Want to build a vertical garden like Patrick Blanc?

Leveraging vertical garden technique is the perfect way to efficiently use up space for growing lots of plants. But growing vertically instead horizontally offers countless other benefits beyond saving some space. Here are just a few to mention:

  • Less bending and squatting
  • Less weeding
  • Shield your home exterior with vertical garden to protect your paint job from damage
  • Hide unsightly objects on your property such as garbage cans or an electric meter
  • May be placed out of easy reach of animal and insect pests
  • Less need for expensive soil and amendments

We’d like to show you how you can build yourself a vertical garden using a recycled wooden pallet.

What You’ll Need

  • A wooden pallet
  • Rool of scraping paper
  • Sandpaper
  • Stable gun and staples
  • Hammer and nails
  • Potting soil
  • Adorable succulents or other plants of choice


Step 1 – Prepare The Palletbuild vertical garden step 1

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Sand down and rough patches on the pallet and corners if they are sharp. If the pallet has no backing, use the MDF board and nail it into place (using ~12 nails). This is to prevent the soil spilling out of the back of the pallet.

Step 2 – Staple Paper To Pallet

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Double your landscaping paper up & pull your staple gun out of its holster. Staple the fabric along the sides, bottom and back of the pallet.

Step 3 – Fill The Pallet With Soil

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Lay your pallet flat and get ready to get your hands dirty. Fill the pallet with planting soil, ensuring to press the soil down firmly but leave enough room for planting.

Step 4 – Start Planting

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Begin planting – starting at the bottom of the pallet. As you work your way up make sure each of the plants are packed in tight before moving to the next layer.

Step 5 – Water & Leave For 2 Weeks

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Once all of the plants are planted, water your garden thoroughly. Leave the pallet horizontal for 2 weeks to allow your plants to take root.

Step 6 – Stand Upright & Enjoy

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Remember to start at the top when watering the plants and to give slightly less water to each subsequent section as your water will naturally seep through the bottom-most plants.

This guide has been adapted from DesignSponge’s Recycled Pallet Vertical Garden from Kate Pruitt.

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