New Pallet Frame Garden for the Balcony

Hello Hello Neighbors, fellow Gardeners and Creators in general, I hope this post finds you amid blooming projects and green fields.

A few weekends ago, I had the luck of scrounging up the perfect small pallet for several different uses around my house. This Little-pallet-that-could quickly got settled beneath some houseplants, including some orchids and a large areca palm that does some serious air cleaning around my apartment. The pallet liked its new life as furniture, but wasn’t happy in the long run, it yearned for something more. It felt the visceral need to be a part of the dance of life, a dance that will some day bring fresh veggies to my plate.

So, as someone finely in tune with the desires of his furniture, last weekend, I finally dragged my little pallet from its ugly duckling phase, through the growing pains of a stapler and some yard fabric into beautiful swan-hood.

It went something like this:

This little Pallet with big dreams.

Pallet ready to become a balcony garden

Pallet ready to become a balcony garden

Next, I cut rectangles of yard fabric that would reach from the front edge of one section of the pallet, down the inside of the slat, across the bottom and then up the other side. After a little trial and error, I realized that the fabric looked cleaner and held tighter once in place if I left room to fold it over itself before stapling through both layers to fasten the outer edges.

When Filled with soil, and water, lots of things move. Use lots of staples.

When Filled with soil, and water, lots of things move. Use lots of staples.

Fold, Add Staples, ATTACK!!!

Ka-pow Ka-Pow

Some of the spaces are a little tight, but you get the hang of it quickly.

All down

By leaving extra width and then folding the fabric to the inside as you can see above, you allow for the edges to overlap at the end of the bed, inside the pallet, where you can affix them with staples.

Finally, after stapling in the last bits of fabric to form the bed pouches, I filled each of the beds with organic potting soil and planted them with a mix of greens and a couple of flowering plants because, seriously, this is for my balcony and needs some heavy duty beauty in the meantime, before my greens start bolting in the South Texas heat.

And there she is!

Snip, Fold, Staple, Repeat! All wrapped up!

Snip, Fold, Staple, Repeat!
All wrapped up!

Other lessons learned:

When starting out, pick the bottom and work from the bottom up, so if you need to reach down the length of the pallet on the inside, there isn’t any fabric from the bed above blocking your reach.

This is possible with a desk stapler, but not at all idea.

Any cracks left unpatched in the pallet wood can dramatically change how the pallet beds drain when you water them.

Please share any questions, suggestions or great thoughts in general below.

Until next time,

Keep reaching to be something better, to participate in new ways, like this little Pallet-that-did!


For more Pallet ideas and to get your bearings on the pallet palette, be sure to take a look at this great reference PDF.


About ERay

Capoeirista, Gardener, and Development Practitioner but a cowboy way down deep.
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3 Responses to New Pallet Frame Garden for the Balcony

  1. Thanks for the pingback. I like your project, similar to onw i did with school kids last year. There’s lots more examples of garden projects using pallets on my blog 🙂


  2. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

    Excellent job. Happy gardening!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. atkokosplace says:

    This is great! Wonderful for small spaces…wonderful anywhere!


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