Spring is here, and one of my favorite projects to look forward to is planting new plants in my Pallet Wall Garden. This is one of my favorite DIYs we’ve done–it was a bit of sweat and muscle to get it put together and installed, but so worth it.
The Perfect Privacy Fence
Since the pool is above ground, the six foot fence doesn’t cover as much as we’d like. And, it’s a great backdrop for the pool.
Want to build your own Pallet Wall Garden?
- 6 pallets
- 4 4x4x12 posts
- 3″ exterior screws
- Flood Exterior Stain (Cedar)
- 6 Bags of Paver Base
- Rectangular Hangers for Planters
- Round Hangers for Planters
- Macrame Plant Hangers
- 8″ Round Plant Pots
- 18″ Rectangular Plant Box
We ordered pallets from a local company, but if you’re looking for ideas, check out this article from The Spruce.
You’ll need four post holes, dug approximately 36 inches deep.
We measured the holes at 42 inch centers. This way, the 4x4s get inserted and the distance between them accomodates the width of the pallets.
We attached the pallets to the 4x4s, creating a “right” and “left” side.
Because we were creating three sections, Installing the middle pallets between the inner 4x4s would happen after those right and left sections were installed upright in the holes.
After the post holes were dug, we inserted the right and left sections into the holes.
*We made sure to check that the distance between the inner posts would accomodate the install of the middle pallets.
Many people would use concrete, but there’s a better way! We use paver base. Install the posts into the 36 inch deep holes. While one person holds the pallet wall level, the other person pours the bag of paver base in and around the posts. You can make small adjustments to the level as you do this.
*One of the benefits of using paver base instead of concrete is that once it’s poured in the hole, the piece is firmly set–no waiting. The other reason is because you can move it in the future if you need to.
The pallets are installed by screwing the side of the pallet into the 4x4s. This takes two people–one to hold the pallet level and in place, while the other person drills the pilot holes and then installs the screws. Pallets do have enough width between them to have your drill in between the pallet front and back–just takes a little maneuvering.
The Finished Pallet Wall Garden
You can also cut the 4x4s so they are even across the top. But, I like having them up above, and in previous years, I’ve hung macrame hangers down from them, or hanging planter baskets.
What do you think of the Pallet Wall Garden? How should I plant it this year? Herbs, flowers, succulents? A mix of all three? Come join the fun on Instagram as I get to planning this year’s living wall!