- Compost & organic soil (should be split 50/50)
- Landscaping fabric
- Staple gun
- Plants (I used succulents, but any plant will do)
- Spray paint
- Geometric template
- Small gardening shovel (or use your hands!)
Before you begin…
Consider what type of garden you want. I love succulents because they are easy to care for (especially if you have a difficult time keeping plants alive) and super colorful. I don’t recommend planting any produce or herbs in palettes, because some have been treated with harmful chemicals and may contaminate food.
I trash picked the palette and had my friend cut it down to save on the costs of the plants. I also grabbed free compost at the local landfill and mixed it with organic soil to give the plants proper nutrients. Check your local landfills for deals on soil and compost!
Step 1. Reinforce the back of the palette with a piece of plywood to support the soil and landscape fabric. You can also repurpose the leftover wood from your palette.
Step 2. Take your geometric template and spray desired pattern/color onto your palette.
Step 3. Cut and layer 2-3 pieces of landscape fabric to the back of your palette. Use your staple gun to secure the fabric, taking extra care at the bottom and the edges. You want to wrap the fabric around the bottom of your palette so it will keep the soil in place when it stands vertical and fold over the corners so nothing seeps out.
Step 3. Organize and rearrange yours plants on your palette until you find the sweetest spots.
Step 4. Fill your palette with the compost/dirt mixture, leaving about 1/2 in. space to the top. CAREFULLY root your plants into their desired sections and fill the remaining palette with soil.
*Note: patience is key, so be gentle when you plant!
Step 5. Your plants will be a little shocked after you take them out of their original containers, so it’s time to nurture! Be sure to water thoroughly and leave the palette laying horizontal for 2 weeks.
Step 6. After your plants take root, stand your palette upright. Continue to water each section of your palette (starting at the top and working down) as often as necessary. Keep in mind that the water will run down to the bottom, so you can water less as you go move down.
Do you have any fun DIY projects for your outdoor space? Share your ideas in the comments below.
All photos courtesy of Jenn Beening