DIY herb garden in the Europallet
Do you happen to have an old Europallet lying around somewhere? If so, now is the right time for their deployment. From such a simple wooden pallet you can not only build all kinds of great DIY furniture, but also a space-saving herb garden for balcony, terrace or the small garden.
Vertical herb garden in the euro pallet build
To convert the pallet into a herb garden, you don’t even need to be particularly skilled. Basically, all you have to do is cut and screw the floors and line the resulting flower boxes with pond liner or similar. The homemade herb garden is ready!
That’s what you need
You need materials:
- one europallet
- narrow wooden slats for the bottom of the “flower boxes
- Mulch or pond liner
- possibly decorative materials such as board foil, ropes, crepe tape…
and corresponding tools:
- drill or larger nails and a hammer
- a big stapler with plenty of stapler needles
- a saw
- and sandpaper.
#**This is how they build it #
Once you have collected all the materials, you can start building. First of all, turn the pallet around and measure how long and wide the bottom of the three future “flower boxes” must be. Then cut three matching shelves out of the narrow wooden slat and secure them well. Once this is done, all you have to do is line the “flower boxes” with foil and staple them – done. The rest is just fine work that you can do as you please or not at all. The range of herbs can be beautifully decorated with table foil and ropes, sanded smooth and varnished/painted in colour or whatever else you can think of to embellish.
- pallet correctly planted
Fill the flower boxes with a suitable herb substrate, the composition of which depends entirely on the desired species. Mediterranean herbs have a lean, sandy substrate, while other kitchen herbs have a richer mixture than flower and herb soil and some sand. Don’t forget to first place a few centimeters smaller pebbles or similar under the substrate as drainage – waterlogging is deadly for most herbs. A standard Euro pallet with three “flower boxes” can hold around 12 different herbs. The exact number depends, of course, primarily on how large the selected species usually become or how often you want to harvest them. Allow the plants enough air and light to grow healthily.
Which herbs are suitable for planting the pallet?
Basically, all leaf and flower herbs are suitable for cultivation in the herb range. Only root herbs such as horseradish do not thrive under these conditions, after all the space available is quite limited. When planting the boxes, make sure you always put together herbs with similar moisture and nutrient needs – combinations like parsley and rosemary shouldn’t get along too well. For example, plant the top row (where there is a lot of sunshine) with Mediterranean herbs, including specialties such as coriander, basil, mint or various wild herbs and the bottom row with common kitchen herbs such as parsley, chives and chervil.
Tip: Always attach the herb pallet well, for example to a wall or with the aid of support posts. If it stands in the garden, for example, as a screen, you can also concrete it in. This securing is necessary so that the whole construction does not fall over at the next breeze.