leaving space for foliage in the pocket below, fold it in half length-wise and slip it into the first space you want to fill (see photo).
Push the mesh pocket down until the edges are no longer sticking out of the top of the pallet. Staple the sides of the mesh pocket to the respective pallet beams as shown. You may also screw the mesh pockets in, making sure to catch the mesh under each screw.
Once the mesh pocket is securely fastened, repeat the process for each available space that you choose to use of the pallet. Since the burlap will be covering the edges of the mesh, you can staple/screw the pockets down on the inside or outside of the pallet beams (shown below).
Once the mesh pockets are installed, repeat the process with the burlap, making sure that the burlap sits on the inside of the pockets and overlaps any rough or sharp edges of the mesh. Then fill with soil and your starts or seeds! Ta-da!
Be sure to choose appropriate plants for the space available both for root depth and foliage. For instance, if you have a very deep root pocket, you might be able to plant some root vegetables like beets or radishes, but if you have a shallow root pocket and lots of space for foliage, then a better option might be herbs and leafy greens. We played around with planting egg plant and corn, but given their requirements we’ll have to transplant them soon. We’d love to hear what plants you’d like to put in a pallet planter of your own.
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