I used to walk past this apartment patio in my old neighborhood that had a really awesome DIY Pallet Herb Garden—it was propped up against a wall and all the herbs were each planted into a box in a wooden pallet. It seemed like such a simple idea and I loved it, although it took me over a year to go ahead and try to make one myself.
I’m not a super handy person, so my favorite DIYs usually only involve a coat of paint or a few nails. This one is definitely a step up in difficulty, but it’s still pretty straightforward and you only need a few things to make it happen. First, a pallet. This was surprisingly the most difficult part. You can order them online if you have time, but I had luck calling my local department store and asking if I could have a used one. They ended up letting me take one from behind the store at no charge. You could also try a grocery store, recycling center, or any big retail place that most likely receives shipments on pallets.
Once you have your pallet, you can start thinking about the herbs you want to include in your garden. My favorites are basil, mint, rosemary, and lavender, but I also picked up some thyme, oregano, and a pineapple sage plant (it actually smells like pineapple—so fun!). We had a lot of extra space to fill, so we got some lettuce (which actually didn’t last long in the pallet—it needs its own pot with lots of sunshine) and a few strawberry plants for the top row.
After you’ve acquired your pallet and decided on some herbs, here’s the rest of your shopping list:
What You Need:
- 1-2 large bags of potting soil
- A roll of landscape fabric
- Staples and a staple gun
- Scissors, if you don’t have any
- Sandpaper (if your pallet has any rough edges)
- A bottle (or two) of Cambria wine to pop open while you work
- If necessary, sand the pallet down with sandpaper. Make sure there are no nails or sharp ends sticking out anywhere.
- Roll out some of your landscaping fabric and cut pieces to fit the width of the pallet. You want as many pieces as there are “boxes” in the pallet. Measure enough to fold around so you are creating a bottom and turning each section into a planters box.
- Staple the fabric onto the back of the pallet and underneath. More is better in this case—you want it to be sturdy enough to hold the potting soil, plant, and occasional water.
- Repeat step 3 on each level until each section of the pallet is now a planter.
- Transfer potting soil into each section and add your herbs. Once the pallet is filled to your satisfaction, water and place somewhere that gets enough sun.
- Snip herbs as you need them and enjoy!