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Patio Pallet Garden

Patio Pallet Garden

I live in a 12 unit apartment building and we are lucky enough to have the only patio in the entire building. We share it with our awesome neighbors and together we’ve created a sweet little oasis to enjoy the Santa Barbara Ocean air. 

I’ve always wanted to make a pallet garden, but didn’t want to deal with the mess of trying to shove dirt into landscaping fabric. Trying to get that much dirt in and out of my patio through my living room seemed precarious.  We also don’t have a lot of space on the patio to begin with. 

So once again, this project was on my ‘list of things I want to do one day’ but I never pursued it.  One Saturday at the winery there was a tiny half pallet next to the dumpster.  It was completely water logged due to the rain, but I snuck it into the back of my car and took it home.

This project is SO EASY so I won’t bore you with the details.  There are no rules.  Most of the materials I used I already had in a moving box that I can collected throughout the years.  Make it fun and make it your own!

  • Total Cost: $50 w/o plants
  • Total Time: 2 hours, not including time to let the pallet dry out from the rain

Materials:

  • Pallet
  • Half Pots or Hanging Pots
    • I got my half pots at a thrift store (lucky find) but amazon has some good ones!
  • Terra Cotta Pots
  • Flower Pot Clips
  • Soil
  • Plants
    • I opted for succulents and cacti
    • You can typically find plants on craigslist for cheap, but I bought mine a nursery. 
  • Fun garden accessories
  • Screws/Drill
    • I had to have my dad help me with this part.  I’m still not adult enough to need to own my own power tools.
  • Click through the gallery for visuals!

Steps:

  1. Clean and lightly sand rough spots on pallet; I didn’t stain or paint mine, but that’s always an option!
  2. Arrange pots on the pallet; remember to place pots where wood intersects so the screws hold and the wood doesn’t split
  3. Take a picture of the arrangement so you don’t forget it!
  4. Using your photo as a guide, drill screws into pallet where you’d like the pots to hang
  5. Drill flower pot clips into pallet where you’d like terra cotta pots to hang
  6. Plant your pots. Remember not to crowd plants, they’ll get big and happier with the right care!
  7. Lean pallet in desired location.  Make sure to test it so it doesn’t fall over once the weight of the pots are on it
  8. Hang pots! See? It’s coming together
  9. Give your accessories a home on the pallet
  10. Enjoy your new patio garden!

Finished Product!

He's so sweet!

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