Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden // DIY

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I have been wanting to do this project for over a year. This pallet has literally been sitting in my backyard just waiting for me to get motivated....and I am thankful I finally did!  After much Pinterest educating, I tackled this long overdue project....can you tell I love succulents this now is the 4th or 5th succulent project I have made!

Supplies:
Pallet
Landscaping Fabric
Staple Gun
5 Cubic feet of Dirt (I bought the kind specific for succulents)
Succulents



Step 1: Obtain a Pallet. I am sure there are several ways you can obtain them for free. Here in San Diego we seem to have them in every alley, so once I saw this one in decent shape I scooped it up. I stained it a dark color, before I started and I am glad I did it makes the green of the succulents really Pop! Also sand down any really jagged edges.



Step 2: Take your Landscaping fabric, measure it out the size of your pallet. I measured mine out 3 times the size I needed so I could fold it over upon itself and thus creating a thicker barrier.




Step 3: Staple the heck out of it. staple everywhere. Especially focus on the bottom and the sides making sure it is tightly fixed.




Step:4 Place Pallet flat on the ground, opening side up.  ***IMPORTANT*** place your pallet as close to where you want to permanently place it, because it will be VERY heavy. I was shocked it took 2 grown men to move my pallet about a yard and it was a strenuous activity.



Step 5:  Add dirt.  Maybe it was because my pallet was larger then others, but I went through 5 bags of dirt! I saw a tutorial that only called for one, so I bought 2, then I had to go to the store for more....then again for more...totaling 5 bags. So I recommend if you don't want to make several trips get more then you need! Pack it in nice and tight especially on the bottom. 





Step 6: Add Succulents.  My pallet garden is thankfully made entirely from cuttings I was able to get them from neighbors, family, friends and even my own yard and I still keep adding to it! This was a HUGE  save on cost!

Step 7: Ideally let it sit for a few weeks in order to allow plants to root before moving it vertical. I waited about a week though, and it was fine.

Succulents do not need to watered a ton, maybe once a week. Enjoy your vertical pallet garden.





Photo Credit: Pictures of the Pallet Vertical Garden were beautifully taken by the amazing Katie Beverley

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39 comments:

  1. Beautiful! You make this project doable. Thanks for the help as we're planning and dreaming about our garden for next year already. Will definitely do this one!

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    1. Oh great Nell! I am glad it was helpful! Can't wait to see how yours will turn out!

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  2. Oh, it's so beautiful! What a neat project! Is it stable once it's vertical, or do I need to worry about children pulling it over on top of themselves? I only worry because you mentioned how heavy it was to move.

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    1. Rita, good concern. I would definitely be careful around kids, but I think it would be pretty hard for them to knock it over, since it is so heavy it is solid.

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  3. Love it! I want to do this as an herb garden some time. But I have a feeling your thumb is more green than mine. :)

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    1. Lauren, there is now way anyone's thumb is as black/brown as mine! I kill everything! Succulents are the only survivors =) Doing this would herbs would be awesome!

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  4. I absolutely love this. I need to start getting more succulents though. I have the pallet ready :)

    Thanks for sharing.
    Pinning it!

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    1. Thanks for pinning Bobbi! You are half way there if you have a pallet already!! Have fun!

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  5. This is so gorgeous! I'm hoping my next apartment has a little outdoor space so I can try it:)

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    1. Ginnie, this is perfect for a place that does not have a lot of space!

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  6. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! Was it hard to plant the cuttings because the space between the slats was small? I'd love some tips! Definitely will have to try this next time I come across a spare pallet :)

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    1. Erica, not at all...succulents are such troopers they grow anywhere! Keep your eyes out for a pallet ;)

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  7. That is so gorgeous! What a wonderful idea!

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    1. Thanks Gigi!!! My daughters name is Gigi....love it!

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  8. What a fun idea. I have had a great time with succulents this year. They are such a fun plant!

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    1. Elizabeth, thank you! Aren't succulents just fantastic?!

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  10. Love this, so beautiful, featuring this weekend, thanks for linking up to Inspire Me Monday!

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    1. Yea! Oh, thank you Kristin! I am glad you loved this fun project!

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  11. This is gorgeous, Cassie! I'll be featuring it at Monday's Project Inspire{d}. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope to see you at next week's party!

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  12. Way to go! It looks amazing!

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  13. Saw this post over at Pepper Design Blog and couldn’t wait to check it out. You did a beautiful job with the pallet garden. I love the rustic quality to it. Thanks for the tip to let the plants root a bit before sitting it up, I’m so impatient I probably would have ruined it the first day!

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    1. Leslie! Thank you so much for hoping over from the interview! I can't wait to see the results of your own project! I hope it will look amazing!!

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  14. Oh my gosh, that's GORGEOUS!! I have 3 or 4 pallets sitting in my backyard that I've been waiting to use for something cute, I definitely am going to try this with one of those pallets :D

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  15. Fabulous! I look forward to seeing it as it fills out throughout the season.
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us a Project Inspire{d}!

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  16. This is SO COOL, Cassie!! I want one, lol!!

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  17. This is so gorgeous. I think I have a thing for succulents. Thank you for sharing. Hello from Fabulous Finds TGIF Linky.

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  18. Hiya! Stopping by to let you know you've been featured this week on The Wednesday Roundup annnndddd because you're featured that means I'm pinning this one to our link party pinterest board! Thanks for sharing and have an awesome weekend!!!

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  19. you'll have to keep us posted on how well the fabric keeps the dirt in place. Hopefully it doesn't start piling at the bottom of the pallet!

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  20. Wow! I've seen those at garden shops and they are so pricey, you certainly made it look easy! What a fun statement wall for your exterior! Thanks so much for sharing at Best of the Nest!

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  21. i love this!! will have to put it on my 'required in future yard' list =)

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