Since then, it has become my most popular video on YouTube and I’m proud of that.
I wish I could say that a year later it is thriving just like the picture above. But in all honesty, it’s not. Every time I walk by it or remember to water the poor thing, I cringe at its current state. Â I should know better than that, I think to myself. This self-proclaimed garden coach should not have her pallet garden in such disrepair. A year later it should be billowing over with abundant herbs, fuller than it was before. But it’s not. This is real life and I’m airing my dirty laundry.
The thing is, no matter how simple the method, whatever you plant needs care and maintenance. And my poor little pallet herb garden just hasn’t been getting the TLC it deserves. So I want to share with you what I’ve learned from my pallet garden mistakes. No matter what you’re growing, these gardening ground rules are key.
Location is imperative! There’s a permaculture principle about different locations in the garden that recognizes that we all have those spots in the yard that are rarely frequented and under-used. You don’t want to put something high-maintenance into that space. You might have good intentions, but it will get neglected. While I love the look of the spot that currently houses my pallet garden, it just doesn’t work.Â
If your pallet garden is in a space that you rarely see, you will forget about it. These puppies dry out quickly, so it’s important to keep an eye out for them and keep ’em watered. Mine is in a location that is out of sight and somewhat sheltered from the rain, which ultimately led to the downfall of my pallet garden.
If the light isn’t good enough, most plants, edibles especially, just won’t thrive. The vertical nature of the pallet makes it awesome for small spaces, but if it’s not in a space that gets enough light, like my east facing , in-the-shadow-of-two-houses space, your pallet garden plants won’t be happy and all the effort you put into building the garden will be for not. The saying “right plant, right place” holds true for this type of garden too.
Despite the sorry state of my pallet, all is not lost. Relocation to a new spot in the yard will be the first step I’ll take to reclaim my pallet garden because it is really just too cute to waste. A little replanting to replace the plants that have met their end should give those empty spaces new life. Â As the saying goes, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”