Monday, December 2, 2013
How to Make a Garden With Pallets
Coming by pallets is not too tricky, and you can very likely find good ones free. If you give it a little time, you shouldn't have to buy them. However, if you can't find any suitable for indoor use, there are plenty of places to buy them. I get my pallets quite simply by putting a shout out on Facebook asking if anyone knows where I can find any, and bam, I have my pick of pallets.
seed starter kits from Walmart. I researched exactly what I wanted in my garden, and which plants were appropriate to be started in doors early. I then purchased my seeds from Seed Needs off Amazon. I love Seed Needs! Those guys have a bazillion options and I had great luck with their seeds. I wanted some pretty obscure herbs in my garden, and Seed Needs had everything I wanted and great prices.
Of course, inside starting is not a necessary step in my garden, so you can probably spare that seed starter expense if you want. However, I will say, I suffer from seasonal depression which is particularly harsh in the winter time. My little kitchen garden gave me a lot of joy through the winter, and brought the spring time inside to me all year round. When I planted my seeds in the starter pods, I had sprouts within days.
I decided to line my pallets with cardboard. This was so that I would have to purchase less dirt. In retrospect, I would probably advise you to instead, dig a small indenture in the dirt, place the pallets down in it, and don't line it. If you are only going to use the pallet garden for flowers, lining is fine. However, several of my vegetables such as the carrots and tomatoes, never really flourished and I suspect it was because they couldn't get their roots deep enough. They grew and looked pretty, they just never produced or got very big.
I then filled the pallet containers with dirt. Each pallet took 3 40 lb bags of dirt, and 1 40 lb bag of manure. I then mixed the manure and let it sit until May 15th.
fairy door and maypole in our pallet garden. A little magic in the garden certainly never hurts! And don't forget your rosemary by your "garden gate!"
Another garden tip I learned from this project, I selected leaf lettuce to grow in the garden. Being a gardening newbie, I thought maybe it would be easy to harvest. YUCK! It tasted awful. Definitely would AVOID leaf lettuce, or more carefully research just what kind to plant!!!!
Our pallet garden was wonderful. My kids and I had endless enjoyment tending it, watering it, and eating the things we grew throughout the summer. I think this is a great way for a someone new to growing such as myself, to start out.
In the tail end of the season, we moved in with my mother in law for ten weeks. The garden wasn't tended by the people who lived in our home while we were away. However, when we did return home, I was delighted to find that even though it was November, several herbs and veggies had thrived! So, in the end, my pallet garden ended up just where it started... In my kitchen window!
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