A Pallet Turned Herb Garden

Ever since my friend Shango sent me an email with the link to this project, I’ve been itching to try it. For my birthday, my brother-in-law gave me a beautiful, clean pallet and it’s been sitting in my hallway ever since. You may remember that I put this project on my “not to-do” list, but I got a special gift – a gift card to Molbak’s nursery and I just couldn’t resist using it to finally bring this project to fruition.

Originally, I thought I’d fill it with sedum and succulents because you know how I feel about those. But then, after a bit of research and thought, I decided to go with herbal edibles. Succulents are pretty low maintenance and are beautiful for sure, but they would make this project even more expensive than it already is. Rather than using just plain potting soil, you’d need succulent/cactus potting mix, which adds up, especially with this quantity. And buying all the succulents to fill the space is another investment entirely. Besides that, edibles are really my thing and perennial herbs are also low maintenance and beautiful. And I can eat them too! Bonus!

Now since I don’t technically know where this pallet has been or how it has been treated or fumigated, I may not actually eat the herbs I’ve planted in it. But then again, maybe I’ll live on the edge and put a few of those chocolate mint leaves into my next mojito after all.

The necessities:

  • 1 clean pallet
  • weed cloth fabric (look for the thick fabric kind rather than the black, stretchy kind)
  • about 2 large bags of potting soil
  • 28 starts (4 inch pots), preferably perennial herbs or ground cover
  • a heavy duty stapler and staples

The plants:

  • Creeping Golden Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
  • Marjoram Miniature (Origanum onites)
  • Marjoram Golden Upright (Origanum majorana)
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Crinkle Leaf Oregano (Origanum onites aureum)
  • Common Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Beach/Sand Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
  • Lipstick Strawberry (Fragaria ‘lipstick’)

The method:

This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday.

12 thoughts on “A Pallet Turned Herb Garden

  1. Shango

    Congratulations on dusting off your plans and going for it! It looks great and will look amazing very soon.

  2. Marillyn@just-making-noise

    This is great! I think I am going to do this. Thank so much for sharing on Simple Lives Thursday and linking up. A couple questions: How much light do the plants in your pallet get? What about thyme & mint? Again, thanks and great post!

  3. Sue Rine

    Stacy, I love this! And I have spare pallets. 😎 I could see this working as a wall too by placing two pallet gardens back to back and attaching them to posts or metal stakes in the ground at each end. What a great use of limited space. Also, we live in a high rainfall area, (IN NZ), so this would allow the growing of dry loving plants like lavender which struggle in our area. Different plants would do well at different levels of the pallet. Fantastic!

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  8. andy fitts

    How did watering them work out best? What about drainage when using that paper? I wouldn’t want to poke holes too big in case it drenches the crowns on the plants below. Can’t wait to do this!


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