Live in a tiny apartment with no room for a garden? Life on the Balcony may just have the answer to gardening in even the narrowest of spaces — and it all comes down to a recycled shipping pallet. We’ve already seen a theater built from recycled pallets, not to mention DIY pallet-wood Appalachian Gothic architecture, but this might be the simplest, and most beautiful, uses for this oh-so-abundant waste product. There are even simple instructions for how to build your own.
Having published photos of her gorgeous pallet garden, Fern Richardson of container gardening blog Life on the Balcony was inundated by comments on how to build the thing. So she promised a video tutorial.
Sadly, the weather did not turn out as planned, so video footage had to be nixed. But she has put together a step-by-step photographic tutorial on how to build a pallet garden and how to care for it too. It’s really pretty simple stuff, and all you need is some potting soil, a pallet, a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper. Oh, and some plants to put in your garden once you are done.
In the tradition of all the best DIY garden enthusiasts, Fern shares both what you should do in theory to care for your pallet garden, and what she always ends up doing in practice:
Now, I’m going to tell you what you should do, and I what I always end up doing (which is what you should not do). You should leave the pallet flat on the ground for a couple of weeks (watering when needed), so that the roots can start to grow in and hold all the plants in place. I can never wait though, so I always tip the pallet upright a few days after planting. Some soil does fall out, but it seems to be okay. But I think it would be better if you left it to settle and only tipped it upright after a few weeks. Do as I say, not as I do.
With vertical gardens, vertical farms and living walls being such a huge thing in the green world, this might just be the cheapest, and easiest way to start using narrow, vertical spaces for growing plants and even food. Head on over to Life on the Balcony for full instructions.
This post was originally published by Treehugger.