Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

Please join us for a closer look at our hanging herb garden, made from reclaimed pallets and terra-cotta pots. 

 I have receive so many comments, emails and texts from you all asking about the details on how to make the DIY Herb Garden project.  So….. I will be the first one to admit I might have dropped the ball on that follow up article to our DIY PATIO PAVER PROJECT, which would have covered all that information. I did get engulfed in the One Room Challenge, but in my defense I only had 6 weeks to get the Sleeping Porch done, and now I have shamelessly plugged it again…with a link, in case you missed it., or sign up for our bi- monthly newsletter: 

Basically this is an easy weekend project, that takes very little time, money, or effort.

Here is what you will need:

When picking pallets to utilize for furniture or wall treatments, you really want to make sure of two things. 1. What are the pallets are made out of and 2. What did the pallets originally transport. Some pallets have housed potential poisonous substances, while others are made out of wood treated with poisonous substances, and these are not suitable for reuse. 1001 pallets is a great resource for looking up this information and has a great article available at this (article link). I have included a copy of the pallet codes below from 1001 pallets, these are for the wood type used to make the pallets.  Our pallet was HT and were originally used to ship the components of rock fireplace ……bet you can’t guess where I got those from….maybe the patio paver project? We were very lucky and received out shipment on a double wide pallet. 

Once you have your pallet and you have painted it with your choice of Exterior Paint – we used our leftover trim paint TRIM PAINT- City Loft Sherwin Williams. You will want to adhere the pallet to the wall or surface to create the vertical garden. For this we used 4″ decking wood screws drilled directly into studs. We did this just to make sure that the pallet frame could hold the weight of the pots, soil, plants and water weight. 

Then for a rustic farmhouse look  we attached adjustable metal worm gear clamps, available in the HVAC area of your local hardware store, with 1/2″ metal screws. The clamps are adjustable from 3-4″ so you terra-cotta pot can vary a bit in size.  Insert your terra-cotta pot add soil and herbs. Voila, Instant Herb Garden!!!

Just for ease of maintenance we added a small coil water hose  so we can keep the herbs misted in the hot Georgia heat.

We routed the water from a nearby hose bib with a small light weight hose pipe, then attached a hanger to hold the coiled water hose and nozzle. 

If you notice we also chose to locate our herb garden on a wall under our deck. This will help filter the amount of direct sun the plants get. Most herbs prefer filtered sunlight especially the fragile ones like basil and cilantro. The deck also protects these delicate plants from harsh rain storms as well, that will beat them down and break the stems, leaving you with limp droopy herbs.   

Since the entire herb wall is easily rearrangeable, by simply lifting out the pots, you can also relocate plants based on the amount of sun or shade they require. I placed my heartier plants like sage, dill, parsley, oregano and lavender that prefer more sunlight at the edge of the deck to get morning sun. 

Planting Tip: I personally like to use Miracle Grow Moisture Control soil, it keeps the soil moist even if I miss a day of watering…which is critical down here in the south. I also like to use Bonnie’s Veggie and Herb fertilizer for big healthy plants. 

I plant all kinds of herbs for many different purposes. This is a common sage which is handy to keep around. It is pretty good for stuffing and poultry recipes. Not to mention if your home has not been feeling very zen, you can always burn some, with the Native American art of smudging. In case you are not familiar here is a great article about The Ancient Art of Smudging. 

Check out this super healthy dill which is great on grilled fish with fresh lemon or to make a dill dip. Below is one of the 3 kinds of  basil we planted. It seems we use a lot of basil around here. Of course one of our favorite simple summer time suppers is a Caprese salad.  Ummm sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, and green basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil. Of course I love the Tuscan Olive Oil from a local shop in Roswell OLI+VE, yes to me it makes a huge difference.

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55 Comments

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  19. Oooooh a pallet project, I love those. This vertical garden in great and looks good too. I will have to make one next spring.

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  23. Nice post, great idea for older or disabled people. I will past the idea on to my mother, she loves to garden but her body doesn’t allow it anymore.

  24. Seem like a sound idea, I guess it makes gardening easier. Are the herbs still alive the pots seem small? Just wondering I never have luck with herbs.

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  26. Wow this is a great idea, my mother is older, but still loves to garden. Just her mobility is not there anymore, and since my father passed away it is difficult for her to do the hobby she loves. I think this would be the perfect solution for her, thank you for sharing.

  27. Now why have I not seen anything like this before? Where have you been hiding this amazing creativity and knowledge? Nice job.

  28. Many applauses to you, for up cycling used pallets into a wall garden. In today’s world we have such a need to reuse things that are perfectly good, instead of tossing it out and buying new. I hope this train of thought helps your site find a vast amount of followers.

    • Thanks for following my blog I am so glad you enjoyed the post, it is nice to know that I am reaching like minded people. 🙂

  29. This is such a great idea! You need your own version of fixer upper… you are so creative, who do I call to make this happen?

  30. I’ve been browsing on-line greater than three hours today, when I discovered your interesting articles. It’s a lovely project and in my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net can be more helpful than ever before.

    • Thank you, I am so glad you found our site and that you are enjoying our posts. Stay tuned we have more where that came from…..p.s tell all your friends too!!!

  31. Appreciation to my father who informed me regarding this blog, this webpage is really remarkable.

  32. Wonderful post, and very informative. I ponder why the others in this field have not featured a project like this. You must continue your writing, because I am sure, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  33. You really make it seem so easy, I guess I am just not very handy, but I love the idea and finished pictures. I’m looking forward for your next post, and I’ll try to get the hang of it or just hire someone to make it for me. All the Best!

    • I am just happy that you are enjoying the posts, whether you DIY or hire someone and use my projects as inspiration I am just happy you are following my blog, thanks!!!

  34. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

    • Hi there, I use WordPress.org and downloaded it via the widgets page. There are many you can use both free and upgraded version that your can purchase. I hope this helps!!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  35. Wonderful submission, and very informative. I ponder why the other experts of this sector do not realize this. You should continue your writing. I am confident, you have a great readers’ base already!

  36. wow what a fantastic idea! and it looks so good. we have some pallets on the porch right now we were going to use for a different project, I’m thinking about doing this instead! awesome. thanks!
    -Abigail, twicedutch.com

    • You know I love a good pallet project!!! I will have to pop over to your blog and check them out!!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  37. I love this, but how do you keep the water that drains from the pot from staining the ground?

    • Ah good question, you can put pea rock, or marbles in the base to hold the dirt from draining out those holes, thus preventing the stains. I actually did not do this step, but luckily I do not have stains either. When watering, I only use the mist setting, as they do at garden centers, to permeate the dirt (I used Miracle Grow Moisture Control) and keep the plants super moist but not dripping. Here in GA we have a lot of watering bans and have to conserve water with rain barrels most of the year so I have learned to very careful to only water just the plants the right amount and not over fill.

  38. I love this idea!! It’s such a space saver for people with tiny or shared backyards! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks I figured with the tiny house craze, and so many urban apartment dwellers this article would hit home. I even had a lady Suggest this for a retired couple to make gardening easier for them.

    • Thanks Esperanza, glad you were able to stop by our blog, hope you visit again soon we got some great stuff on the horizon!!

  39. This looks like a great project! I love herbs very much, especially the fragrant ones, and i love putting them around the house.

    • That is a great idea I never really thought of putting herbs in vases around the house, I guess I just get stuck on the whole flower thing. I will have to try it 🙂

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